There are plenty of potential big-name free agents who could hit the open market by March 8 that the Green Bay Packers might be interested in. For example, safeties Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner and defensive end Antonio Smith. But with 19 of their own free agents to re-sign, general manager Ted Thompson may dig a little deeper into free agency for less expensive key talent.
Sure, with $34.7 million in cap space, per calculations by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it's possible the Packers go after a splashy veteran who could contribute in Week 1.
But there are a few players at Green Bay's positions of need (namely, defensive line, linebacker and safety) who won't require upwards of $6 million a year and could still be highly valuable additions to the team.
The following players certainly aren't unknowns, but they're also not the one or two marquee potential free agents in their position groups. Acquiring a couple veterans before May would allow the Packers more flexibility in the draft. They would be free to go after the best player on the board in the early rounds and would have fewer positions filled by young, developing players.
Salary information courtesy of overthecap.com.