Packers free agents

The free agency period in the National Football League is scheduled to begin at midnight on Feb. 29. Here is a list of players with the Green Bay Packers whose contracts will be up and their status in free agency at that time:

-- LS Rob Davis, the team's oldest player, is a good bet to still be playing in Green Bay when he hits the big 4-0 late in the 2008 season. He remains one of the best at his specialty and commands the respect of a locker room filled with much-younger players.

-- TE Ryan Krause, a better receiver than blocker, offered little after being promoted from the practice squad at midseason. His return to the team probably hinges on whether Bubba Franks, a potential cap casualty, is back.

-- QB Craig Nall returned to the team late in the season as the No. 3 guy at the position. Nall, though, isn't interested in continuing to serve as the caddie for both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

-- CB Frank Walker, the team's lone addition of note in the offseason last year, probably won't see a second season in Green Bay. The writing was on the wall when he was deactivated for the NFC Championship loss to the Giants, his former team.

-- T/G Tyson Walter spent the entire season on injured reserve because of a toe injury. The versatile, rugged veteran is worth bringing back to compete for a backup spot.

-- LB Tracy White was limited late in the season by an ankle injury. The special-teams ace figures to be back in a Packers uniform.

-- DT Corey Williams is the only unrestricted free agent of significance and stands to get rich quick on the open market. As valuable as he's been the last two years as an interior pass rusher, team management doesn't view him as irreplaceable because of the depth at tackle.

-- DT Colin Cole, a run stuffer, figures to stay put and will try to rebound from a season-ending broken forearm he sustained in the Thanksgiving Day game.

-- RB Vernand Morency, relegated to a situational role after missing the entire preseason with a knee injury, isn't a must-have for next season but probably will be in the offseason competition for the backup jobs.

-- SS Atari Bigby thrived as a relentless, fearsome first-year starter but will have to rectify inconsistencies to remain in the lead role.

-- RB Ryan Grant proved to be a godsend for a previously anemic running game the second half of the season and can write his ticket as a franchise back by racking up proficient performances for a full season.

-- WR Carlyle Holiday, a converted quarterback, missed all but the season-opening game with a knee injury but, when healthy, has shown to be a dynamic situational receiver.

-- TE Tory Humphrey might be down to his last strike to overcome an injury history that includes a season-ending broken leg suffered on the first day of training camp last year.

-- FB John Kuhn made his mark as a lead blocker down the stretch of the season, setting up an offseason battle with Korey Hall for the starting job.

-- WR Ruvell Martin has been a capable, tall target as a possession receiver but will be in a crowded battle to stick with the team as the No. 4 or No. 5 guy.

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