The Packers caught lightning in a bottle with Keisean Nixon last year, who was an unheralded player with connections to special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia from their time together with the Raiders. Nixon ended up as the Packers' primary kickoff returner, and he was outstanding in that role.
But like relief pitching in baseball, outstanding return men can be very volatile year to year. Nixon hasn't been nearly as good this year as he was last season, though that might be an unfair expectation. Nixon has also been given more opportunities defensively for the Packers this year, and there have been mixed results in that phase of his game, too.
Pressed into duty the last couple of seasons, Rudy Ford has done a pretty solid job with the Green Bay Packers and might have earned his way out of Green Bay beyond this season.
Ford will be 29 going on 30 next year and might be able to get better value from some other team on a multi-year deal than he would get from the Packers. Historically speaking, Ford has some nice special teams value but he's proven this season for Green Bay that he can play a more full-time role defensively, allowing just 60.7 percent of throws going his way to be completed.