Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers don't make a habit of targeting veteran free agents, but with an estimated $28 million in cap space, according to figures obtained by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from a source with NFLPA salary knowledge, Thompson may surprise us all this offseason and acquire one to fill a key position.
Though Thompson has been consistent in his reliance on the "draft-and-develop" method, he did say this offseason that the Packers would consider taking a veteran free agent if the terms were right.
"If we get the opportunity, if it presents itself and makes sense for the club with the way we put things together, we're going to do it," Thompson said in January, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We've done it in the past. We try to do it selectively."
It's not guaranteed that Thompson would make an offer to even one player on this list, let alone all five. And in keeping with his usual methods, he very likely won't target a single external free agent.
But in terms of filling their holes at safety, nose tackle, tight end, center and defensive end, if the Packers wanted to look to a free agent (external or internal) rather than promote a younger player from the squad or acquire through the draft, the following players are some they may target.
As for criteria, the only limitations were that each player had to be a pending free agent—either another team's or the Packers'—but not a 2014 draft prospect or a younger Packer who could move up into the role, and the move had to make sense financially.
The external free agents included herein have not presently been re-signed by their teams, but they could be before free agency officially begins in March.
All salary information courtesy of OvertheCap.com unless otherwise noted.