The Packers are $529,000 under the salary cap, but the Packers are expected to waive wide receiver Antonio Freeman in June, freeing up $4.3 million, which was Freeman's 2002 salary-cap number. Green Bay also is expected to restructure the contract of safety LeRoy Butler, who has a salary-cap number of $3.232 million for 2002.
If the Packers release Freeman and restructure Butler's contract they will have money under their cap to sign veterans after June 1 when other NFL teams dump higher-paid players to clear room under their salary caps.
The Packers probably will seek help at middle linebacker and possibly a return specialist.
Jacksonville is expected to release middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson. Linebackers currently available in free agency include former Packer Bernardo Harris, Stephen Boyd and Ed McDaniel.