Packers' top offseason needs

Brady Poppinga

Three positions where Green Bay is seeking more help

Of the seven unrestricted free agents, the lone player drawing attention is defensive tackle Corey Williams. The young player has established himself as a formidable pass rusher on the inside and is adept to play on the edge as well.

Williams is in the top tier of the league's impending UFAs, so he'll have no shortage of suitors. The Packers can all but prevent Williams from leaving by placing the franchise tag on him by Feb. 21, but notoriously judicious GM Ted Thompson doesn't seem to be inclined to shell out the exorbitant one-year tender of $6.4 million when he has plenty in reserve at tackle.

1. Outside linebacker: Brady Poppinga, starting strong-side 'backer for two years, arguably is the weak link of the defense and struggles to cover the tight end. The team has next to nothing in reserve behind him.

2. Cornerback: Age is working against Pro Bowlers Al Harris, 33, and Charles Woodson, 31, whose best days in coverage seemingly are behind them. No time like the present to get their replacements identified and prepared to take over at a moment's notice.

3. Tight end: Donald Lee is the only reliable player at the position. Former starter Bubba Franks is prone to injury and could be a salary-cap casualty because of a cap number of more than $4 million.

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