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6 Available Free Agents Still Within the Green Bay Packers' Reach

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 15, 2014

6 Available Free Agents Still Within the Green Bay Packers' Reach

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    Wide receiver Sidney Rice is one free agent still available for the Packers.
    Wide receiver Sidney Rice is one free agent still available for the Packers.Ross D. Franklin

    The quality of free agents available to the Green Bay Packers is not very good. All of the big-name players have already been signed, leaving behind the scraps of free agency.

    However, the Packers can still find players who will add depth to their current roster. They may never start while in Green Bay, but they all still have the potential of making positive plays on a limited basis.

    Here's a look at six available free agents still within the Packers' reach.

Dustin Keller, TE

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    Chris Covatta

    There is no doubt that the Packers need some more talent at the tight end position. Unfortunately, there aren't many options left in free agency.

    One player who would definitely be a risky signing would be Dustin Keller. Keller tore his ACL early last year while playing for the Miami Dolphins.

    However, he'd be able to be signed for cheap, and when he's healthy Keller has proven to be an extremely talented player. If his knee completely checks out, he could be quite the offensive steal for the Packers this upcoming season.

Sidney Rice, WR

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    Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    Much like Keller, wide receiver Sidney Rice has plenty of history dealing with injuries. He's likely a shell of his former self, but he could still have some value to the Packers.

    At 6'4", Rice has the size to be a real threat in the red zone. In fact, the Packers currently lack a receiver with Rice's size. He'd be able to play a limited amount of snaps while still being able to make an impact.

    The key with Rice is finding out if he has the motivation to get healthy and stay healthy. As long as Rice is okay medically and mentally, he could be a sneaky signing for the Packers.

Kyle Cook, C

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    Gail Burton

    Now that Evan Dietrich-Smith will be taking snaps in Tampa Bay, the Packers need a center. They missed out on the bigger names in free agency, so their options are rather thin.

    While center Kyle Cook is coming off his best season for the Cincinnati Bengals, he's still an experienced starter in the NFL. This is more than any of the offensive linemen currently on the roster in Green Bay can say.

    Cook finished last year as the No. 24 overall center per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He's certainly not a long-term option, but Cook could help for a year or two.

    Even if the Packers believe their future center is currently on the roster, they could still sign Cook to add some depth at the position.

Steve Gregory, S

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    Steven Senne

    There was no doubt that heading into free agency, the safety position had the most available talent. And there's no doubt that this same position remains the Packers' biggest need heading into the 2014 season.

    Unfortunately, there just aren't many players left who could really improve the safety woes in Green Bay. One option would be former New England Patriot Steve Gregory.

    Gregory at least has the experience playing for a solid defense that the Packers currently lack. Is he starting material? Probably not, but he could at least provide depth and insurance in case drafting or developing a safety doesn't work out.

    While Gregory isn't the greatest free agent available, he's a better option than the Packers doing nothing at the safety position.

Matt Flynn, QB

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    Matt Ludtke

    Update: Matt Flynn agreed to a deal with the Packers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com

     

    The Packers simply can't afford to head into the 2014 season with only two quarterbacks on their roster. In fact, the best decision would be to head into the preseason with at least four quarterbacks on the team.

    The easiest solution to the Packers' current problem would be to re-sign Matt Flynn. He's already familiar with the offense and has proved that he can be a solid backup when needed. However, there has to be some reason why the Packers haven't already re-signed Flynn.

    The bad news for the Packers, if they want to sign him, is that they have some competition. The New York Giants are interested in Flynn, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News

Josh Freeman, QB

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    Julio Cortez

    Our last option is also the Packers' craziest option in free agency.

    We just talked about the need for more quarterbacks in Green Bay, and one option could be Josh Freeman, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings. His career is currently on a downward spiral, but the Packers may be exactly what he needs.

    Freeman would be able to sit on the bench and learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the game for a year or two. If the Packers absolutely needed Freeman to play, he could at least be serviceable for a game or two.

    There are definitely risks associated with Freeman, but not bringing in more quarterbacks is a way riskier option.

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