Which three Green Bay Packers upcoming free agents might not be back next offseason?
Difficult decisions are made by each team every year in free agency. That is no different for Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.
This offseason, the Packers moved on from Pro Bowl edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, offensive lineman Lucas Patrick, cornerback Chandon Sullivan, and even traded All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams.
In 2020, the Packers decided against re-signing All-Pro center Corey Linsley, running back Jamaal Williams, and guard Lane Taylor.
A big reason for this is the salary cap. There isn’t enough money to re-sign everybody. Sometimes the only choice is to move on from talented players and aim to find cheaper replacements in the draft.
For example, Green Bay didn’t re-sign Linsley last spring, despite the fact he was coming off a career year and was named an All-Pro. Instead, the team opted to draft Josh Myers in the second round.
Next offseason, Gutekunst will again need to decide which free agents to re-sign and who to let walk. There will be some difficult decisions to make.
Let’s take a look at some 2023 free agents who might not be back after this season. All of them are important players this year.