GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's not just a question of whether the Green Bay Packers will re-sign their own free agents such as receiver Randall Cobb and tackle Bryan Bulaga or make pitches for other free agents, it's a matter of when.
On Saturday, teams can begin negotiations with free agents from other clubs and then can sign them on Tuesday.
The Packers have yet to strike any deals, which has a large portion of the fan base nervous as reports swirl (and contradict) about whether the Packers will re-sign players like Cobb and Bulaga.
However, that's not unusual, if you remember how things played out last year.
Last offseason, teams were allowed to begin negotiations with other teams' free agents on March 8, but could not sign them until March 11. With that in mind, here's the timeline of how things happened last offseason:
March 12: Safety M.D. Jennings, who was not offered a restricted free agent tender, signs a one-year minimum contract with the Chicago Bears. On the same day, the Packers hosted free-agent tight end Owen Daniels on a visit. Daniels would go on to sign with Baltimore Ravens.