Futures Of Green, KGB Also Up In Air
Monday, January 1, 2007
Dylan B. Tomlinson
CHICAGO — Brett Favre isn't the only Green Bay Packers player whose future with the team is in doubt.
There are several other notable Packers who may have played their final game in green and gold.
Running back Ahman Green, fullback William Henderson, defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, safety Marquand Manuel, tight ends Bubba Franks and David Martin and receiver Robert Ferguson all may be playing elsewhere next season.
Green and Martin will be free agents, and while the Packers likely will try to re-sign Green, it appears likely they will part ways with Martin, whose flashes of potential have been overshadowed by his inability to stay healthy.
Henderson, who lost his starting job to Brandon Miree and has seen his playing time diminish, likely will retire or be cut.
The most interesting players to watch this offseason will be Gbaja-Biamila, Manuel and Franks. Gbaja-Biamila's inability to defend against the run cost him his starting job, Franks' play has continued to decline and the free-agent acquisition of Manuel was an undeniable bust.
The Packers are going to have to take a long look at each of them and decide if they are worth bringing back. The decision is likely to be a bit easier for Ferguson, who has spent the last six seasons injured or underachieving. Ferguson played in only four games before a foot injury ended his season.
"We'll see what happens," Gbaja-Biamila said. "I'd like to see as many of us come back as possible. I hope that happens."
One of the toughest decisions the Packers will face will be how aggressively they should try to re-sign Green. When Green's 2005 season ended with a torn quadriceps, many believed his career was over. But the 2006 season has been a great comeback for Green, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards despite missing two games due to injury. Green turns 30 in February, and while it's doubtful another team would give him a sizable signing bonus, if one does, it may be hard for him to turn it down.
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