Fans of the Green Bay Packers won’t be sweating the loss of the team’s most important free agents come March.
A day after locking up wide receiver Davonte Adams on a 4-year, $58 million contract extension, the team announced it had signed center Corey Linsley to a contract extension of his own. According to ESPN, the deal is for three years and worth $25.5 million.
A fifth-round pick in 2014 out of Ohio State, Linsley has started 53 games, including all 15 so far this year. In fact, he’s the only player on Green Bay’s offense to have played every snap in 2017.
The signing brings the Packers total number of unrestricted free agents down to nine, with the most notable names being safety Morgan Burnett, guard Jahri Evans and cornerback Davon House.
After Linsley’s signing was announced, a number of current and former teammates took to social media to congratulate him.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Ahead of Sunday’s contest with the Indianapolis Colts, the Green Bay Packers have activated center Corey Linsley from the physically unable to perform list.
Linsley had missed the last eight weeks of action after tearing his hamstring twice this offseason. He started practicing again on Oct. 18 and will replace J.C. Tretter, who’s now expected to miss multiple weeks with a knee injury.
“I know Corey [Linsley] is going to be ready,” left guard Lane Taylor said this week. “…I’m used to playing with Corey. It won’t be a big deal. If he has to go in there and play, I know he’ll be fine.”
Linsley is in the third year of a four-year contract worth $2,405,000. In 2015, he appeared in 13 games for the Packers.
The Green Bay Packers will start training camp without six players that are expected to have, in some cases, significant roles on this year’s team.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery, tight end Jared Cook, linebacker Sam Barrington and starting offensive linemen T.J. Lang and Corey Linsley will start camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. They are eligible to come off the list at anytime.
All six have dealt with injuries in the past year, including three that had their 2015 seasons cut short. Nelson missed the entire year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Barrington suffered a foot injury in Week 1 and didn’t play again, while Montgomery had his rookie season ended after six games due to an ankle injury.
Lang underwent offseason shoulder surgery and Linsley was held out of any offseason work with an undisclosed injury. Cook, who was signed as a free agent in March, underwent foot surgery in June and was expected to be out until training camp started.
The Packers have historically been overly cautious with injured players, but the number of guys on the list was a bit of a surprise, especially when head coach Mike McCarthy said at the end of minicamp in June that he’d be disappointed if they didn’t have their entire roster on the field for the start of camp.
McCarthy spoke to the media Monday morning, and though he wouldn’t discuss who would or wouldn’t be on the field for the first practice, his comments on injuries sounded ominous and now makes sense.
“I hope this is the year that there are no surprises [with injuries],” McCarthy said. “But that’s usually not the case.”