In classic Green Bay Packers fashion they stayed very quiet during free agency and barely moved around on draft day, deciding to stay put and take their chances. Ted Thompson has used the same strategy of draft-and-develop to create a deep squad that is always competing for the playoffs, which means there is a lot of competition at the back of the roster for very few open spaces. So who could find themselves leaving Lambeau before the season starts?
Micah Hyde, S
Green Bay are currently carrying seven safeties on their roster, which is far too many. They are also $6 million over the salary cap and need to create some room. With Morgan Burnett, Damarious Randall and HaHa Clinton-Dix on the roster providing quality and flexibility Hyde becomes very expendable, especially when cutting him can save the Packers $1.3 million.
Don Barclay, OT
Don Barclay was part of the offensive line that nearly got Aaron Rodgers killed last year. While that alone isn’t enough to have the Packers move on from him drafting Jason Spriggs in the second round probably is.Brian Bulaga and David Bakhtiari are capable of playing left tackle, meaning Spriggs should be able to get some seasoning without the pressure of playing the blind side. It’s possible Green Bay will to carry four offensive tackles into week one, but with deep quality at corner and wide receiver the pressure of cutting down 53 is likely to force Barclay out.
Nick Perry, OLB
The Packers are yet to see a 1st rounders return on the pick they used on Nick Perry in 2012. With just 12.5 sacks in his 4 years and yet to play 16 games in a season Perry needs to impress the Packers in all year if he wants to keep his spot, and get a new contract from anyone in the NFL next season. Personally I would move on from Perry now if I were Ted Thompson. They can save almost $4.8 million by releasing Perry, which would do most of the work required to get them under the cap this season.