Has Kampman seen his last days in Green Bay?

From the Journal Sentinel:

Green Bay — The smile on Aaron Kampman's face revealed his progress coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Kampman, who was speaking with reporters in the locker room for the first time since suffering the injury Nov. 22, tried to play coy about his rehabilitation, which began shortly after undergoing surgery Dec. 4. After six weeks of work, he admitted he's well ahead of schedule.

"You don't want to put limits on yourself," Kampman said of pushing his rehab. "Ultimately, you have to know your body, yourself. I've taken good care of myself, and I've pushed the limits and I know where to go.

"There's no timetable. There is one, but so far I don't fit in that normal timetable. So we'll see what happens."

Asked if he expected to be ready for training camp, Kampman, 30, answered yes.

"Things have gone very, very well," he said. "Let's just say I've been very encouraged by the health of my knee."

A bigger question than when Kampman will be ready is for whom will he be playing. An unrestricted free agent regardless of whether there is a salary cap this off-season, Kampman can shop himself freely provided the Packers don't put a franchise or transition tag on him.

At this point, the Green Bay Packers probably aren't willing to cough up the $8 million or $9 million it would cost to do so. So both sides will slow-play the market and see what happens. If Kampman can't work out for teams at full strength, it would be hard for them to sign him to a huge contract.

One factor could be Kampman's desire to go to a 4-3 team so he can play defensive end again. The Packers switched him to outside linebacker, and the experiment yielded only so-so results.

Kampman, however, hasn't ruled out a return.


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