Cap concerns limit Packers’ options heading into free agency

March 15, 2022 GMT
FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles during pregame of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Detroit. Aaron Rodgers is planning to come back to the Green Bay Packers for an 18th season, a move that keeps the reigning MVP off the trade market and answers the question that had dominated NFL offseason discussions. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel, File)
FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles during pregame of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Detroit. Aaron Rodgers is planning to come back to the Green Bay Packers for an 18th season, a move that keeps the reigning MVP off the trade market and answers the question that had dominated NFL offseason discussions. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel, File)
FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles during pregame of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Detroit. Aaron Rodgers is planning to come back to the Green Bay Packers for an 18th season, a move that keeps the reigning MVP off the trade market and answers the question that had dominated NFL offseason discussions. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel, File)
FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles during pregame of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Detroit. Aaron Rodgers is planning to come back to the Green Bay Packers for an 18th season, a move that keeps the reigning MVP off the trade market and answers the question that had dominated NFL offseason discussions. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel, File)
FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers smiles during pregame of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Detroit. Aaron Rodgers is planning to come back to the Green Bay Packers for an 18th season, a move that keeps the reigning MVP off the trade market and answers the question that had dominated NFL offseason discussions. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel, File)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — GREEN BAY PACKERS (13-5)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: P Corey Bojorquez, LB Oren Burks, LB De’Vondre Campbell, CB Rasul Douglas, DT Jack Heflin, OT Dennis Kelly, CB Kevin King, DE Tyler Lancaster, G Lucas Patrick, WR Equanimeous St. Brown, CB Chandon Sullivan, TE Robert Tonyan, CB Isaac Yiadom

RESTRICTED FREE AGENT: WR Allen Lazard

NEEDS: The Packers can breathe a little easier heading into free agency now that MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers has signed a contract extension. The Packers also placed a franchise tag on All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. But the Packers still have an unsettled situation at receiver because of the possibility Valdes-Scantling, Lazard and St. Brown could depart. The Packers would love to hang on to Campbell and Douglas but might not be able to afford them. Campbell and Douglas had breakthrough seasons as first-year Packers in 2021, with Campbell earning All-Pro honors and Douglas delivering numerous big plays. Complicating matters is the Packers’ cap situation. The Packers have tried to address that by releasing OLB Za’Darius Smith and OT Billy Turner and extending or restructuring the contracts of a number of veterans.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $7 million over.

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