Free agent reset: Waiting, seeing

The Packers, like most teams, appear to be waiting to see if they can fill their holes in the draft. With that said, here are the top available free agents who could help the Packers.

Green Bay isn't the only NFL city where there's no free agent news.

Across the league, the free agent market has slowed to a trickle. While there are still a few talented players available and a signing being made here and there, it's looking more and more like teams are content to wait for the draft to see if they can fill their needs.

For instance, defensive end Vonnie Holliday is one of the top players available and certainly would help beef up the Packers' questionable defensive front.

But contacted via e-mail on Friday, Holliday's agent, Cary Fabrikant, said there's "nothing to report" as far as interest in Holliday either in Green Bay or across the league.

Here's a quick rundown of players who could help the Packers.


Julius Peppers: The Panthers have downplayed the Peppers-to-the-Patriots talks. As long as the Packers are $29 million under the cap and Peppers hasn't landed somewhere else, he remains a possibility (albeit remote).

Holliday: The 33-year-old makes sense in Green Bay, since he played 3-4 defensive end under Dom Capers in Miami in 2006 and 2007. Last season, he started 15 of 16 games with 46 tackles (30 solo) and 3.5 sacks. He 2006, Holliday had one of the most productive seasons of his career with 66 tackles (46 solo) and seven sacks. That sack total was one short of his career-high eight set during his rookie year with the Packers in 1999.

Kevin Carter: Carter, who turns 36 in September, hasn't missed a game in his entire career and is still a pretty decent player. He had four sacks last season. At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, he's got ideal size. He's recognized as a leader and he'd be a great mentor to Justin Harrell and the end or two the team likely will draft. Carter's agent has not responded to messages regarding his status.

Anthony Weaver: At 6-foot-3 and 274 pounds, he's not perfectly built to be a 3-4 defensive end, but the best years of his career were spent in Baltimore's 3-4. He had 14.5 sacks in four seasons with the Ravens but just one in three with the Texans.

Shaun Cody: He was a second-round bust for the Lions, but at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds with some athleticism, perhaps a switch from 4-3 tackle to 3-4 end would salvage his career. For better or worse, the Packers have a lot of film on him after matching up with Detroit eight times during that span.

John Thornton: The 6-foot-3, 297-pound Thornton is entering his 10th NFL season. He told Packer Report recently that he had not heard from the Packers but could play end in a 3-4.

Outside linebackers: There's value here with Derrick Brooks, Marcus Washington and Freddy Keiaho, among others, but the Packers have a lot of options to play opposite Aaron Kampman and it's a deep draft at that position.

Cornerbacks: There are a lot of graybeards available, including Ken Lucas, Samari Rollie, Chris McAlister and Patrick Surtain, but this isn't a dire need and the Packers still think highly of last year's second-round pick, Patrick Lee.


Tackles: If the Packers wind up losing Mark Tauscher or want an insurance policy — agent Neil Cornrich would not provide an update — there are a lot of old tackles on the market who could be stopgap solutions. Orlando Pace, Marvel Smith and Jon Runyan top the list. Former Raider Kwame Harris is available, too, for a more youthful prospect.

Guards: Mike Goff, Kendall Simmons and Pete Kendall top the list, but the Packers probably are happy with their internal candidates, especially with Josh Sitton expected to challenge for a starting job.

Centers: Duke Preston can play guard and center, but the Packers are probably fine with Scott Wells being tested by Jason Spitz, and this is a great draft class for centers.

Running backs: Warrick Dunn and Ahman Green remain on the market if the Packers want to add a back with proven pass-catching abilities. DeShaun Foster fits that mold, too.

Fullbacks: Should the Packers desire a better blocker than Korey Hall and John Kuhn, Terrelle Smith and Lorenzo Neal are available. It's not a bad draft for blocking fullbacks, though.

Quarterbacks: The Packers aren't in the market, especially with the draft providing an opportunity to grab another developmental prospect. No doubt, all of the top QBs available (Jeff Garcia, J.P. Losman, Byron Leftwich and Kyle Boller) will have to wait until after the draft.

Tight ends: The market is horrible (Jeff King, if you've heard of him, is the top available) and it's a great draft for tight ends.

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