Thus, the number of quality players along the defensive line may become an area of need as training camp approaches.
The Eagles' Hugh Douglas and the Redskins' Daryl Gardener are arguably the top two unrestricted free agent defensive lineman from around the league, but the Packers will likely have to find a lower-priced contributor - a player who does not necessarily need to start.
Other notable defensive linemen scheduled to become unrestricted free agents are Chidi Ahanotu (Bills), David Bowens (Dolphins), Lance Johnstone (Vikings), Brandon Noble (Cowboys), Chike Okeafor (49ers), and Talance Sawyer (Vikings). Bowens played for the Packers during head coach Mike Sherman's first year in Green Bay (2000).
If the Packers cannot find suitable talent from the free agent pool or the draft in April, they could also wait to see if any players of interest become available later in the year when teams make cuts for salary cap reasons. A talented group of defensive linemen could potentially fall into that category including Sam Adams (Raiders), Tony Brackens (Jaguars), Norman H and (Saints), Willie McGinest (Patriots), Chester McGlockton (Broncos), Robert Porcher (Lions), and Dana Stubblefield (49ers).