An early look at the Green Bay Packers’ unrestricted free agents a year from now.
The Packers face a number of tough decisions between now and next March.
Looking ahead to free agency next year, something general manager Brian Gutekunst will already have done, the list of players set to hit the market is a little daunting.
Eleven Packers currently under contract are entering the final year of their deals and will become unrestricted free agents next March if they aren’t re-signed before then.
Here’s the full list:
Randall Cobb, WR
Clay Matthews, OLB
Ty Montgomery, RB
Lance Kendricks, TE
Quinten Rollins, CB
Jake Ryan, LB
Brett Hundley, QB
Demetri Goodson, CB
Aaron Ripkowski, FB
Clinton-Dix needs to have a strong 2018. An All-Pro and Pro Bowler just a couple of seasons ago, the 25-year-old needs to step up after a disappointing 2017, particularly in a secondary sans Morgan Burnett.
Matthews has been a superstar in Green Bay for a number of years, and he’s still an important player now even as he begins to decline due to age. Injuries have been problematic for the 31-year-old, but the six-time Pro Bowler is still key to the Packers’ defensive success this season. I’m sure the Packers will want him back a year from now. His performances in 2018 will determine how much it’ll cost.
Wilkerson was given a one-year “prove it” deal by Green Bay. If he does indeed “prove it”, the Packers will have to decide whether to pay him next spring.
When healthy, Montgomery is a huge asset on offense, no matter whether he’s lined up as a running back or wide receiver. The key words there are “when healthy”. This is a big year for Montgomery.
Kendricks, Rollins, Ryan and Goodson all need to prove themselves in 2018.
Assuming the Packers decide to keep a fullback after this season, Ripkowski will likely be re-signed.