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What the Green Bay Packers lack in number of free agents, they make up for in the talent that this group of players have. Both Scott Wells and Ryan Grant have significant starting experience. Heck, Wells is one of the best in the game at his position.
Throw on top of that, the potential that Matt Flynn has as a starting quarterback, and it is easy to see just how valuable this group of players are.
Let's take a look at the projected worth of each of these free agents to see what the Packers would have to pay them to keep them on the roster (the amounts are annual salaries):
Scott Wells: $6 million (estimated)
Wells had a phenomenal year in 2011 and established himself as one of the top centers in the game. He is a physically and mentally strong center and does a good job in both the run and pass game.
The Packers paid Wells $2.95 million in 2011, but considering the top two centers in the league (Ryan Kalil and Nick Mangold) each make over $7 million, it would be safe to say that Wells is in for quite the pay raise.
Jarrett Bush: $1.3 million (estimated)
There is a team that is almost certain to overpay Bush. While Bush played better in 2011 than in previous years, he still is better on special teams than he is in the secondary. He doesn't quite have the ball skills you want in a cornerback, and he also isn't very physical at the line of scrimmage or in the open field.
Green Bay matched an offer on Bush in 2009 that payed him about $1.5 million in 2011. He isn't nearly worth that much, but a team in need of desperate help in the secondary will gladly pay him close to that much.
Howard Green: $900,000 (estimated)
Green was expected to soften the blow of losing Cullen Jenkins in the offseason, and he didn't really do that anyway. However, he appeared to be in the best shape of his life and showed flashes of being able to consistently contribute.
One thing that will make Green valuable is his ability to play a few different positions across the line of scrimmage. His best fit is at defensive tackle, but he could also lineup at defensive end every now and then.
In 2011, Green Bay paid Green $765,000, and he's likely to receive a slight pay raise for 2012.
Matt Flynn: $9.5 million (estimated)
There are fewer free agents as closely followed as Flynn. Thanks to his extremely impressive Week 17 performance against the Detroit Lions, any team that needs a quarterback is desperately hoping that the Packers don't place their franchise tag on Flynn and let him hit the open market.
Flynn only made $555,000 in 2011 and will likely see the largest pay increase of any free agent available.
Pat Lee: $600,000 (estimated)
The Packers were hoping that Lee would eventually become the replacement for Charles Woodson at cornerback, but things haven't quite gone that way. Lee has struggled to make much of an impact since he entered the league in 2008. He is still a relatively young player and he can still make an impact on special teams.
Lee was paid $555,000 in 2011, but he's only likely to see a minuscule pay raise in 2012.
Ryan Grant: $1.8 million (estimated)
When healthy, Grant has the ability to be a quality running back for a team. He doesn't have top-end speed, but he hits holes quickly, can catch out of the backfield and is a serviceable blocker. He split time in 2011 with James Starks, and at times Grant appeared to be the better player between the two.
The Packers paid Grant $2.5 million in 2011, but he is unlikely to reach that figure again in 2012.
Erik Walden: $1.2 million (estimated)
Everyone was hoping that Walden would play the Robin to Clay Matthews' Batman. However, it was pretty clear pretty quick that Walden wasn't capable of doing that. He saw plenty of playing time, but was never able to make the most of it. He struggled mightily with getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which was really the only thing asked of him.
Walden had a base salary of $555,000 and should see a nice pay raise thanks to expectations and his youth.