Packers free-agent breakdown: Offense

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's not as long of a list as last year, when the Green Bay Packers had 19 players headed toward free agency, but general manager Ted Thompson still has plenty of decisions to make about which players to try to keep and which ones to let walk.

Thompson may already have made up his mind about some. Others will come down to price. But this much is certain: Not all of the 14 upcoming free agents (11 unrestricted and three restricted) will be back with the Packers next season. Last year, eight of the 19 returned.

Here's a look at the Packers' free-agents-to-be on offense (to be followed later by the defensive players):


Bryan Bulaga, OT: This was an important year for the former first-round pick, who missed the last half of 2012 (hip injury) and all of 2013 (knee), to show he can stay healthy. And he did, although it looked iffy early on when he sustained a knee injury in the season opener. However, he missed only one start (Week 2 vs. the Jets) and was part of an offensive line that started the same five players in 17 of the 18 games (including playoffs). Despite the injury history, he's still young (he will turn 26 in March). He allowed just four sacks, two of which came in one game (at Miami). The Packers already have big money invested in their guards, Josh Sitton ($4.85 million base salary in 2015) and T.J. Lang ($4.2 million), so it could be tough to keep another high-priced player on the line. 2014 base salary: $2,565,500.

Randall Cobb, WR: Back in November, a high-ranking NFL executive said the feeling around the league was there's no way Cobb would hit the open market. Since then, the price to keep him has gotten higher. Cobb finished with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns -- all career highs. Jordy Nelson’s extension last summer averaged $9.75 million per season. Cobb may not get that much, but it could be close. 2014 base salary: $812,648.

Matt Flynn, QB: The Packers brought back Flynn as an insurance policy after he went 2-2 as a starter last season during part of the time Aaron Rodgers was out because of his broken collarbone. But the Packers didn't need Flynn this time. He played only in mop-up duty except for two meaningful series in the Week 17 game against Detroit after Rodgers left briefly because of his calf injury. If Flynn returns, it likely will be under another one-year deal. 2014 base salary: $730,000.

John Kuhn, FB: At a dying position, Kuhn still managed to make a significant impact, especially late in the season when the Packers tried to run the ball more, and was selected to the Pro Bowl. However, he's no longer a sure thing in short-yardage situations. Still, he's a Rodgers favorite and could come back under another one-year deal. 2014 base salary: $855,000.

Scott Tolzien, QB: After a strong showing in the preseason, outplaying Flynn, he spent the entire season as the No. 3 quarterback, marking the first time since 2008 the Packers opened the season with three quarterbacks on the roster. Coach Mike McCarthy invested nearly two years in Tolzien, so it's unlikely the Packers would let him walk without seeing if he could handle the No. 2 job. 2014 base salary: $645,000.


Don Barclay, OG/OT: After starting 18 games over the previous two seasons, mostly in place of Bulaga, Barclay was expected to be the utility lineman who could play either inside or outside. But he tore the ACL in his right knee in early August and missed the entire season. Still, he likely will be tendered at the minimum level and given another chance to compete for a roster spot. 2014 base salary: $570,000.

Jarrett Boykin, WR: Perhaps the most disappointing player on the Packers' offense this past season, Boykin had as many dropped passes (three) as he did receptions (three for 23 yards). That followed a 2013 season in which he caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns. He lost the No. 3 receiver spot to rookie Davante Adams in the first month of the season. Given that the minimum restricted free-agent tender will be around $1.5 million, it's possible the Packers won't even make him an offer. 2014 base salary: $570,000.