Packers free agency 2018: Predictions for each free agent

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20: Safety Morgan Burnett
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20: Safety Morgan Burnett /
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OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 20: Safety Morgan Burnett
OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 20: Safety Morgan Burnett /

Which of the Green Bay Packers’ free agents will be re-signed, and who will walk?

Free agency begins in under two weeks, and the Green Bay Packers are expected to be active participants for once. But before we talk about which outside free agents they might look to bring in, it’s first important they take care of their own. Who will the Packers re-sign, and who will they need to replace?

One of Ted Thompson’s final jobs as general manager was to re-sign Davante Adams and Corey Linsley. This has saved Gutekunst a few headaches. They were the top two priorities, and the Packers did a good job of re-signing them before the end of the 2017 season.

According to Spotrac, the Packers have approximately $19.30 million in cap space. That number could change if a contract is restructured — Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are candidates. They could also make savings by releasing a veteran or two who are in line for a high cap hit. Again, Nelson and Cobb would have to be considerations.

It remains to be seen how Gutekunst will approach free agency, his first as general manager. He has said all of the right things so far, but will he actually be aggressive on the market and make some key signings?

It’s possible the Packers have a few free agent targets in mind, and that could play a direct role into their own free agents. It’s possible Gutekunst will allow some of the team’s top free agents to depart if it helps him sign the players he thinks will strengthen the roster. Time will tell.

Let’s take a look through Green Bay’s upcoming unrestricted free agents. Who will the Packers sign to new deals, and who will they need to replace at some point this offseason? Let’s start with Morgan Burnett.