3 Packers cut candidates before the regular season

Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers / Kayla Wolf/GettyImages
3 of 3

Packers could cut P Pat O'Donnell

Moving on from Pat O'Donnell would be a surprise, but it's a possibility. O'Donnell had a solid first season in Green Bay, averaging 44.5 yards per punt. He rarely made mistakes, and his experience playing in cold weather helped him.

That's why it would be surprising if the Packers cut O'Donnell. However, Green Bay signed punter Daniel Whelan last week. Whelen recently played in the XFL for the D.C. Defenders, and he was named an All-XFL after an impressive season.

If Whelan shows he's ready to punt in the NFL, the Packers could create cap space by moving on from O'Donnell. While the details of Whelan's contract haven't yet been revealed, it's likely to be a far more affordable deal than O'Donnell's.

According to Over The Cap, the Packers would save $1.25 million in cap space by releasing O'Donnell.

It would be a risky move. Whelan hasn't punted in the NFL before, whereas O'Donnell has nine years of experience. Having spent eight seasons with the Chicago Bears and one with the Packers, O'Donnell understands how to punt in cold conditions.

But if the Packers feel Whelan is ready to play in the NFL, they could create some cap space by moving on from O'Donnell.

More Packers news and analysis