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Packers have seven days to decide Bush's future

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
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Just making sure everyone saw and understands the news Friday night that Green Bay defensive back Jarrett Bush signed an offer sheet with Tennessee.

Because Bush is a restricted free agent, the Packers have seven days to match the Titans' offer or allow him to leave. Because they assigned Bush the lowest tender possible last month, the Packers will get no compensation in that latter scenario.

But before you start questioning whether the team should have given Bush a higher tender, keep in mind that move would have eliminated any real possibility that he would have received an offer elsewhere. Few teams, after all, would have been willing to give up a second-round pick -- the value of the next-level tender -- to sign Bush, a career dime/nickelback and special-teams contributor. In the end, the Packers would have been left paying him almost $1.6 million in 2009.

We don't yet know the value of the Titans' offer sheet, but you would be hard-pressed to believe the Packers will match a multiyear offer if they envision him in a similar role in future seasons. Such a decision could also complicate their situation with nickelback Tramon Williams, who as an exclusive-rights free agent doesn't have the right to negotiate with other teams. But Williams has yet to sign his tender offer with the Packers, suggesting he will hold out for a longer-term deal.