The Packers, with plenty of room under the cap, likely will pursue signing a few of the players that were released.
Here are some of the big names that were released from their contracts Wednesday, along with a few that were re-signed. Scout.com also provides the reasons why they were released or re-signed:
Bills - Released TE Mark Campbell, DT Sam Adams, and S Lawyer Milloy
Analysis: Campbell wasn't a surprise as new offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild will run a version of the Ram offense which didn't use the tight end position much. The team is hoping that second-year TE Kevin Everett will be a major contributor at the position.
Adams was at odds with the team over playing time/role last year so the move to release him was expected. The team is very light on talent and depth at the position so look for that position to be addressed in the draft.
Milloy was the one surprise as there wasn't a strong indication that he was going to be released. He should find a starting job elsewhere. For now, backup S Coy Wire, whose job Milloy took in the first place, steps back in with the first team defense.
Broncos - Released RB Mike Anderson, TE Jeb Putzier, and DL Trevor Pryce
Analysis: Anderson was a minor surprise but believe it or not, the team believes veteran RB Ron Dayne could have a major role in the running game next season along with RB Tatum Bell. This move gives credence that they were interested in trading for RB Ricky Williams.
As for Putzier, Scout.com noted at the NFL Combine that the team was leaning toward not picking up his roster bonus and that's essentially what happened. They'll look for a more complete player who blocks better. Still, Putzier is a terrific athlete who is a good fit for a West Coast offense. The Packers may seriously consider signing Putzier, if the price is right.
It isn't as though Pryce was very old (turns 31 in August) but his play waned in recent seasons and he was part of a deep defensive line rotation so he became expendable. Still, the versatile veteran can play inside or outside and should find interest in free agency.
Browns - Re-signed UFA DL Orpheus Roye and signed DT Ethan Kelley to a one-year extension.
Analysis: Roye proved to be a terrific fit for head coach Romeo Crennel's version of the 3-4 defense and Roye put up career tackle numbers. At 32-years old, he should have at least two good years left.
While he won't ever be an All-Pro, Kelley is a young player with a little upside and has extensive experience in Crennel's defense as the two were with the Patriots together. Kelley will be used in a rotational basis again which is the best role for him.
Buccaneers - Re-signed RFA QB Chris Simms
Analysis: Unable to get him signed to an extension, they were still able to get him under contract for another season. It's not out of the question that they will sign him to a long-term deal should a CBA get done soon.
Dolphins - Released OT Damion McIntosh, CBs Reggie Howard and Sam Madison, and S Tebucky Jones
Analysis: Some point to a recent off-the-field issue as part of his release. Fact is, he was an underachiever and not up to starting caliber for a left tackle. He would be best suited as depth for a team, not a starter.
Howard turned out to be a major free agent bust for the team and got relegated to a dime role at one point last season. He'll find a roster somewhere in a backup capacity.
The signs were there in recent seasons that Madison wasn't the player that he once was plus he was making too much money ($3.4 million in base salary).
Jaguars - Re-signed UFA DL Rob Meier and RFA LB Tony Gilbert
Analysis: The versatile Meier is a good rotational player that can give the starters a breather inside or outside.
Gilbert one of their best special teams players plus he backs up starting MLB Mike Peterson.
Panthers - Released RB Stephen Davis, RB Rod Smart, DT Brenston Buckner
Analysis: The Davis moves comes as no surprise (was set to make $1.85 million in 2006) as the team is hoping second-year RB Eric Shelton can take over at least the short-yardage role. Davis is clearly at the end of the line and may only have enough mileage for one more season.
Smart is a decent special teams player but the team was deep at running back, so he was expendable.
The team is high on young defensive tackles Jordan Carstens and Kindal Moorehead so Buckner and his $1.85 million salary became expendable. The team badly wants to re-sign UFA WLB Will Witherspoon so Buckner's cap space should help.
Ravens - Re-signed RFA TE Daniel Wilcox to a three-year extension
Analysis: Wilcox is a nice story and finally found a home as one of their key backup players on offense.