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Packers will not tender RFA Raven Greene, per report

Greene could come back to the Packers, but it won’t be via a restricted free agent tender.

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The Packers will not tender restricted free agent safety Raven Greene, according to a report from The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman. Greene will now become a street free agent, able to sign with any team at whatever deal he and his agent can secure.

An undrafted free agent out of James Madison, Greene signed with the Packers after the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s appeared in 20 games over three seasons since then, recording one start in that span.

When healthy, Greene most frequently played as the Packers’ third safety, lining up in the box in the hybrid safety/linebacker spot favored by former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Unfortunately, the “when healthy” portion of that previous sentence came all too infrequently; Greene missed most of the 2019 season and a good portion of 2020 with a variety of injuries.

Still, he was fairly solid when he was on the field, and the Packers' decision not to tender him doesn’t preclude a return to Green Bay. It’s possible he may make his way back to the roster on a standard free agent deal sooner or later. For right now, though, the Packers look to be in the market for some safety depth, adding to an already long list of needs on defense.