2017 Green Bay Packers’ Free Agent Priority List
At The Right Price
Meaning, at the veteran’s minimum or something like it. The Packers don’t need these guys back, but they could utilize them. They are in no way priorities, but we could see them coming back after they wait around until April with no interest from any other team.
8. Datone Jones, linebacker
This was supposed to be Datone’s year, his first full one at outside linebacker. In 2015, he got few snaps and made sure we knew his production was tied to that. Well, he got more than 600 snaps in 2016 and his production didn’t really change. In fact, you could say that overall, Jones was worse. His 2016 line: 22 tackles, one sack, two passes defended. His 2015 line (in about half the number of snaps): 20 tackles, three sacks, three passes defended. Datone did put some pressure on the quarterback, so it’s not as if he’s totally useless, but about the only thing he’s ever going to lead the defense in is personal fouls.
7. Don Barclay, guard
Barclay was terrible as a tackle. The Packers finally wised up and moved him to guard last year. He’s never going to be great, but look. As Lane Taylor proved, you don’t have to be a superstar to survive as a guard in the NFL. We’re not suggesting Barclay should replace T.J. Lang, but he’s a solid backup and can fill in there or at center when someone inevitably goes down.