According to his agent, eight NFL teams have contacted Packers free-agent linebacker Brad Jones during the current negotiating period. "Free agents cannot sign a contract until 3 p.m. Tuesday, but the three-day negotiating window leading up to the official start of free agency is a good indicator of the market for some players," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "That eight teams have contacted Jones speaks to the ground he has gained since the start of last season." You can take news coming from the mouth of an agent with a grain of salt, but it does make sense that Jones would gain interest in free agency. He proved he could be a starting-caliber linebacker last season and at the very least, he's a core special teams player. He'll sign with someone in free agency, the question is for how much?
Former Packer defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins has reportedly signed a three-year $8 million deal with the New York Giants, including $3 million guaranteed. "That is a reasonable amount for a veteran of Jenkins' caliber, but (Packers general manager Ted) Thompson apparently didn't think he was worth it," writes Tom Silverstein. "According to his agent Brian Levy, the Packers 'checked in' but never got involved in negotiations." It's difficult to blame the Packers for not getting involved with Jenkins. They're still in the running for free agent Chris Canty, Johnny Jolly is now in the mix and the Packers can always add a younger defensive lineman in the Draft.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings talked to USA Today about what he's looking for in a potential new team in free agency. "Coaching means a lot, the dynamic of the team," he told USA TODAY Sports. "To me, the quarterback means a lot, if they have one or not, and I have to make sure my family is comfortable." Jennings can make it seem that it's not about the money, but that will be the overriding factor. He'll have nice thing to say about the coach and quarterback of any team he happens to sign with in free agency.
More on Greg Jennings appears at JSOnline.
A Packers free agency preview appears at the Press-Gazette.
Tight end D.J. Williams talks about a teddy bear he takes out in public and appears in photos with him and his friends that he's posted online in an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Free agent safety Mike Mitchell makes sense as a potential Packers free-agent signee, according to Packer Report.
Taking a brief look at all the Packers' unrestricted free agents is JSOnline.
The annual checkup series continues at Fox Sports Wisconsin with cornerback Sam Shields.
The Steven Jackson discussion continues at Lombardi Ave.
The Ol' Bag of Donuts podcast at PackersTalk.com takes a look at free agency.
Whether the Packers should pursue free agent linebacker James Harrison is discussed at Packers Pileup.
Former Packers physician Eugene Brusky passed away.
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 [email protected].
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