Unrestricted FA Breakdown

We take a look at the Packers' five unrestricted free agents — Chad Clifton, Mark Tauscher, Aaron Kampman, Ryan Pickett and Ahman Green — and all of the franchise and transition numbers. Will the Packers be a player this year? Our answer on Monday might surprise you.

Note: The deadline to designate franchise and transition players is Feb. 25, though that probably won't apply to the Packers' five unrestricted free agents. Both tags give their current team the right to match any contract offers. A franchise tag gives the team two first-round draft picks as compensation while the transition tag means no compensation. Free agency begins on March 5.

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The Packers' unrestricted free agents

— LT Chad Clifton: He's not a lock to return, considering that of Scout.com's nine top free agent tackles, Clifton is the only one who will be unrestricted. The franchise and transition tags are extremely expensive for a lineman with a growing history of injuries. Still, the Packers need him back because they don't have anyone else who has proven he can protect the quarterback's blind side. With a championship contender, the Packers can't afford to go into next season hoping that T.J. Lang or a rookie can play that key spot.

— RB Ahman Green: Green may retire, though he proved he's got some life in his legs late in the season. Still, the Packers could use some younger and more explosive legs.

— OLB Aaron Kampman: Kampman, of course, got injured at about the worst possible time. He would have broke the bank in free agency — and still might. He'll be one of the most interesting story lines in the league. Will anyone pay him a premium contract when he may or may not be at full strength this season? Remember, Nick Barnett tore his ACL two weeks earlier and wasn't ready for a full-time role until a month into the season.

— NT Ryan Pickett: The tags really aren't that expensive for a defensive lineman, but they are pricey for a part-time player like Pickett. Still, he'd be a big loss for a team with only four proven defensive linemen. Both sides are interested in making a deal.

— RT Mark Tauscher: Tauscher solidified a horrid offensive line with his midseason return. Tauscher's future may be linked to the draft and where the team ultimately places Lang. Tauscher was born in Wisconsin and played collegiately at Wisconsin and probably isn't anxious to break those Badger State ties. Considering he didn't have a training camp, Tauscher was pretty good in 2009 should be even better in 2010.

Franchise and transition tags


Franchise: $16.405 million.

Transition: $14.546 million.

Offensive line

Franchise: $10.731 million.

Transition: $9.142 million.

Running back

Franchise: $10.585 million.

Transition: $7.151 million.


Franchise: $9.521 million.

Transition: $8.651 million.

Tight end

Franchise: $5.908

Transition: $5.248

Defensive end

Franchise: $12.398 million.

Transition: $10.193 million.


Franchise: $9.68 million.

Transition: $8.373 million.


Franchise: $9.566 million.

Transition: $8.056 million.

Defensive tackle

Franchise: $7.003 million.

Transition: $6.353 million.


Franchise: $6.455 million.

Transition: $6.01 million.


Franchise: $2.814

Transition: $2.629

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