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

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Davante Adams: Walks

This is the big one. Jordy Nelson got a four-year extension when he was 29 years old. Adams will turn 29 this month. So it’s not out of the question the Packers would offer Adams a long-term deal. The issue here is their lack of salary-cap room, not to mention Adams will likely become the highest-paid wide receiver in football, or very close.

With all in that mind, and no matter how much we all hope he’s back, I think this could be Adams’ final year in Green Bay. I hope I’m wrong.

Tyler Lancaster: Walks

Tyler Lancaster provides depth along the defensive line but only has one start this season. While a new deal should be affordable for the Packers, I predict they’ll move on and add more defensive-line depth in the draft.

Dennis Kelly: Walks

Despite all of Green Bay’s injuries at tackle this season, veteran Dennis Kelly is yet to play an offensive snap. Yosh Nijman has been the choice to step in at left tackle when Elgton Jenkins has been out. If Jenkins misses the start of the 2022 season, perhaps they’ll look to bring Kelly back, but David Bakhtiari, Billy Turner, and Nijman will likely be the top three at tackle in that scenario until Jenkins returns.

Lucas Patrick: Walks

Josh Myers is the Packers’ starting center when healthy, and Jon Runyan Jr. and Royce Newman are the starters at guard. Lucas Patrick is playing well in place of Myers and could land himself a starting job elsewhere in 2022.