After four long, arduous months of court appeals, antitrust cases and weeks upon weeks of negotiations, it would appear that a new CBA deal is finally within sight. Once the final details have been hammered out by the legal systems and the deal is signed, sealed, and delivered, free agency will be open once again, and training camp season will be right around the corner.
Everyone can see that with such a shorter window for free agency, there will be an immediate flurry among the 32 teams to retain their most important free agents as well as pick up a few key pieces that the NFL Draft was unable to satisfy.
In this case, Green Bay will be one of the rare teams that truly need to delve into the free agent market to address any missing pieces. The Packers are still in a prime position to good things, even in a locked out 2011 offseason with no OTAs or mini-camps.
But, the Packers do have key needs they must address in free agency. While there is talk of who should be kept, there are actually plenty of reasons that some of these free agents should be put onto the open market and get a fresh start elsewhere.