Defensive end Chris Canty will visit the Green Bay Packers next week, agent Brad Blank confirmed Friday.
Canty, 30, was cut by the New York Giants this offseason. He reportedly met with the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs before the NFL scouting combine last month, and the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly are interested in him also. He’s scheduled to get a medical checkup and meet with Packers officials Wednesday and Thursday.
The Packers are looking to upgrade their defensive line, and Canty at 6-foot-7 and 317 pounds has prototypical size for an end in their 3-4 defense. The Packers also might have interest signing in Cullen Jenkins, who played for them from 2004-10 and was released recently by the Philadelphia Eagles, and retaining Johnny Jolly, whose three-season suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy officially ends Monday with one year left on his contract.
It’s unclear how big a contract Canty will command with the handful of teams trying to sign him. When the Giants released him in early February, Canty had two seasons left on a six-year deal that averaged $7 million a year and was to pay him $6.25 million in 2013. But considering his age and injuries last season, his next contract presumably will be for a substantially lower salary. He missed seven games last season because of knee and groin injuries, and finished the year with three sacks and 26 tackles.
The Packers have about $21 million in salary cap room, but that doesn’t mean they have a lot of money for free agents. Their priority is signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive lineman B.J. Raji to major contract extensions. Rodgers’ deal only got bigger when the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on Friday agreed to a deal that reportedly will average at more than $20 million a year. It’s almost a given Rodgers will surpass that.
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