To help free up some cap room, the Packers are expected to release veteran offensive tackle Chad Clifton and re-work the contract of veteran wide receiver Donald Driver.
If the Packers were to release Clifton and Driver, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out that the team would save about $10 million in the salary cap, which could be enough for it to franchise-tag Flynn (for the likely purposes of trading him somewhere else).
Clifton, 35, was limited to six games during the 2011 regular season and is entering the final season of a three-year, $19.3875 million contract that did not include a signing or option bonus. The Packers have used first-round picks on offensive tackles in back-to-back drafts and would clear over $5.5 million in cap space by releasing Clifton.
Driver started 14 of 16 games this past season, catching 37 passes for 445 yards and six touchdowns. The 37-year-old three-time Pro Bowler is the Packers’ all-time leader in receptions (735) and receiving yards (10,060) and his 59 touchdown receptions ranks third in franchise history.
Releasing Driver would save $5 million in cap space, but he is willing to restructure his contract to remain with the team.