Analyzing the Green Bay Packers' Next Big Contract Decisions

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Analyzing the Green Bay Packers' Next Big Contract Decisions
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The Green Bay Packers will have some tough decisions to make in the next few months, as they have a number of players who will be unrestricted free agents in 2015.

The list includes wide receiver Jordy Nelson, wide receiver Randall Cobb, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, nose tackle B.J. Raji, cornerback Tramon Williams, offensive tackle Don Barclay, offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, defensive back Jarrett Bush, cornerback Davon House, quarterback Matt Flynn, quarterback Scott Tolzien, linebacker Jamari Lattimore, tight end Ryan Taylor and defensive tackle Letroy Guion.

In addition to that, both wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and safety Sean Richardson will be restricted free agents.

According to overthecap.com, the Packers currently have $13,914,121 in available salary cap space for 2014.

The good news is that the salary cap for the NFL turned out to be higher than expected for 2014, and that trend looks to continue in 2015 and 2016.

That situation will certainly help the Packers, but difficult decisions will still remain. As Rob Demovsky of ESPN writes, the Packers will have four players on their team who will account for almost half of the cap money in 2015.

Those players are quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($18.25 million), linebacker Clay Matthews ($12.7 million), defensive end/linebacker Julius Peppers ($12.0 million) and cornerback Sam Shields ($9.125 million).

However, as Demovsky writes in his piece, the Packers have some flexibility with the contract of Peppers, depending on how he does in 2014.

For this slideshow, I'm going to focus my attention on the first five players I listed who will be unrestricted free agents in 2015 and whether or not they will be back in Titletown next year or beyond.

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