Report: Packers' players waiting to be paid

Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson came under scrutiny some during the spring when the Packers watched free agency pass them by and they barely made a move.

Now, the players in the locker room are wondering when Thompson is going to make a move, according to a report by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Packers have more than $15.8 million in salary cap room, and a host of players set to come out of contract.

By McGinn’s count, Green Bay has 18 players coming out of contract at the end of the season, eight of them starters and five of which are on the revitalized and top-ranked defense. The last time the Packers extended the contract of a veteran player? Two-and-a-half years ago when linebacker Nick Barnett got his big pay day.

Team president Mark Murphy said it’s Thompson’s discretion what to do with the money. Murphy said the team has held talks with a many players. Either the Packers are low-balling everyone, or those talks have all been brief in nature. One agent with a client coming out of contract said he’s yet to receiver a serious offer.

The Packers are operating from a position of leverage with a player like Johnny Jolly. The sixth-round pick from 2006 will be a restricted free agent if the collective bargaining agreement is not extended, and no one seems to have real optimism right now that will occur.

But free safety Nick Collins will be an unrestricted free agent, and he’s enjoying a fine season.

“They ain't signed nobody so I have no idea,” Collins said. “It's out of my hands. As long as I got my teammates and got my family, we straight.”

Murphy said: “We want deals to make sense for us and for the team. It's not an exact science. Ted is trying to identify the right players and make decisions that are good for the future of the team. Injuries play into it. That's just kind of the reality of it. And performance does, too.”

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