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Unlike last offseason, when both Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga were free agents, the Packers don't have a major player entering free agency in 2016. But Green Bay isn't without tough decisions, with cornerback Casey Hayward, nose tackle B.J. Raji, running back James Starks, linebacker Mike Neal, fullback John Kuhn and receiver James Jones all scheduled to be free agents.
The most intriguing player facing free agency? Former first-round pick Nick Perry.
While his short career has been plagued with injuries and inconsistent playing time, Perry came on in a big way late in the 2015 season. Over two playoff games, he produced 3.5 sacks. In fact, he tied DeMarcus Ware for the second-most sacks in the playoffs.
The Packers did not exercise his fifth-year option last offseason, but Perry can be a difference-maker when he's healthy and on the field. And with Julius Peppers entering the last year of his contract at age 36, Green Bay probably doesn't want to risk losing a young pass-rusher who was once picked 28th overall by general manager Ted Thompson.
Then again, Perry is probably itching to test the open market. If he gets there, the Packers might have to deal with the possibility of Perry reaching his potential in a different uniform.