Packers C Corey Linsley Expects To Move On In Free Agency


Packers veteran C Corey Linsley said during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio that while he has closed the door on being back in Green Bay, it looks like he’ll be playing elsewhere in 2021 and beyond. 

Corey Linsley

“We’re not closing the door for anything,” Linsley said, via Pro Football Talk. “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.”

Yesterday, Bill Huber reported that Linsley still has not had any contract discussions with the Packers ahead of free agency. 

Huber mentioned that the expectation is Linsley will test the market and end up signing elsewhere. 

Linsley previously said th team had not had any talks with him during the regular season.

“My agent hasn’t had any talks with the Packers,” Linsley said after the NFC Championship Game. “That’s obviously not to say something couldn’t happen, but up to this point it’s kind of been complimentary but nothing of substance. We’ll move forward with that. It is what it is. I felt like I personally had a good year. We obviously didn’t get the goal that we wanted to, but I felt like I put out some good film. Hopefully a team values that and we’ll move into free agency with that in mind.”

Huber says to keep an eye on the Jaguars, Chargers, Ravens and Dolphins as potential landing spots for Linsley, who was a first-team All-Pro in 2020. 

Linsley, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Packers back in 2014. He was finishing out the final year of his four-year, $2,405,000 contract that included a $1,797,000 base salary when he signed a three-year, $25.5 million extension with the Packers in 2017.

He is currently set to become a free agent in 2021.

In 2020, Linsley appeared in 13 games for the Packers, starting all of them at center. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 1 center out of 36 qualifying players. 

We have him included in our Top 100 – 2021 Free Agents list.

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  1. Unfortunately, due to their cap position, the Packers find themselves in a very tough but real corner. Watt should be focus, if they can get him. However that will mean losing Aaron Jones, Corey Linsey, and moving money around from others like Baktiarhi, Rogers, and maybe others. The question is, what does it take to win it all. They’ve been close, but mistakes, misreads, and very poor plan in the secondary cost them both years. King has got to be gone. If they are luck to sign Watt, Preston Smith can be traded, perhaps for a decent cornerback who’s not afraid to play close up one on one ball. King has proven to be a bust and an embarrassment. Their other focus in the draft has to be offensive line. If they can they really need to sign Jamal back along side their rookie running back. They just can’t afford to keep Jones any longer-great guy, very good running back, but 12 to 13 million, isn’t going to allow them to keep him. Lindsey is a really good center, but unfortunately, he has proven to be replaceable. Focus is easy then: Watt and a decent tackle as well another good offensive lineman who has good feet and can move. A plus would be another good, big up front defensive lineman to put next to Clarke. As we’ve learned, Brady may get the credit, but the Tampa offensive and particularly defensive line won the championship game and super bowl for them, not doubt about it.

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