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Packers 2014 Free Agents: Safeties M.D. Jennings and Chris Banjo

Two Packers safeties are free agents, but neither one is unrestricted.

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers have a pair of safeties who are not under contract for the 2014 season. Both players were acquired as free agents after the draft and both are more or less under team control for 2014.

The starter at free safety, who is affectionately known as "The Doctor", needed to invest in some good malpractice insurance this season. M.D. Jennings did not play well, and was part of a safety group which failed to record a single interception. One minor oddity about Jennings is that he has been responsible for only two turnover plays in his two years as a starter, but he scored touchdowns on both of them.

Rookie Chris Banjo showed some special-teams aptitude and eventually was taking snaps ahead of second-year pro Jerron McMillian on defense. Banjo is raw and needs development, but the Packers hold exclusive rights to extend his contract. Expect Banjo back in 2014 on a league-minimum deal.

M.D. Jennings

(Restricted Free Agent)
2013 Stats

16 games played, 16 starts
77 total tackles (59 solo), one sack, one fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown)

2013 Contract

Final year of three-year, $1.398 million contract
2013 compensation: $555,000 base salary

Career Stats

47 games played, 26 starts
124 total tackles (91 solo), one sack, one interception, one fumble recovery, two touchdowns, two passes defended

How Acquired

Signed as an undrafted free agent during 2011 training camp

Chris Banjo

Exclusive-rights free agent
2013 Stats

16 games played, one start
19 total tackles (17 solo), two passes defended

2013 Contract

One-year rookie minimum ($405,000) contract

How Acquired

Signed as a free agent during 2013 training camp