GREEN BAY, Wis. – What if the Green Bay Packers failed to re-sign any of their own free agents?

It's unlikely, but as general manager Ted Thompson and contract negotiator Russ Ball focus on trying to re-sign receiver Randall Cobb and tackle Bryan Bulaga, it appears they've made little progress on re-signing any of their other free agents in advance of Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline to retain exclusive negotiating rights. At that point, free agents are allowed to begin talks with other teams but can't sign until Tuesday.

The agents for two potential Packers' free agents said Wednesday that no deals are imminent with their clients.

Kenny Zuckerman, who represents cornerback Davon House, said that there has been "nothing substantial" in the way of contract talks but added that "it takes very little time to do a deal."

Kevin Gold, who represents fullback John Kuhn, said that there is "mutual interest," but he expected it to take a week or two into free agency to get a deal done.

With that in mind, here's what the Packers' depth chart would look like without their unrestricted, restricted and exclusive-rights free agents:

Offense
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
Running backs: Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Rajion Neal.
Receivers: Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Myles White, Jared Abbrederis*.
Tight ends: Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless, Justin Perillo.
Tackles: David Bakhtiari, JC Tretter, Jeremy Vujnovich, Aaron Adams*.
Guards: Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Lane Taylor, Tretter, Josh Walker.
Centers: Corey Linsley, Tretter, Garth Gerhart, Joe Madsen.

Defense
Defensive linemen: Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel, Bruce Gaston, Luther Robinson*, Khyri Thornton*.
Outside linebackers: Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Jayrone Elliott, Adrian Hubbard, Andy Mulumba*, Nate Palmer*.
Inside linebackers: Sam Barrington, Matthews, Carl Bradford, Joe Thomas.
Safeties: Morgan Burnett, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Micah Hyde.
Cornerbacks: Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Hyde, Demetri Goodson, Tay Glover-Wright, Jean Fanor.

Specialists
Kicker: Mason Crosby.
Punters: Tim Masthay, Cody Mandell.
Long snapper: Brett Goode.

*Finished last season injured reserve
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Courtesy Starke Police Department Officers seized 357 grams of marijuana, more than $190,000 in cash and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in Letroy Guion's truck.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion has agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement, which will result in probation, stemming from his arrest for felony marijuana and firearm possession last month, according to a source familiar with the case.

The deferred prosecution agreement will be signed in the next couple of weeks, the source said.

Guion will avoid serving any jail time but still could face discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell under the league's personal conduct policy.

The 27-year-old Guion, who will be a free agent next week, was arrested Feb. 3 in his hometown of Starke, Florida, after he was pulled over for erratic driving. Police found 357 grams of marijuana and an unloaded gun (which was registered to Guion in Minnesota) in his 2015 Dodge Ram truck. Police seized the truck and $190,028.81 in cash that Guion said was from his Packers' paychecks.


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Free-agency guide: Packers

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Ahead of the start of free agency, Insider is providing buyer's guides for all 32 teams: biggest need positions from Football Outsiders, top targets from KC Joyner and Matt Williamson and predictions on how everything will play out from our NFL Nation team reporters.

Included below are links to every team's article. This is the entry for the Green Bay Packers.

Biggest needs

1. Defensive line: We ranked the Packers just 24th in overall run defense, 26th in adjusted line yards (which measures a defense's control of the line of scrimmage), 30th in ALY on runs marked left tackle and 28th on runs marked left end. Nose tackles B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion are both free agents and must be replaced or re-signed.

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Jim Basquil and Mark Brunell talk about a couple of NFL free agents who may not be worth their big price tag.

Sam Barrington will get shot at bigger role

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ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter Rob Demovsky discusses the inside linebacking position.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With free agency set to begin in a little more than two weeks, we will count down the top-10 Green Bay Packers' players scheduled to hit the open market on March 10.

We're going in reverse order.

House
Here's No. 3: Davon House.

2014 pay: $645,000 (final year of his rookie contract).

By the numbers: Appeared in 15 games (including playoffs) and made four starts. He returned for the playoffs after missing the final three games of the regular season because of a shoulder injury. Had one interception, one forced fumble and 11 pass breakups (fourth on the team) while playing on 33.3 percent of the defensive snaps. Also was ninth on the team in special-teams participation, appearing on 37.2 percent of those plays.

The case for keeping him: House is young (25) and came up through the Packers' system as a fourth-round pick in 2011. At 6-foot and 190 pounds, he's bigger than the two starting corners last season, Sam Shields (5-11, 184) and Tramon Williams (5-11, 191), and perhaps more physical. That was evident in the Dec. 8 win against the Falcons, when receiver Julio Jones caught 11 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. House was the only defensive back who had any success against Jones, breaking up two passes intended for Jones. If the Packers let the 32-year-old Williams leave in free agency, they'll need to keep House.

The case for letting him walk: That same game against the Falcons, however, also showed House's major weakness, his inability to stay healthy. Late in the game, while breaking up a pass for Jones in the end zone, House came down on Jones' knee and sustained a fractured scapula. In some ways, it was a metaphor of House's career. Just when it appeared he was making a breakthrough, he got hurt. In 2012, House appeared poised to win a starting job until he sustained a shoulder injury in the preseason. That job went to Shields, who never gave it up and then signed a four-year, $39 million contract last March.

Prediction: The Packers will re-sign House and give him the chance to win a starting job.

Previous installments

No. 10: Linebacker Jamari Lattimore
No. 9: Cornerback Jarrett Bush
No. 8: Fullback John Kuhn
No. 7 (and 7a): Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien
No. 6: Defensive tackle Letroy Guion
No. 5: Cornerback Tramon Williams
No. 4: Defensive tackle B.J. Raji
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When the Green Bay Packers announced last week that they would open up Lambeau Field to fans for Brett Favre's induction into the Packers Hall of Fame, former team president Bob Harlan offered a glimpse into what this summer's ceremony might entail.

"We have featured people coming in to participate in the ceremony," said Harlan, who now serves on the Hall of Fame's board of directors. "To say it's going to be a historic evening when you see the people who are going to be here, you can't say enough about how historic it is."

The guest list is typically left up to the inductee, but it's safe to say plenty of Favre's old coaches and teammates will be present.

In fact, the invitations for the July 18 event already have gone out.

Thanks to Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who began his career as one of Favre’s understudies, we can see exactly what the invites look like:



In a telephone interview, Hasselbeck said he will do everything in his power to make it back for the event and expects many of Favre's former teammates to do the same.

"I think there's just a lot of respect for certain things, and that's a dead time in our offseason," said Hasselbeck, who spent three seasons (1998-00) in Green Bay. "Aside from some family commitment that I don't know about yet, I'm going to do everything in my power to be there. I think it's really cool. Thanks to Brett for [the invitation]."

Hasselbeck was one of several quarterbacks the Packers drafted, developed and then traded away during Favre's 16 years with the team. The list also includes Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell and Aaron Brooks. Hasselbeck, a sixth-round pick in 1998, said he actually became closer with Favre after the Packers traded him to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001.

"My first year, Brett was still a wild man," Hasselbeck recalled. "That second year he was trying to quit drinking and then the third year he did, so that third year it was a totally different experience. All those other guys that Brett had been with -- Chewy [Mark Chmura] and Frankie [Winters] -- were gone."

Like Favre, Hasselbeck got his first chance to start under coach Mike Holmgren, who left the Packers after the 1998 seasons to coach the Seahawks.

"When I left, Brett was really, really helpful," Hasselbeck said. "It was really hard for me that first year in Seattle. I had gotten hurt. I essentially got benched for Trent Dilfer and Holmgren was so, so hard on me. The only thing that gave me hope was that I knew that Holmgren had been harder on Brett. So I can remember phone calls with him [talking] about that."

Hasselbeck said he was on the fringes of Favre's inner circle during his time in Green Bay.

"I did Thanksgiving with the Favres and Christmas with the Favres, but it was probably Chewy, Frankie and Deanna [Favre] that got me the invite," Hasselbeck said. "And I was probably closer in age to Brett's daughter, Brittany. When I'd do Thanksgiving over there, I'd end up playing Battleship with Brittany while everyone else sat around watching football."
Join us today at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT for NFL Nation TV's Spreecast as we return for episode No. 46 with our sights fully set on free agency.

Host Paul Gutierrez (San Francisco 49ers reporter) and co-hosts Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and Mike Wells (Indianapolis Colts reporter) Will be joined by four other NFL Nation reporters throughout the show.

Michael Rothstein (Detroit Lions reporter) will take us behind the Lions' decision to avoid franchise-tagging defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and also give us an idea of where the prized lineman might end up.

Mike Reiss (New England Patriots reporter) will join to make sense of New England's decision to place the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, instead of potentially doing so with free-agent defensive backs Darrelle Revis or Devin McCourty.

Todd Archer (Dallas Cowboys reporter) will give us an update on the Cowboys' apparent decision to let DeMarco Murray, 2014's rushing leader, test the open market.

Sticking with offense, Rob Demovsky (Green Bay Packers reporter) checks in to outline why the Packers may be content doing the same with receiver Randall Cobb, who reportedly was looking to stay in Green Bay for $12 million a year.

As always, viewers are encouraged to log in and ask the panelists questions as well as contribute in the chat feature.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With free agency just a week away, we are counting down the top 10 players the Green Bay Packers have who are scheduled to hit the open market on March 10.

We're going in reverse order.

Here's No. 4: B.J. Raji, defensive tackle

Raji
2014 pay: $3.7 million ($3.1 million base salary, $500,000 signing bonus, $100,000 workout bonus. Lost out on $300,000 in per-game roster bonuses).

By the numbers: Did not play a single snap in 2014 after he sustained a torn biceps tendon in the Aug. 22 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders and spent the entire season on injured reserve.

The case for keeping him: Raji did not disappear like some players who sustain season-ending injuries. He stayed in Green Bay to undergo his treatment following surgery and work on his rehab while still trying to help out the team when he could. Raji regularly attended practices and could be seen offering advice to the younger defensive linemen. He also traveled with the team to road games and helped out on the sideline during games. Coaches and players alike said Raji also attended team and position meetings all season. At the NFL scouting combine last month, coach Mike McCarthy said: "I thought it was good having him around. It was good for the young guys. So [we] hope to get him back."

The case for letting him walk: Raji did not have a great season in 2013, which was why he drew little interest on the free-agent market last March. He had to come back to the Packers on a one-year deal after he failed to find a team willing to give him a long-term contract. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers was able to plug in Letroy Guion at nose tackle, where the Packers intended to play Raji last season after using him at defensive end the previous three seasons, and Guion played well against the run and offered more pass rush than Raji has in recent seasons.

Prediction: Raji will be back under another one-year contract that likely will be for less money than the last one.

Previous installments
No. 10: Linebacker Jamari Lattimore
No. 9: Cornerback Jarrett Bush
No. 8: Fullback John Kuhn
No. 7 (and 7a): Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien
No. 6: Defensive tackle Letroy Guion
No. 5: Cornerback Tramon Williams
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers did not use the franchise tag on receiver Randall Cobb -- or any of their other pending free agents -- and now have only until March 10 to get a deal done with him before he's free to sign with another team.

Cobb
It would have cost the Packers $12.823 million to use the franchise tag on Cobb, but it would have assured that they would retain their slot receiver for at least one more season.

They easily could have absorbed that number under their salary cap given that they have about $33 million in available space at this point, but Packers general manager Ted Thompson has rarely used the tag as a means to keep a player. He did so in 2010 with defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who then agreed to a long-term deal shortly thereafter. He also used it in 2008 on defensive tackle Corey Williams and then traded him to the Cleveland Browns.

So what's next for Cobb and the Packers?

Between now and Saturday, the Packers still have exclusive negotiating rights with all of their free agents. But come 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, any team would be free to negotiate with Cobb even though they couldn't sign him until March 10.

Last season, the Packers let their priority free agent, cornerback Sam Shields, get to the negotiating period before they signed him to a four-year, $39 million contract. They got the deal done about six hours after Shields and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, were allowed to start talking to other teams.

Cobb's agent, Jimmy Sexton, almost certainly has an idea of what kind of money his client could get on the open market, but he might want to wait until the negotiating period officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on Friday before he goes back to the Packers with any more demands.

It's possible a team with major cap space, say the Jacksonville Jaguars (with nearly $70 million in cap space) or the Oakland Raiders (more than $56 million in cap space), could come in with an offer far above what the Packers think Cobb is worth.

Sexton did not return messages left Monday.

Cobb is coming off his best season with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he has been primarily a slot, or inside, receiver during his four-year NFL career. Typically, receivers who play on the outside are higher paid.

The Packers plan to continue to try to work out a deal with Cobb before free agency opens. They also are trying to re-sign tackle Bryan Bulaga, who could have been franchised for $12.92 million, well above his market value.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles added their first free agent of the offseason, agreeing to a two-year contract with former Green Bay Packers linebacker Brad Jones during his visit with the team Monday.

Jones, 28, was the Packers' seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft. He played in 76 games for the Packers, including 36 starts.

Jones played outside linebacker in his first three seasons. In 2012, he moved to inside linebacker. He started 22 games over the next two seasons on the inside.

Last season, Jones started just one of the 13 games he played. He was released by the Packers on Feb. 20.

In six seasons, Jones had 10 sacks and one fumble recovery. He also played special teams.

Jones is expected to provide depth at inside linebacker for the Eagles. One starter, DeMeco Ryans, missed the second half of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon. Ryans' replacement, Casey Matthews, is about to become an unrestricted free agent. Matthews started 11 games for the Eagles in 2014.

With Ryans' return uncertain, Jones could provide some competition for Najee Goode, Emmanuel Acho and Travis Long at inside linebacker.


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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last week, we were able to estimate how much salary-cap room the Green Bay Packers would have to work with this offseason.

Now we know exactly.

It's $33,030,981.

On Monday, the salary-cap number for the 2015 season was set at $143.28 million.

Last week, we had been operating under an estimated cap, which was believed to be $143 million.

It's only a difference of $280,000, but to be exact, it means the Packers' adjusted salary cap for this season is $151,471,106, which includes $7,791,106 in unused cap space that will carry over from last season and another $400,000 adjustment, according to the NFLPA figures released on Monday.

With the top-51 contract plus the dead money, the Packers have $118,440,215 committed to their cap.

They have 11 players scheduled to be unrestricted free agents next week. Among them is receiver Randall Cobb, who would have to be notified by 4 p.m. ET time if he is going to get the franchise or transition tag. There has been no indication the Packers plan to tag Cobb, but we will know officially in about an hour.
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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesJarrett Bush led the Packers in defensive snaps (1,134) and tied for the team lead with three regular-season interceptions.

Green Bay Packers veteran defensive back Jarrett Bush was arrested early Sunday morning for misdemeanor public intoxication and later released with no charges being filed in Vacaville, California.

According to the police report obtained by ESPN.com, Bush was detained and later released following an incident at Evelyn's Big Italian Restaurant in the downtown area of Vacaville.

The report said there was a fight outside the restaurant and, when officers arrived, they found a large gathering of people outside and asked those gathered to leave. However, officers said Bush "refused to leave and continued to create a disturbance, and as a result was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication."

The report said Bush was cooperative with officer after being detained.

The 30-year-old Bush was booked into Solano County Jail at 3:21 a.m., according to the jail log. 

Bush, a Vacaville resident, is the second Packers player to be arrested this offseason. Last month, defensive tackle Letroy Guion was charged with felony possession of marijuana and a firearm in Starke, Florida.

Both players are scheduled to become free agents on March 10.


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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With free agency a little more than a week away, we are counting down the top 10 players the Green Bay Packers have who are scheduled to hit the open market on March 10.

We're going in reverse order.

Here's No. 5: Tramon Williams, cornerback.

Williams
2014 pay: $7.5 million ($6.9 million base salary, $300,000 roster bonus, $300,000 workout bonus).

By the numbers: Played in every game for the seventh time in his eight NFL seasons. He led all Packers defensive players by logging 1,134 snaps (or 93.1 percent of this past season's defensive plays) and tied for the team lead with three regular-season interceptions.

The case for keeping him: He's the very definition of dependable. Since he first made the Packers' roster in 2007 (after spending 2006 on the practice squad), Williams has appeared in 140 out of a possible 141 games (including playoffs). He's a highly respected figure in the locker room and although he hasn't matched his big-play production from 2010, when he posted a career-best six interceptions (plus another three in that postseason), his 22 interceptions since 2010 (including playoffs) ranks second in that span among active players behind only Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

The case for letting him walk: Williams will turn 32 in two weeks. Last year, he was the 12th highest-paid cornerback in the NFL but was rated as just the 41st-best player at his position by ProFootballFocus.com, which charged him with allowing 10 touchdowns in 18 games (including playoffs). Opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 106.5 when targeting him, according to PFF. That number had never been higher than 85 in Williams' first seven seasons. He also allowed completions on 63.6 percent of the passes thrown his way, which also was the highest percentage of his career.

Prediction: The Packers will move on from Williams and go with a younger player, perhaps Davon House or Casey Hayward, at his spot.

Previous installments
No. 10: Linebacker Jamari Lattimore
No. 9: Cornerback Jarrett Bush
No. 8: Fullback John Kuhn
No. 7 (and 7a): Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien
No. 6: Defensive tackle Letroy Guion
It was another busy offseason week for the Green Bay Packers, who released linebacker A.J. Hawk and continued to try to get their own free agents re-signed. As always, we'll answer questions about some of this week's hot topics. Future questions can be submitted via Twitter with the hashtag #PackersMail.

Demovsky: There has been a lot of angst this week about the status of Randall Cobb. There was a report that the Packers had conceded that Cobb's price was going to be high. While it's true that no deal is imminent, nothing has changed since last Friday, when we reported that, according to multiple sources, re-signing Cobb and tackle Bryan Bulaga remains the Packers' focus right now. ESPNWisconsin.com's Jason Wilde essentially reported the same thing this Friday based on his conversations with sources close to the situation.

Demovsky: As much as the Packers would like to have a tight end with Jermichael Finley 's ability to stretch the field, that's not going to happen. It's not about Finley's age or money, but the fact that the Packers' doctors will not clear Finley to play again. And based on the fact that Finley hasn't attracted the attention of any other teams in nearly a year, most other teams' medical people probably feel the same way. I saw Finley recently and although he wouldn't discuss his future, he seemed to be in a good place in his life without football.

Demovsky: No. It was not about money with A.J. Hawk, unlike when the Packers cut him in 2011 only to re-sign him under a more salary-cap friendly deal the next day. This time it was about performance. They have made the decision to upgrade their inside linebacker position and as dependable and reliable as Hawk has been for nine years, having missed only two games in that stretch, they have decided to move on for good.

Demovsky: Joe Thomas was having a nice training camp until a knee injury knocked him out. But to think that he could come back as a starter would be a huge stretch. After all, he played in only one preseason game - and only four defensive snaps in that game - before the injury. The Packers didn't see him on the field again until they re-signed him to the practice squad midway through the season. Also, Thomas played a low level in college at South Carolina State, was undrafted last year and needs some seasoning. He'll have a shot to make the roster, but it's a long shot, and it won't be as a starter.

Demovsky: First of all, the Packers have not closed the door on John Kuhn. In fact, his agent met with the Packers at the combine and there seems to be some mutual interest in bringing him back. As for Hawk, yes, he and Aaron Rodgers are close, but Rodgers has been around long enough to understand that this can be a tough business. I do not expect this to be an issue with him. He's a professional. He gets it.

Demovsky: Sure, they could keep both Tramon Williams and Davon House. They have plenty of cap space. But they probably won't. They know they need to find a way to get Casey Hayward on the field more. He's too productive. He tied Williams for the team lead with three interceptions despite playing just 37.8 percent of the defensive snaps last season.

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