Green Bay Packers free-agent center Corey Linsley believes “all signs are pointing towards snapping the ball somewhere else.”
There’s no question about who should top the New York Jets‘ free-agent wishlist this offseason. Joe Thuney, a man who suddenly became unavailable a year ago, courtesy of a franchise tag, should be target No. 1.
But what about the free-agent depth at interior offensive line?
Oft-injured veteran guard Brandon Scherff is certainly an option. Although, the injuries have to be a concern. Another candidate is center Corey Linsley, who recently told the NFL world that he expects to be suiting up for a new employer in 2021.
“We’re not closing the door on anything,” Linsley said about his chances to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers, per SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We’d never do that, especially to the Packers. But yeah, it definitely feels weird [and] it looks like all signs point towards snapping the ball somewhere else next year. … If it doesn’t work out, I wish them the best.”
"We're not closing the door for anything…but yeah it definitley feels weird. Looks like all signs are pointing towards snapping the ball somewhere else next year."
Free Agent C @Linsley71 discusses free agency and the Packers
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) February 25, 2021
Linsley, 29, is coming a tremendous season. The seven-year veteran was named a first-team All-Pro for his work in 13 games with Green Bay.
Drafted in the fifth round out of Ohio State, Linsley has quietly carved out a terrific professional career in front of Aaron Rodgers. His 86.4 PFF grade ranked him No. 1 among all centers in 2020.
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While Thuney remains the preferred option for a variety of reasons, Linsley shouldn’t be ruled out due to position fit. It’s possible Connor McGovern could move to guard if Linsley were to make Florham Park, NJ his next professional home. (McGovern entered the league with the Denver Broncos as a guard.)
In any event, one of Joe Douglas‘s top tasks this March will be to upgrade the interior of his offensive line and Corey Linsley would certainly do just that.