Biggs: Packers have lots of RFA decisions to make

Free agency is setting up to be an expensive proposition for the Green Bay Packers and that is before general manager Ted Thompson considers wading out into the open market.

According to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers are likely to give second-round tenders to five restricted free agents before the Thursday deadline at a price tag of $1.7 million apiece. Add on a first- and third-round tender for safety Nick Collins and some smaller tenders and by Bedard’s math the Packers are at $14 million in tender for RFAs alone.

Of course, keeping young talent is one of the primary goals of any organization. Free agency starts at home. It’s about preventing your own players from leaving via free agency before importing others because, as personnel execs will tell you, in most cases there is at least one knock against a player that is on the open market.

The report indicates that guards Jason Spitz and Daryn Colledge, safety Atari Bigby, cornerback Tramon Williams and defensive lineman Johnny Jolly are expected to get second-round tenders. Spitz and Colledge will compete for the starting left guard job.

Collins will be tendered for $3.3 million and it would not be surprising if the team, at some point, works out a longterm extension for him. Cornerback/return man Will Blackmon, who is recovering from a knee injury, and fullback John Kuhn are expected to be tendered at the low level for $1.176 million.

Here is the thing about these RFA tenders: They are not guaranteed. So if the Packers believe it’s too much money to play one of these players as the season approaches, or decide it’s too much to pay one of them to be a backup, they can be released at no cost.

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