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Are The Chances That The Packers Re-Sign Scott Wells Decreasing?

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Packers, Wells likely will part ways - JSOnline. I'd like to see the Green Bay Packers re-sign Scott Wells, and I've been assuming that something would be worked out because Mike McCarthy wants him back next season too.

But it's unusual for the Packers to re-sign free agents in their 30s, and they didn't make much of an effort to re-sign LG Daryn Colledge last season. Of the Packers notable 2011 free agents, they only re-signed K Mason Crosby and WR James Jones (at the last minute), while allowing RB Brandon Jackson, Colledge, and DE Cullen Jenkins to depart.

I hadn't expected Ted Thompson would want to lose a Pro Bowl performer, but that's what he did in March 2005 when RG Marco Rivera (who was about the same age then as Wells is now) signed a free agent contract with the Cowboys.

Based on what Bob McGinn wrote, it appears that they are negotiating. But while I expect Wells will sign for around five-years at $5 to 6 million per season, it doesn't appear that the Packers are willing to pay that much. There are enough teams with needs at center, the Redskins are one example, that he should be able to find that kind of money somewhere else. Especially after a Super Bowl win and a Pro Bowl appearance.

What were to happen if he were to leave? They don't have a player currently on the roster who could replace him. Evan Dietrich-Smith would be at the top of the depth chart, but he should be left as a backup. Practice squad C Sampson Genus didn't look like a starter in waiting last preseason either. I doubt they'd use a third consecutive first round draft choice on an offensive lineman, even if Wisconsin's Peter Konz were still available at the end of the first round. Handing the starting center's job to a mid to late round pick would be a huge risk.

I'm not writing him off just yet, but I'm not as optimistic as I was a couple weeks ago.