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Packers Daily Links: Canty Leaves Green Bay Without Contract

The Green Bay Packers haven't signed free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty...yet. "Canty concluded his visit with the Packers Thursday, but his agent, Brad Blank, said there were no negotiations and that he probably wouldn't talk with team officials until Friday to see what they were thinking," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Just because Canty left Green Bay without a contract offer doesn't mean they won't strike up conversations. The Packers probably want to mull the results of his physical and determine how much money they can afford to offer Canty. With the start of free agency scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Canty will likely want to get a deal done before that time when teams start allocating money to other players.

More on Chris Canty comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com and JSOnline.

The agent for free agent defensive lineman and former Packer Cullen Jekins told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that his client is open to a return to Titletown. “He wants to go where he’s going to get an opportunity to play and be a part of a team that has a chance to compete for the Super Bowl,” Brian Levy is quoted as saying by reporter Pete Dougherty. “I think Green Bay provides him with both those opportunities. Plus he’s been there — I don’t think he wanted to leave in the first place.” Levy said that some teams are waiting until next week to determine the market for free agent defensive linemen, which could be an indication that Jenkins might not sign a very lucrative contract.

After Tramon Williams admitted in a recent radio interview that his shoulder injury still bothered him in 2012, outlets covering the Packers searched for analysis. "You can safely assume that Williams is not the only player to deal with aftereffects of injuries long after the prescribed recovery time is over," writes NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. "It's no different than a player who has sore knees for the rest of his career after major knee surgery. The real question is whether he will truly recapture his pre-injury form. Most people who have watched him since September 2011 would agree there have been plays when he appears a less-than-willing tackler. It happened more often two seasons ago than last year, but it won't take you long to think of examples from both years." If Williams doesn't get past his shoulder issues in 2013, it may cost him playing time. With a deep and young group of cornerbacks on the Packers roster, they'll be looking to overtake Williams on the roster.

More on Tramon Williams comes from JSOnline and Acme Packing Company.

Free agent breakdowns of linebacker Brad Jones and running back Cedric Benson appear at Acme Packing Company.

An interview with former Packers running back Jim Taylor appears at Fox Sports Wisconsin, as does the annual checkup on quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com has pro day reports from Arizona, Texas Tech, Mississippi, Illinois, TCU, West Texas A&M and Eastern Washington.

The daily pro day tour appears at Packer Report in addition to a Combine interview with Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.

Pro Football Weekly provides its team needs for the Packers in 2013.

Some analysis on defensive lineman B.J. Raji appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

The official website of the Green Bay Packers takes a look at the free agent class of offensive linemen.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation is accepting grant applications.

Video: PackersNews.com talks to a Packers fan about how he caught the "Packers Bug"...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

Comments (13)

redlights's picture

If Williams doesn't win the starting job in camp; he'll be cut. unless he's due a roster bonus before then, or renegotiate.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Wanna place a bet on that?

redlights's picture

I'd bet, but your previous job didn't pay enough for me to take your money!

8.5M cap this year; 9.5M next. I want 38 back to 2010 form more than anyone, but they have 3 starter quality CB's without him.

Unless they redo and add one or two years; but i don't see them using more than 6M cap per year. I also could see 38 go in a trade at the draft, though, again his cap number makes it tough.

Kinda like Hartline getting $6M from the Dolphins. I believe that GB has Nelson and Jones for $3M each. Hartline will not produce to that level.

Brian Carriveau's picture

I'm not ruling out the Packers potentially doing something with Williams in 2014, but he will be playing 2013 under his current contract. Don't expect him to be cut or restructure.

redlights's picture

Yeah, I don't want to argue; but why would they keep this much cap money on a player that admits he may not be 100% in 2013?

Stroh's picture

Cuz releasing him creates dead money against the cap this year that then can't be used to sign Rodgers and Matthews. They want to find more money not lose more! Its called cap mgmt.

cow42's picture

but isn't the "dead money" gone, regardless?
so if they cut him then a large portion of his salary would NOT be on the books. so they'd still come out ahead.

it's not like that "dead money" is money they could use if he's on the team... that $'s already gone.

right?

Stroh's picture

Dead money means its a net loss against the cap. So it saves cap room by keeping Williams. Not unlike Hawk.

redlights's picture

So if they keep him he costs $8M against the cap; if cut $4M, right? Seems to me that those $4M minus cost of rookie to replace, would fit nicely into ARodg's pocket.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Then there's also the issue of Tramon isn't nearly as bad as people are making him out to be.

imfubared's picture

One other option, he medically retires like Collins. Then I think then whole salary is washed and he collects the equivalent of a medical insurance policy.

imfubared's picture

I'm sure the Pack knows about his injury issue's and I'm sure they know if it will heal or not so the answer to the above is, if they draft a DB with the first pick, expect the worst for Williams. His play sucked last year injured or not. Teams fed off him being on the field and he personally kept drives alive for them by his lack of play.

GB cannot afford another year of TW. He either heel's and shows something in camp or he will be another Collins saying adios and retiring. My take, is the Pack draft a DB with the first pick.

Devil Doc's picture

Canty leaves with no contract from two different stops? Didn't he stop in KC or TEN before stopping in GB? There's a reason for it that no one has let on yet....

Tramon Williams is starting to remind me of Al Harris' final years in Green Bay. A bit overrated...I thought Al Harris was garbage, sorry if that offends everyone, but I hope TW doesn't fall into that. He played amazing during the SB run, but hasn't lived up to that since. If its an injury thing, then so be it. But I can't take another year of him dodging tackles and lack of physical play.

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