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Corey Linsley: 'All signs are pointing towards snapping the ball somewhere else next year'

Packers Wire logo Packers Wire 2/25/2021 Zach Kruse
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Soon-to-be free agent center Corey Linsley isn’t ruling out a return to Green Bay, but the first-time All-Pro in 2020 can see the writing on the wall as free agency approaches.

Linsley, who has an expiring contract with the Packers, is expecting to play elsewhere in 2021.

“We’re not closing the door for anything, obviously, we’d never do that for any team, especially the Packers, but yeah, it definitely feels weird. Looks like all signs are pointing towards snapping the ball somewhere else next year,” Linsley said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio.

A fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2014, Linsley has started the last seven years at center in Green Bay. He played in 15 games (including playoffs) and graded out as the NFL’s No. 1 center at Pro Football Focus in 2020, earning an All-Pro selection.

The Packers didn’t have contact with Linsley during the season about a new deal. And the continued silence from the team paints a pretty clear picture. At the very least, Linsley is going to get a chance to reach the open market and field offers from other teams.

Linsley said he’s anxious to get into free agency and figure out his next team.

“A little more anxiety, a little more uncertainty, I guess, just wanting to get this all over and finding a new home,” Linsley said.

Over Linsley’s seven seasons in Green Bay, the Packers made the playoffs five times and lost in the NFC title game four times. Linsley said he would regret not getting to the Super Bowl with the Packers if he leaves, but he’d still wish the franchise the best.

“If it doesn’t work out, I wish them the best of luck and I want nothing but the best for them because those guys up there deserve it. They put in the work. They care about winning. They care about their performance and the team and everything. Can’t say enough about them,” Linsley said.

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