Free agency update

Here is an update on Green Bay's off-season regarding free agency, needs and priorities.<p>


QB -- Brett Favre is getting up there and suggesting this might be his final season. Craig Nall, who will play in NFL Europe League, is all that's behind him.

LB -- Even with the retention of Na'il Diggs, Nate Wayne, the weak-side starter, is gone to Philadelphia. Hardy Nickerson, the starter in the middle, is finished. Hannibal Navies is on board but there is a great need for more bodies.

DL -- The Packers lost versatile backup Billy Lyon to Minnesota and are expected to lose DE Vonnie Holliday. They had Colts DE Chukie Nwokorie in for a visit and remain interested.



UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Jeff Blackshear (late-year fill-in; he's worthless); NT Gilbert Brown (welcome back at minimum wage); FB Tony Carter (aging player with little market value); TE Tyrone Davis (had a decent year and club wants back as No. 2); OT Earl Dotson (started most of the season for injured Mark Tauscher and might be back for minimum as veteran protection); DE Vonnie Holliday (has visited Arizona and Seattle in search for best deal); KR Eric Metcalf (late-season fodder); LB Hardy Nickerson (he's 37 and well, well past his prime; it would be a shock if he doesn't retire); QB Doug Pederson (just turned 35, knows the West Coast offense like the back of his hand and still surprisingly athletic).

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): OT Kevin Jordan (not tendered as ERFA); DE Ed Kehl (not tendered as ERFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: P Josh Bidwell (tendered at $605,000 with 4th-round pick as compensation; solid veteran definitely wanted back); DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (tendered at $1.318 with 1st-round pick as compensation; premier pass rusher but club gambled by not giving him first- and third-round tender).

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: LB Paris Lenon (tendered at $300,000; top linebacker backup but not starting caliber); NT Rod Walker (tendered at $450,000; good player could start at NT).

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: WR Karsten Bailey (not tendered as RFA; $1.225M/2 yrs, $25,000 SB; 2003 cap: $462,500); LB Na'il Diggs (RFA/matched Lions offer; $10.5M/4 yrs, $2.8M SB; 2003 cap: $2.1M); DT Cletidus Hunt (TFA; $25.35/6 yrs, $6M SB; 2003 cap: $1.7M); CB Bryant Westbrook (UFA; $565,000/1 yr, $35,000 SB).

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Al Harris (trade Eagles); FB Nicolas Luchey (UFA Bengals; $6M/6 yrs, $1.1M SB; 2003 cap: $713,000); LB Hannibal Navies (UFA Panthers; $3.08M/3 yrs, $500,000 SB; 2003 cap: $697,000).

PLAYERS LOST: S Matt Bowen (RFA Redskins; $5.9M/4 yrs, $1.6M SB); WR Terry Glenn (traded Cowboys); DT Billy Lyon (UFA Vikings; $2.23M/3 yrs, no SB/$400,000 RB); CB Tod McBride (UFA Falcons; $9.38M/4 yrs, $775,000 SB); LB Nate Wayne (cut); CB Tyrone Williams (UFA Falcons; $11.5M/5 yrs, $3M SB).

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

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