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Casey Hayward “probably” hitting open market

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The Packers drafted a pair of cornerbacks early in the 2015 draft, which may contribute to Casey Hayward playing elsewhere in 2016.

Hayward is set to become a free agent next month and the 2012 second-round pick thinks that chances are good that he won’t resign with Green Bay before the new league year starts on March 9.

“They normally wait til closer to the deadline,” Hayward told Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com in a text message. “But we shall see. I’ll probably hit the market.”

Hayward started 11 regular season games and both playoff games for the Packers while spending most of his time in the slot. Damarious Randall, the first-round pick last year, and Sam Shields profile as the starting outside corners with Quinten Rollins, 2015’s second-rounder, an option to move into the inside role should Hayward move on to another club.

Hayward didn’t have an interception in 2015, but helped the Packers hold opposing offenses to the league’s lowest completion percentage when throwing to slot receivers. That should make for a good market if he and the Packers can’t agree on a contract before the start of free agency.

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  1. dragonfly99 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:01 AM

    Rick Speilman has already started dialing.

  2. tylawspick6 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:02 AM

    I keep laughing how the media has brainwashed people into thinking Ted Thompson is this fantastic GM, It’s like the Elway thing.

    If you’re a good GM, you don’t lose the people you drafted and developed to FA.

    It means you budgeted incorrectly the entire time.

    FAIL

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 10, 2016 11:07 AM

    Makes sense that he would want to abandon that sinking ship.

  4. leshon42 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:14 AM

    RAIDERS With Reggie MCKENZIE GM

  5. ariani1985 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:20 AM

    Who isnt looking for a slow short DB with hands of stone?

  6. jgo304 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:23 AM

    Tightwad Ted is the most overrated GM in the NFL.

    Simple research of his drafts are eye opening, only 34% of all of his picks stick on the roster & when I mean stick that doesn’t mean contribute.

    Onto Casey would love to have him back, he’s a top tier slot corner but I doubt he will be back. Ted won’t pay him he will sit on 11 million of cap space yet again as GB will once again lose in the Playoffs.

  7. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Feb 10, 2016 11:23 AM

    It would be nice to get him back as you can’t have too many CBs.

  8. deltaoracle says: Feb 10, 2016 11:25 AM

    Hayward had an excellent first year but has been pretty ordinary since then. Thompson has come up with several good DBs since then who are at least as good (probably better) and will cost a lot less.
    It would be nice to have him back of course, but GB has several free agents who are much higher priority, beginning with Crosby. So Hayward probably is gone.

  9. usedjock says: Feb 10, 2016 11:32 AM

    Hayward has been so-so since his first year. Sure it would be nice to have him back but I don’t know if he is worth the money he will want.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 10, 2016 11:37 AM

    He’s going to miss the hayrides and hoedowns.

  11. immafubared says: Feb 10, 2016 11:42 AM

    Feb 10, 2016 11:20 AM
    Who isnt looking for a slow short DB with hands of stone?

    that why they will keep he fits in with all the other stiffs. the two new guys aren’t any better either. none of them can tackle.

  12. immafubared says: Feb 10, 2016 11:43 AM

    Ted loves the 5’9 guys slow of foot. cheap

  13. cinvis says: Feb 10, 2016 11:48 AM

    This where the Chris Johnson rule of not being able to renegotiate with players until after 3 years in the league is hurting draft and develop teams like the Packers. It used to be Thompson would resign these guys like Hayward and Daniels after 2 seasons to long term contracts, but below what they would earn if they hit FA. It was a good deal for the players too as they would have some security rather than playing years 3 and 4 at near minimum salaries with no guarantee they would stay healthy enough to hit it big in FA. Now you have players like Cobb as well risking playing in year 4 to potentially cash-in as FA.

  14. whatjusthapped says: Feb 10, 2016 12:11 PM

    Truth of the matter is the Packers have better backups that need to see more playing time. Its not like Casey Hayward was anything too special that the Packers will break the bank to keep him. Hopefully, some team will sign him to a big contract and increase the supplemental pick we get a year down the road.

    And there is no chance that the Vikings will sign Hayward, he can actually play and that doesn’t fit the Viking’s profile. Their FA’s are typically overpaid and over the hill ( see Craig Jennings, Berriman, Fred Smoot, you get the idea)

  15. teal379 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:17 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 11:02 AM
    I keep laughing how the media has brainwashed people into thinking Ted Thompson is this fantastic GM, It’s like the Elway thing.

    If you’re a good GM, you don’t lose the people you drafted and developed to FA.

    It means you budgeted incorrectly the entire time.

    FAIL

    Good GM’s realize who’s coming up on FA and that they think they’re worth. Make a fair offer but PLAN on the alternative.

    A good GM drafted Hayward’s replacement last year and played him this year – Hayward leaves and you have a good young vet to step in – not a hole, not a rook. His replacement has played as well as he has over the last couple of years.

    Draft and develop makes sense – it’s why they drafted and developed his replacement AHEAD of time. You know – good GM type of thing.

    Please point out any player that left GB under Ted and went on to improve elsewhere – heck even do well or maintain what they did in GB.

  16. rosstuckershair says: Feb 10, 2016 12:22 PM

    Truth of the matter is the Packers have better backups that need to see more playing time. Its not like Casey Hayward was anything too special that the Packers will break the bank to keep him. Hopefully, some team will sign him to a big contract and increase the supplemental pick we get a year down the road.

    Another high pick to comp pick for Ted..Add in Perry this year, D Jones and maybe Lacy next year…Ted loves his roster of 6th rounders

  17. keepingitlogical says: Feb 10, 2016 12:34 PM

    There is no way the Packers will sign him back, and they shouldn’t. They have Sheilds, Rollins and Randall, AND Gunter, who have all shown they can get it done. Use the money you save for TE, ILB, backup OL.

  18. purpleguy says: Feb 10, 2016 12:35 PM

    Seems like veterans are often more effective in the slot given the more complex nature of the coverages. Also, since teams usually try to keep at least 4 starting caliber CBs, you wonder if TT will come up from his basement office for 5 minutes and try to keep him.

  19. vikings1234 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:51 PM

    Someone in the AFC East should consider his as a possible solution to Brady and Edelman.

  20. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:22 PM

    yeah. no thanks. and, you guys are are right. your secondary looked so good the last time we saw them chasing Larry.

    mike neal on the other hand…

  21. revelation123 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:39 PM

    Green Bay has an embarrassment of riches at corner after hitting on their 1st and 2nd round CB gems last year.

  22. lindacaseauthor says: Feb 10, 2016 2:50 PM

    dragonfly99 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 11:01 AM
    Rick Speilman has already started dialing.
    —————-
    My team already has the much better secondary. Why would Rick contaminate that with your trash?

  23. shaggytoodle says: Feb 10, 2016 3:20 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Feb 10, 2016 2:50 PM

    My team already has the much better secondary. Why would Rick contaminate that with your trash?
    _____________________

    How so? The Packers were 6th vs. Passing defense and the Vikings were 12th, along with giving up fewer TDs and having more INTs

    Maybe potential wise the Vikings have the edge, but they should in the base defense they run, 3 of the 4 DBs were drafted in the 1st round.

  24. stellarperformance says: Feb 10, 2016 4:44 PM

    Take a huge pay cut and stick around, much like AJ Hawk did when he very intelligently saw the writing on the wall. Rollins and Randall will be great next year.

  25. lindacaseauthor says: Feb 10, 2016 4:49 PM

    @shaggytootle. . . You know I’m referring to potential. Our talent is way, way better and with the secondary being Zim’s wheelhouse (and Dom Capers senile when it comes to any type of defense), we should only get better and better, and that’s NOT adding the likes of mediocre (at best)Hayward.

  26. shaggytoodle says: Feb 10, 2016 5:36 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Feb 10, 2016 4:49 PM
    @shaggytootle. . . You know I’m referring to potential. Our talent is way, way better and with the secondary being Zim’s wheelhouse (and Dom Capers senile when it comes to any type of defense), we should only get better and better, and that’s NOT adding the likes of mediocre (at best)Hayward.
    __________________

    I now know your refering to potential, and I would want more than just eggs labeled potential to toss into my basket.

    While I understand that Zimmer is a great defensive coach, the VIkings are FULL of players that are banking of potential (Patterson Kalil Bridgewater)… Maybe production would be good place to look, and Randall had just as good numbers as Rhodes did this season, and I feel that Randall has much more growing to do than Rhodes does. Which is part of the reason letting Hayward go if he wants too much money isn’t a tough deceision.

  27. ug85 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:53 PM

    Love how all the substandard teams fans always try to bash the Ted Thompson and anything to do with GB. Too bad they all do not have a team that is successful every year or even “ONE” year.

  28. ug85 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:54 PM

    Love how all the substandard teams fans always try to bash the Ted Thompson and anything to do with GB. Too bad they all do not have a team that is successful every year or even “ONE” year

  29. jrsamps says: Feb 10, 2016 6:34 PM

    You would opt for free agency too if your played in Green Bay and your QB was a rump roaster.

  30. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:16 PM

    Teams with a Super Bowl pedigree often have to sacrifice good players to free agency. It’s the winners dilemma.

  31. bridgeh2o says: Feb 11, 2016 6:45 AM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 7:16 PM

    Teams with a Super Bowl pedigree often have to sacrifice good players to free agency. It’s the winners dilemma.

    bridgeh2o says:

    I never knew that Super Bowl pedigree teams lost to all their divisional foes-AT HOME!

    The packers don’t scare anyone, in fact, we welcome the trip to Lambeau!

    There endeth the lesson……..

  32. bridgeh2o says: Feb 11, 2016 6:51 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Feb 10, 2016 12:11 PM

    Truth of the matter is the Packers have better backups that need to see more playing time. Its not like Casey Hayward was anything too special that the Packers will break the bank to keep him. Hopefully, some team will sign him to a big contract and increase the supplemental pick we get a year down the road.

    And there is no chance that the Vikings will sign Hayward, he can actually play and that doesn’t fit the Viking’s profile. Their FA’s are typically overpaid and over the hill ( see Craig Jennings, Berriman, Fred Smoot, you get the idea)

    bridgeh2o says:

    Wow……”Craig” Jennings and “Berriman”????

    When did the Vikings ever have those two guys on the roster??????????????

    Cmon man!!!!!!

  33. gtodriver says: Feb 11, 2016 7:09 AM

    ug85 says:

    Love how all the substandard teams fans always try to bash the Ted Thompson and anything to do with GB. Too bad they all do not have a team that is successful every year or even “ONE” year
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You do realize that the Packers are the only team in the NFL to have gone 25 full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in the playoffs.

    If you didn’t know that, you probably aren’t aware that the Vikings are the team that has been the most consistently successful team in the NFC North/Central.

    That’s why they have the most division titles and playoff appearances since the inception of divisional play.

    The Packers had a cute little run of 4 division titles in a row. Chicago has 5 in a row and the Vikings have 6.

  34. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:25 PM

    I see a lot of Viking fan talk about regular season titles – not so much about the playoffs, or championships.

    I wonder why that is.

  35. gtodriver says: Feb 11, 2016 1:53 PM

    Filthy

    Which NFL team won the NFL Championship for the 1969 season?

  36. h0metownzero says: Feb 11, 2016 8:22 PM

    All that matters about the 1969 season is that the Kansas City Chiefs rightfully earned the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy, while the hapless and tasteless Vikings earned their usual participant ribbon.

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