It appears free agent outside linebacker Andy Mulumba will be able to find an NFL home, but it won’t be with the Green Bay Packers.
Mulumba has visited or will visit with the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers, who Mulumba played his first four NFL seasons with, appear ready to move on.
That’s not totally surprising.
The Packers chose not to tender Mulumba a restricted free agent offer after the season, making him an unrestricted free agent. That was expected, considering the minimum one-year offer was $1.671 million and Mulumba somehow only managed to play 59 snaps in 2015.
He did that despite being healthy all season.
There had been speculation that the Packers would give Mulumba a one-year veteran’s minimum deal to return. However, it now appears pretty clear they’re not even interested in doing that.
The Packers are nearly set — at least for 2016 — at outside linebacker. They currently have Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, Datone Jones and Jayrone Elliott on the roster.
Adding another player through the draft and filling out the group with six guys is logical.
As for Mulumba, our bet is he lands with the Chiefs, where former Packers personnel exec John Dorsey is the general manager.
Dorsey picked up another Packers outside linebacker off the scrap heap a few years ago. We’re speaking of Frank Zombo, who has turned into a decent rotational contributor for the Chiefs.
Perhaps Mulumba can do the same.