Packers: 10 key players who could be gone after playoff loss

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
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8. Robert Tonyan

Robert Tonyan hasn’t played since Week 8 due to a torn ACL. A free agent in the spring, Tonyan’s recovery from injury could determine when he’s signed.

There’s no doubting his value to Green Bay’s offense — Tonyan caught 52 passes for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2022 and the team has missed him this season — but will GM Brian Gutekunst decide to move on at tight end?

Once again, it will come down to the Packers’ salary-cap situation and what they can afford to do in free agency. Likely not much.

If Tonyan departs, tight end will be an issue again.

7. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Yet another key offensive player set to hit free agency is wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The Packers desperately missed MVS in the divisional round loss to the 49ers. His ability to stretch the field vertically would’ve helped an offense that only scored 10 points.

MVS has become a key player for the Packers. Drops were an issue last season but he fixed that in 2021, becoming a go-to target for Aaron Rodgers.

Plenty of teams should have interest in signing Valdes-Scantling, but the Packers should do everything they can to keep him, no matter who is at quarterback. Again, though, nothing will be easy with the Packers’ current salary-cap mess.