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Packers 2020 Free Agents: Bryan Bulaga, Blake Martinez lead large group of key players

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The Packers have 20 players with contracts expiring at the end of the 2019 league year.

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With the Green Bay Packers’ 2019 season concluded, attention now shifts over to the start of the 2020 offseason, which begins with the player acquisition phase. Before the 2020 NFL Draft takes place in April, the new 2020 league year begins on March 18, 2020 and with it comes the start of the free agency period.

The NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement — which runs through the conclusion of the 2020 season — specifies three types of free agency depending on the number of seasons of experience a player has. An accrued season for free agency consists of a player spending six or more games on the 53-man roster, injured reserve, or in-season Physically Unable to Perform list.

The Packers have 20 players with expiring contracts who will be free agents in some capacity, most of whom played a significant role on the team in 2019. While the exclusive-rights free agents are all but locks to return for next season, the Packers will have many decisions to make regarding their unrestricted free agent group, which includes significant names like Blake Martinez, Bryan Bulaga, Mason Crosby, and Kyler Fackrell, among others.

According to Overthecap.com, the Packers are projected to have approximately $32 million in salary cap space for 2020, depending on the exact cap number that goes into place for next season. The team could also free up additional cap space by releasing players prior to or around the start of the league year, including about $8 million for tight end Jimmy Graham and $4.5 million for guard Lane Taylor.

Below is the full list of the Packers’ free agents in 2020.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (14)

The following players have at least four accrued NFL seasons. As such, they are free to negotiate with any NFL team starting on Sunday, March 16, 2020 and are free to sign a contract with any team once the new league year begins at 4:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 18, 2020. If the player signs with another team, his former team does not get any direct compensation, though net losses are factored into the compensatory draft pick calculation for the 2021 NFL Draft.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (1)

Restricted free agents have three years of accrued NFL experience. Teams may submit a qualifying contract tender to RFAs prior to the start of the 2020 league year on March 18 to retain the right to match any offer sheet that the player may receive from another team up through April 17, 2020. Teams may extend one of three qualifying tenders to receive compensation if a player signs elsewhere, including a first-round pick, second-round pick, or right of first refusal. If first-round or second-round tenders are in place, the original team will receive a corresponding pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from the signing team.

  • Malcolm Johnson, FB

EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS (5)

These players have two or fewer accrued NFL seasons. The original team may issue the player a qualifying tender for a one-year contract at the league minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiation rights with the player throughout the 2020 offseason. These tenders must be applied prior to the start of the 2020 league year on March 18.

  • Jake Kumerow, WR
  • Tyler Lancaster, DT
  • Allen Lazard, WR
  • Chandon Sullivan, CB
  • Robert Tonyan, TE

Update: all five ERFA players have received their qualifying tenders.

STREET FREE AGENTS (1)

These players were released by the Packers, and are therefore eligible to sign with any team at any time, even before the start of the league year.

  • Jimmy Graham, TE — signed with Bears for 2 years, $16M