When free agency began on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Central, Pro Bowl center Scott Wells became a free man.
As of late Tuesday night, Wells remains unsigned but it appears unlikely Wells will return to the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers would like Wells back, but it appears general manager Ted Thompson is going to follow the same route he took last year with receiver James Jones. Jones hit free agency, talked with a few teams but eventually returned to Green Bay when the market dried up.
With Wells, that appears highly unlikely. Wells is coming off the best three years of his career, capped by a Super Bowl championship in 2010 and his first Pro Bowl in 2011.
In fact, a few hours before the start of free agency, a separate source told Packer Report that Wells had picked his new team. However, nothing had happened as of Tuesday, and when word got out that Wells was going to hit the market, it’s possible the market heated up and Wells decided to take a step back to measure his options.
Either way, the Packers appear to know that Wells probably would not be returning. They reportedly have shown interest in Houston free agent center Chris Myers, and a source told Packer Report that the Packers could go after Jason Brown, who the Rams released on Monday.
Wells is 31; Myers turns 31 on Sept. 15; Brown turns 29 on May 5. Myers graded out as the NFL’s best center, according to Pro Football Focus, with Wells ranked fourth and Brown a distant 22nd.
Center is one of the better positions in the draft, headlined by Wisconsin’s Peter Konz and Baylor’s Philip Blake.
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