Packers: Five major players who could be playing their final snaps
In a contract year, Corey Linsley has put together his best season with the Packers and was deservedly named a first-team All-Pro.
Linsley, a top-five at his position in both ESPN’s pass block win rate and run block win rate metrics, has been outstanding in the middle of the Packers’ offensive line all season. Unfortunately for the Packers, there are many teams who can be helped by signing Linsley.
According to Over The Cap, the Packers will be around $22 million over the cap in 2021, assuming the total number is $176 million. That doesn’t give the team much flexibility and they’d need to free up cap space in other ways and get creative with any new contracts they sign.
Having already given big new contracts to Kenny Clark and David Bakhtiari, there isn’t much room left to give Linsley the money he deserves.
Is there a way the Packers can make it work?
Of course. There are always ways to free up cap room, including releasing players and restructuring deals, but it would likely result in pushing money into future years.
It was always going to be a challenge to re-sign Linsley, and with how well he’s played this season, the Packers might not be able to compete with other teams in need of a starting center.