There are several players that are set to be free agents after this season, not many of which that the Packers can't afford to keep, and yet can't afford to let go.
This is one key reason why I felt it was so necessary to let James Jones walk, simply because I felt that if there was a dispensable player on the team, it was him, and that as good as Green Bay is below the cap level, there still doesn't seem to be enough space to resign all of their key free agents.
Ryan Grant has agreed to take a $1 million pay cut, but there may be more bad news to that than good.
Taking a pay cut nearly confirms that he will indeed play for Green Bay, and that means they'll have to pay a much needed $2.5 million for a running back that seems to have taken a step back. Yes, I know it hurts to think about, but Grant hasn't demonstrated that he still has the burst in the preseason so far.
So that's a total of nearly $5 million that Green Bay is paying for two players that might have both easily been replaced by RB James Starks and WR Randall Cobb. That would have given them a comfortable $18 million of cap space.
But without further ado, here are the key free agents that Green Bay simply must retain this season.