Predicting four 2020 free agents who will re-sign with the Green Bay Packers.
Free agency might seem like a way off, but the Green Bay Packers have already started to make preparations for next offseason. Earlier this week, defensive lineman Dean Lowry signed a contract extension. Lowry was set to become a free agent next offseason, but is now under contract through the 2022 season.
The Packers also released Mike Daniels. Like Lowry, Daniels’ contract was up following this season, but the move came as a surprise considering just how important he has been to the defense in recent years. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, releasing Daniels saved $8.3 million in cap space.
General manager Brian Gutekunst would’ve wanted to save that cap room for a reason. Perhaps it’s to roll it over into 2020, giving them more flexibility in free agency. It’s also possible, and perhaps likely, that some of the money will be used to work out long-term deals with players whose contracts are almost up. And based on recent history, those contracts could happen during the season or before.
A number of key players on the roster are set to hit free agency next offseason, and one has to assume the Packers already are planning on who they want to bring back.
Here are my predictions for four Packers who will sign new deals before becoming free agents next offseason.
Note: While I fully expect the Packers to work out a long-term deal for Kenny Clark, as he’s not a free agent in 2020, he won’t be included in this article.