GREEN BAY, Wis. — It's March 13, 2019, officially the start of a new NFL year.
Oh what a start it's been for the Packers.
On Tuesday, Brian Gutekunst flexed his free-agent muscle by signing four players (and releasing Nick Perry). Now the focus shifts to the expired contracts in the locker room.
As of 3:00 p.m. CT, 12 Packers officially became free agents.
The following #Packers players are now unrestricted free agents:— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) March 13, 2019
OL Byron Bell
CB Bashaud Breeland
S Kentrell Brice
S Ibraheim Campbell
WR Randall Cobb
CB Davon House
TE Lance Kendricks
TE Marcedes Lewis
OLB Clay Matthews
S Eddie Pleasant
ILB Jake Ryan
DE Muhammad Wilkerson
According to multiple reports on Saturday, March 16, free-agent inside linebacker Jake Ryan plans to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ryan was the final member of the 2015 draft class still in Titletown (4th round pick). He missed the entire 2018 season due to an ACL injury suffered during training camp.
Wide receiver Geronimo Allison would have become a restricted free agent but the team reportedly tendered him to a one-year deal. The 3-year pro had his progress cut short by season-ending surgery last season but still managed a pair of touchdowns and 303 receiving yards over five games.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis is reportedly resigning a one-year deal. Lewis was a key pass blocker during his first year in Green Bay but his receiving numbers suffered considerably under Mike McCarthy's game plan. The 13-year NFL veteran hauled in just three receptions for 30 yards and zero touchdowns.
Safety Kentrell Brice was reportedly not tendered and will walk as a free agent after three seasons with the Green and Gold. Despite an injury-plagued season, Brice compiled a career-best 50 combined tackles in 2018 and recorded his first NFL sack.
What's to come for Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews and the rest of those who now free to test the waters of the open market? Stay tuned for updates.