The Packers have informed ILB Nick Barnett that they will release him if they can't find a trade partner.
By dumping Barnett, the Packers can clear $4.4 million in salary cap space. And after they handed fellow inside linebacker A.J. Hawk a five-year, $30+ million contract before the lockout, the money is needed. Barnett has been highly productive ever since the Packers drafted him in 2003, averaging 109.2 tackles per year over his first seven years in the league. Still only 30, he will attract significant attention on the market.
Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter Jul 26, 12:04 PM
Some potential cap money they could recoup right away would be:
$1.25 million from the release of DL Justin Harrell, who is coming off a torn ACL.
$2.35 million from the release of LB Brady Poppinga, who is coming off a torn ACL.
$4.38 million from the release of OT Mark Tauscher, who is coming off a shoulder injury.
$2.3 million from the release of LB Brandon Chillar, who is coming off a third shoulder surgery.
$1.75 million from renegotiating a roster bonus due to RB Ryan Grant, who is coming off an ankle injury.
RangerRick wrote:So it's Jordy Nelson if you want a bargain bin piece of the WR corps?
Beat writer Jason Wilde reports the Packers are "making an effort" to re-sign free agent WR James Jones.
We haven't heard any teams connected to Jones this week, so perhaps a market failed to develop in spite of his obvious talent. For fantasy purposes, his best bet is to leave Green Bay.
Source: Jason Wilde on Twitter Jul 27, 5:15 PM
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests that the "market may be drying up" for free agent DE Cullen Jenkins.
The Cowboys are out of the mix after signing Kenyon Coleman and Marcus Spears, and the same can probably be said for the Redskins after the Stephen Bowen move. There have been loose reports linking Jenkins to New Orleans, but he wouldn't fill a big need there. With Jenkins' price tag almost certainly coming down, perhaps the Packers will reconsider the idea of re-signing him. Jul 30, 1:18 AM
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Packers signed RG Josh Sitton to a new six-year contract.
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh called Sitton the best lineman he faced during his entire rookie season, and it's deserved recognition for a player yet to make a Pro Bowl despite being absolutely deserving. Sitton, 26, has started the Packers' last 32 games and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 ranked guard in football this past year. Excelling as both a run blocker and pass protector, the 2008 fourth-round pick is one of GM Ted Thompson's many draft-day gems.
Source: Tom Silverstein on Twitter Sep 2 - 3:48 PM