UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
UFAs can sign with any team
OLB Clay Matthews Gone.
WR Randall Cobb Gone.
DL Muhammad Wilkerson Gone.
TE Marcedes Lewis Gonee.
TE Lance Kendricks Resign.
OL Byron Bell Gone.
CB Davon House Gone.
CB Bashaud Breeland Resign.
LB Jake Ryan Resign.
S Eddie Pleasant Resign.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
(Teams can put a tender on them restricting them, if no tenders then they're basically UFAs)
Projected Tender Price Options
1st Round Tender: $4,449,000
2nd Round Tender: $3,124,000
Original Round Tender: $2,045,000
WR Geronimo Allison Resign - Original Round Tender.
S Kentrell Brice
S Ibraheim Campbell
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
(Pretty Cheap contracts if the Packers want to keep them, I don't have the price number right now, but player can only sign with the Packers unless the Packers choose not to offer a contract then they're basically a UFA)
OL Lucas Patrick Resign.
OL Justin McCray Resign.
OL Adam Pankey Resign.
OLB Reggie Gilbert Resign.
TE Robert Tonyan Resign.
WR Jake Kumerow Resign.
DL Fadol Brown Gone.
RB Lavon Coleman Gone.Obviously, all of these guys would be fighting for roster spots in training camp.
POTENTIAL CAP RELEASES (amount it would save)
** = means if released before their mid-March roster bonus
OLB Nick Perry ($31.7** million over 3 years) ($10.56 million per year average) Gone.
TE Jimmy Graham ($17** million over 2 years) ($8.5 million per year average)
DT Mike Daniels ($8.3125 million over 1 year)
OC Corey Linsley ($14.65** million over 2 years) ($7.325 million per year average)
OT Bryan Bulaga ($6.6625 million over 1 year)
DB Tramon Williams ($4.75** million over 1 year)
OG Lane Taylor ($8.61** million over 2 years) ($4.305 million per year average)
K Mason Crosby ($3.6 million over 1 year)I would have chosen to cut Graham for the sake of this post, but since it sounds like that isn't going to happen, I will leave him. Let's cut Perry though, just for kicks. In my opinion anyone who suggests cutting Linsley is insane. He is 1 of only 2 very good players on our line, and one who is always healthy. For everyone complaining about the interior of our line, why the hell would we cut our great center?
Spotrac puts us at $34,166,842 in cap space (top 51). Cutting Perry saves us $3,337,500 in cap space THIS season. That puts us at $37,504,342 in cap space going into free agency. Lets look at how much it will cost to resign the above guys. I'm not a contract expert, so for the sake of this post I am going to take the estimated yearly average they will get, and just count that as cap space taken up. Signing bonuses, etc not accounted for in this scenario.
TE Lance Kendricks Resign. Made 2 million last season, I don't see him earning a raise. 2 million.
CB Bashaud Breeland Resign. Spotrac estimates his market value at 7 million.
LB Jake Ryan Resign. Mad 2 million last season, lets call it the same this year.
S Eddie Pleasant Resign. $790k last year, call it the same.
OL Lucas Patrick Resign. $555k
OL Justin McCray Resign. $555k
OL Adam Pankey Resign. $555k
OLB Reggie Gilbert Resign. $555k
TE Robert Tonyan Resign. $555k
WR Jake Kumerow Resign. $555k
Add up all that and it brings us to $15,120,000. That leave us with $22,384,342 left for the draft and free agency. After resigning these guys, lets look at our 2019 roster to see what holes he have to fill with that money.
Address in Draft
Address in free agency. Hopefully Cole Beasley.
Equanimeous St Brown
Address in draft (hopefully one of the Iowa guys)
Address in Draft
Address in FA or Draft
Address in FA or DraftI really think we sign a WR in FA. Which will be pricey, lets be conservative and call that 8 million per year. Cole Beasley. Assuming the rest of the offensive holes are filled with the draft. That 22 million just dwindled to 14 million. We haven't even got to the defense yet. This is why I have been saying when it comes to resigning our own and then trying to address the remaining holes, our cap space does not get us very far. Hopefully, some creative accounting pushes some of the cap usage down a year or two.
Address in FA. Hopefully Ezekiel ansah.
Address in DraftHOLE
Address in Draft
Address in FA. Hopefully Landon Collins.
Address in the draft
Raven GreeneI see us signing a defensive lineman in FA and a safety. The safety should come cheap, say 2-4 million in today's market. Collins or one of the other four guys. Defensive lineman is going to be costly. Say 8-14 million. Ziggy Ansah. Or we could resign Wilkerson rather cheap, but i'd rather not.
The rest of the holes have to be filled in the draft.
With only $14 millions left in cap space for the defense, the safety and lineman take all of that. Leaving nothing left for the draft. So, we might have to make another cut to create space (just cut Jimmy Graham Gute!) or creative accounting to push the cap space usage into years down the road.
In summary, once we resign our own guys (AND cut Perry) it is tough to sign any more than 3 free agents to fill in any holes with a solid player. It also leaves many holes left to fill in the draft/undrafted. We've got a lot of work to do this offseason, and it is going to be tough to do. We're going to have to nail the draft, and get creative with contracts. I'm running out of time here, or I'd go into more detail and scenarios, as the money obviously isn't working at this point.
Resign some guys, cut another guy or two for some savings. Then sign Cole Beasley, Landon Collins and Ziggy Ansah and nail every single draft pick and our team looks great.
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