Packers’ Corey Linsley Doesn’t Expect To Return

Packers center Corey Linsley tells SiriusXM that “all signs are pointing to” a change of teams this offseason. Linsley, a pending free agent, made similar comments after the Packers’ playoff ouster.

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We’re not closing the door for anything,” Linsley said (via PFT). “Obviously we’d never do that for any team, especially the Packers, but yeah it definitely feels weird. It looks like all signs are pointing towards snapping the ball somewhere else next year.”

Linsley, has spent his entire career in Green Bay since being selected in the fourth-round of the 2014 draft. Fresh off of his first All-Pro nod, he’s now positioned for free agent riches. The Packers, meanwhile, have other matters to address and limited resources to work with. Their own free agent list includes running back Aaron Jones, who could be on track for the franchise tag.

Linsley, 30 in July, has a chance to top Ryan Kelly‘s new high-water salary mark for centers with a deal worth more than $12.4MM per year on average.

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7 comments on “Packers’ Corey Linsley Doesn’t Expect To Return

  1. viercjm

    He’d have to take a below-value offer to stay in GB. It sucks because he’s been so consistent. But, he deserves to get the big contract too.

  2. HailRodgers12$

    We’ve known for almost a year that he likely won’t be back in 2021. To be honest, I was a bit surprised they retained Bak with as bleak as the projected salary cap situation looked then, and still does.
    I just hope Linsley and Jones find good deals. And I kinda hope Pettine convinces the Bears Kevin King is the piece they need to overtake the NFC North…

  3. justme

    Yeah they knew last year they probably couldnt resign him..look at what they have and did…they signed wagner and drafted three lineman..not to mention they had patrik and taylor who wont wow anyone but both have started plenty in the past and were ok…most likely scenario is jenkins slides to tackle to replace wagner patrik moves to center where he has played before and runyan who looked pretty good in limited chances moves to guard opposite turner to replace jenkins and taylor and the rookie drafties and they have couple others still on the roster adds depth

  4. jwoh13512

    I wish we could afford to keep him but it wouldn’t make sense with the salary cap problems we already have. He’s been a real solid player in Green Bay. Does his job well, doesn’t get penalized and you never hear of him getting in trouble off the field. I think the Packers should try signing players on their second contract to a 5 or 6 year deal like the Cowboys do to reduce your number of free agents every year.

  5. stubby66

    Let’s be honest if Rodgers said bring him back he would be back . Just like Brett always wanted Frankie Winters back all the time

    • HailRodgers12$

      Frank Winters was never in the debate of “best center(s) in the NFL” and I also suspect the team wasn’t in a dire cap situation as it is now.
      Seems like Rodgers did make at least 1 statement about wanting everyone back, including Linsley, Jones and Williams (I don’t recall King’s name mentioned though, so take that for what it’s worth…).

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