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The Packers tendered their exclusive rights free agents, bringing back WR Allen Lazard, TE Robert Tonyan, CB Chandon Sullivan, WR Jake Kumerow, and DL Tyler Lancaster for the upcoming season. They also re-signed tight end Marcedes Lewis to another one-year deal, brought back safety Will Redmond, and signed street free agents Christan Kirksey and Rick Wagner for help at inside linebacker and offensive tackle. 
Green Bay also said goodbye to a number of free agents, including inside linebackers Blake Martinez (Giants) and B.J. Goodson (Browns), outside linebacker Kyler Frackrell (Giants), tackle Bryan Bulaga (Chargers), and fullback Danny Vitale (Patriots). Tight end Jimmy Graham was released and opted to stay in the NFC North, now playing for the Chicago Bears.  
So already the roster looks pretty different, and that’s before we’ve even begun talking about what could be as many as 10 new draft picks coming to Green Bay in late April. 
With all of that said, though, the Packers still have eight free agents who remain unsigned: CB Tramon Williams, OT Jared Veldheer, WR Geronimo Allison, OT Jason Spriggs, WR Ryan Grant, S Ibraheim Campbell, RB Tyler Ervin, and FB Malcolm Johnson. 
We’ll go through each player’s 2019 stats and project the likelihood they return to Green Bay for the 2020 season. 
Geronimo Allison
Allison had his share of struggles in 2019, there’s no denying that. After his promising 2018 campaign was cut short, he entered the 2019 season with expectations that he could evolve into the team’s WR2 or WR3. Those expectations never came to be, and Allison finished sixth on the team in yards with only 287, finishing fourth for receivers behind Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Since all three receivers ahead of Allison remain on the roster, in addition to Equanimeous St. Brown, Jake Kumerow, Reggie Begelton, and Malik Taylor, it seems inevitable Allison has played his last snaps in Green Bay.
Tramon Williams
Williams is still playing some of his best football at 37 years old, which is impressive to say the least. Pro Football Focus  graded Williams a 75.1 overall in 2019 with a coverage grade of 82.2. In fact, PFF also indicated Williams and fellow corner Jaire Alexander were the only teammates with top-10 coverage grades among cornerbacks in 2019 (minimum of 350 snaps). After snagging two interceptions, this became Williams’ ninth season with two or more picks. He’s also been incredibly healthy during his tenure in the NFL, which is something the Packers have missed in their defensive backs room. Williams would be an ideal re-sign for Green Bay, given his next contract shouldn’t break the bank and he’s been not only a strong leader but strong player since returning to the frozen tundra. 
Jared Veldheer
After joining the Packers midway through the season from the reserved/retired list, Veldheer provided a great amount of insurance as a backup swing tackle behind David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. He even started in the NFC Divisional Round against the Seahawks, filling in for an ill Bulaga. That type of insurance policy would be nice to have back on the squad, but with the Packers signing Rick Wagner, it seems unlikely Veldheer would also come back to Green Bay. Instead, expect the Packers to draft the future at the position early. 
Ryan Grant
The Ryan Grant experiment was over before it even began, with Grant a game day inactive for his entire time as a Packer. While he was brought in as an insurance policy after Adams sustained his toe injury, Grant never saw the field. He’ll fall into the same category as Allison did. Playing at a position where the Packers will have a ton of camp competition doesn’t work in Grant’s favor, and since he never saw the field in 2019 with a less-than-stellar receiving corps, it seems completely impossible he’d be back in 2020 with what’s sure to be an improved unit. 
Ibraheim Campbell
Campbell has never really been given a fair evaluation in Green Bay since he’s had some unfortunate injury luck during his career. Campbell ended his 2018 season with the Packers on injured reserve before starting his 2019 season on the physically unable to perform list. When he was active for Green Bay, he played mostly on special teams, though he still fits the mold of the physical box safety Mike Pettine likes to employ on defense. Currently, the Packers only have four safeties on the roster in Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Raven Greene, and Will Redmond, so it wouldn’t hurt to bring back Campbell as an insurance policy and rotational piece in certain packages for Pettine. 
Tyler Ervin
Ervin immediately rejuvenated a hurting special teams unit that was set to make the wrong type of history in 2019. While he didn’t see a ton of playing time on offense, he was a breath of fresh air as a kickoff and punt returner for Shawn Mennenga. The Packers are looking for help behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in 2020, and Ervin fits the type of player that Matt LaFleur would want to utilize in a gadget role on offense. The problem Ervin faces as primarily a return man is what it would cost to have him re-sign when a rookie receiver or running back could also return kicks. 
Malcolm Johnson 
Danny Vitale’s departure opened the smallest window for Malcolm Johnson, though there’s a new fullback on the Packers roster now in Elijah Wellman. Johnson had a nice preseason and looked solid in camp as a pass-catching back, but he was never elevated from the practice squad and spent the 2019 season on injured reserve. He could come back as a camp body and another backfield option for LaFleur to utilize. 
Jason Spriggs
Spriggs spent the entire 2019 season on injured reserve just like Johnson, which likely spells the end of his time in Green Bay. The former second-round pick was never able to become the backup swing tackle the Packers needed him to be, and with the likelihood the team signs a tackle early in this year’s draft class, all signs point to Spriggs leaving in free agency. There are too many camp bodies already for the Packers to keep Spriggs around as a developmental project, especially as a 2016 draft pick.

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The Packers still have eight free agents who remain unsigned:
CB Tramon Williams, Please keep him.
OT Jared Veldheer, Probably gone.
WR Geronimo Allison, Good bye Illini.
OT Jason Spriggs, I would like to keep him around. Odds are getting slimmer every day.
WR Ryan Grant, Gone.
S Ibraheim Campbell, It would be nice to keep him.
RB Tyler Ervin, OH YES PLEASE!
FB Malcolm Johnson. Meh. Probably gone.
I'm surprised Tyler Ervin isn't resigned yet, but I'm guessing one of the sides is holding out for agreeing to get a better gauge of the later tier market.
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