The two sides have remained well apart, as Wells has maintained that he’s seeking nearly $6M a year, while the Packers have about $5.5M of cleared space. Granted, they will clear more room with the expected restructurings or releasings of WR Donald Driver and T Chad Clifton, but the Packers have significant work to do on the defensive side as well.
The Packers look content to allow Wells to see what is offered on the market in hopes of luring him back at a price under the number he is currently seeking.
Wells currently sits just outside our top-50 free agent list, despite his strong and consistent play. Like Charger C Nick Hardwick, Wells is an aging C who holds more value for his prior team than he would in another system. That’s not to say other teams won’t be interested, but combined with the low cap number for 2012, he may have trouble finding his target salary.