Packers early 2022 free agency predictions: Who re-signs, who walks?

Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, De'Vondre Campbell
Green Bay Packers, De’Vondre Campbell (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

De’Vondre Campbell: Walks

De’Vondre Campbell has been arguably the best inside linebacker in football this season. Great for the Packers in the present moment but it will make it difficult to re-sign him next spring. Campbell should land a big-money deal somewhere in the offseason, but given the Packers’ limited cap room, it’s hard to imagine they’ll be able to compete with other teams interested.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Re-signed

Almost the entire wide receiver room is set to hit free agency in the spring. The Packers won’t be able to re-sign all of them and could lose All-Pro Davante Adams, but they should be able to bring back at least one or two.

For me, if the Packers can’t work out a deal with Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling should be a priority to bring back. He might not become their No. 1 wide receiver but he’s such a valuable part of this offense. MVS is averaging 18.2 yards per reception but he’s showing why he’s more than just a deep threat. Valdes-Scantling has also improved his hands with zero drops so far this season. He had seven in 2020.

Equanimeous St. Brown: Walks

Equanimeous St. Brown is having a solid season and could be re-signed to provide some depth at wide receiver. But EQ didn’t make the Packers’ initial 53-man roster and I could see the team moving on in the spring.

Oren Burks: Walks

Oren Burks has never been able to earn a big role on defense but he is a key special-teams player for the Packers. That could land him a new deal in Green Bay, but with limited cap room, I have the Packers moving on as Burks doesn’t offer enough on defense.