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The Packers have four defensive linemen who are all unrestricted free agents. They are B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly and C.J. Wilson.
When it's all said and done, it might be that only one of those four linemen will be brought back, as the team is trying to get more athletic across the defensive line.
The Packers currently have Datone Jones, Mike Daniels, Josh Boyd and Jerel Worthy slated to be back in 2014 on the defensive line.
That means there is probably only room for two more linemen across the line. One could be one of the four unrestricted free agents, and the other could come via free agency or the draft.
Plus, the Packers are expected to use both Mike Neal and Nick Perry on the defensive line in certain passing situations, as the team is trying to get their best personnel on the field depending on the down and distance.
The Packers recently gave a short-term offer to Raji to stay with the team, according to Tom Silverstein and Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Raji is still mulling that offer over, but he still is the best bet of the four unrestricted free agents to come back.
Pickett has had a fine eight-year run in Green Bay, but he has also reached the age of 34, and he isn't the player he once was. However, if Raji does not take the offer from the Packers, Pickett would probably get another chance to remain with the Packers as nose tackle.
There are still medical questions about Jolly, who suffered a season-ending neck injury in 2013. Jolly recently had a single fusion procedure done on his neck, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. There is still a chance the Packers might give him another opportunity, at least based on the comments of his agent Jack Bechta.
“I talked to the Packers [last week] about Johnny at the combine, and they said they love him,” Bechta said in Demovsky's story. “They’re just in a wait-and-see mode.”
Jolly had the same type of surgery I once had to repair a damaged disc in the neck between the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae. The chances of returning to the NFL are better with a procedure done in that area, as opposed to the C-3 and C-4 area where both Nick Collins and Jermichael Finley had their fusion procedures done.
Wilson, on the other hand, appears to be on the outside looking in for another opportunity to play with the Packers.