We are entering of a pretty slumberous part of the year in terms of football news, Green Bay Packers fans.
The draft has come and gone, bringing in a bunch of new young talents to both promote the depth of the roster. Free agency is long gone, taking the vast majority of worthwhile pickups off the market.
Moving into and through the summer will bring a bunch of offseason workouts, training camp, and eventually the preseason.
For now, we wait.
In the meantime, many people will turn their focus on the new talents. For the most part I have as well, but I want to take a moment to look back at the guys who were on the Packers’ roster last season but currently sit unsigned.
Unlike the recent draftees, these players are known quantities; we know what they will provide — and perhaps more importantly, what they won’t. These players won’t give a team the untapped potential of a newly minted rookie, but they do allow a team to fill in lacking areas with an already measurable level of quality.
Of course, if their level of quality was high enough, they wouldn’t still be out there.
Still, just because these players are not able to provide a team with high level production doesn’t mean they don’t have value in the proper role. A smart team — and despite the constant rumblings about the way Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson may do certain things, the Packers qualify as such — could possibly still use them in the right situations and right roles.
Let’s take a look at the Packers’ remaining free agents. I’ll be giving an estimate on what I believe the odds are of a possible return.
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