Packers Looking at Defensive Linemen Vance Walker and Letroy Guion

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the premium free agency dollars now spent, the Packers hunt for potential bargains with defensive linemen Vance Walker and Letroy Guion.

With the most of the free agency riches now in the pockets of the Jairus Byrds of the NFL, the focus shifts to value signings. In that spirit, the Packers reportedly plan to meet with several free agent defensive linemen.

Reports surfaced yesterday that Packers brass scheduled a meeting with former-Raider defensive tackle Vance Walker. A six-year veteran, Walker has steadily improved as both a pass rusher and run defender during his time in Oakland. Over the past two seasons, he became the Raiders' most reliable defensive lineman after Lamarr Houston.

The Packers aren't Walker's only suitors, however. The Chiefs, led by former-Green Bay Director of Football Operations John Dorsey, visited with the free agent on Thursday. It's no surprise that the teams expressing interest in Walker all derive from the Ron Wolf's front office.

The interest in Walker doesn't come at the expense of other free agents, though. A report from St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson (since confirmed by ESPN's Rob Demovsky) indicates that Green Bay is also pursuing former-Viking Letroy Guion. Guion is another young defensive lineman fresh off his rookie contract. However, unlike Walker, Guion hasn't developed into a reliable pass rusher. Rather, he may simply be a block eater who can free up the linebackers to make plays.

With C.J. Wilson, Johnny Jolly, and Ryan Pickett still unsigned, the Packers need to find alternatives to fill out depth behind the starters. This assumes that B.J. Raji, who has still yet to find a deal with another team, is returning for 2014. Neither Walker or Guion appear capable of starting at nose tackle, the position Raji would fill should the Packers retain him.

UPDATE: The Packers signed Guion on March 17th.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.
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