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Packers do not tender Andy Mulumba, who becomes a free agent, per report

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The fourth-year linebacker hits the open market after Packers choose not to tender him.

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NFL teams had until the start of the new league year to tender their unrestricted free agents. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, the Green Bay Packers decided not to extend a tender to restricted free agent Andy Mulumba, allowing the linebacker to hit the open market.

Mulumba joined the Packers in 2013 as an undrafted free agent, winning a job on the 53 after a strong training camp and preseason. He played sparingly as a rookie, registering 30 tackles and one sack. He didn't have much an opportunity to improve upon those numbers in his second year, as a torn ACL knocked him out two games into the season. Mulumba recovered quickly and won a roster spot again in 2015, but he fell behind younger players like Jayrone Elliott on the depth chart.

While Mulumba has become a free agent, his time in Green Bay has not necessarily concluded. The Packers could still re-sign the linebacker at a price lower than the original-round tender, though the team has not expressed any interest publicly in doing so. More likely, Mulumba finds himself playing football elsewhere in 2016.

In 22 career regular season games, Mulumba has 35 total tackles and one sack.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.