Packers 2023 early free agency predictions: Who stays, who goes?

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Which unrestricted free agents will the Green Bay Packers re-sign in 2023, and who will they let walk?

With playoff hopes fading, the attention will likely soon turn to the offseason. A big one awaits the Green Bay Packers.

Yet again, Aaron Rodgers’ future will headline the offseason storylines, quickly followed by the direction of this team. Is a rebuild on the way? An early draft pick likely is.

The answers to those questions will directly impact free agency and which players the Packers bring back.

Another major factor is the salary cap. And, like the past two years, the Packers won’t have much cap space to make many significant moves.

Three months away from free agency, here are my early predictions for the Packers.

WR Randall Cobb: Walks

Randall Cobb has shown he can still play, but he has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons. Cobb missed five games last year and another four so far in 2022.

Cobb will turn 33 next summer.

If Aaron Rodgers retires, the chances of Cobb returning are likely close to zero.

DL Jarran Reed: Walks

Jarran Reed hasn’t made a huge impact along the defensive line, although he has contributed with 1.5 sacks, eight quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery.

But the Packers have Kenny Clark under contract and recently drafted Devonte Wyatt. They may look to keep getting younger at defensive tackle via the draft.

TE Marcedes Lewis: Walks

An unsung hero for the Packers in recent years, Marcedes Lewis will be missed if he doesn’t re-sign.

But Lewis turns 39 in May. With his contract expiring, now might be the time for the Packers to move on from the veteran tight end.

EDGE Justin Hollins: Walks

Justin Hollins made an impressive debut for the Packers last week, making one sack, one quarterback hit, and two tackles for loss.

If he can keep it up, a new deal could await.