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Packers to let Davon House hit the market

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are taking a wait-and-see approach with at least one of their free-agent cornerbacks.

It means Davon House will get the chance to talk with other teams.

"I think he's going to hit the market," House's agent, Kenny Zuckerman, said Friday afternoon. "There will be a lot of interest."

That does not mean House is averse to a return to the Packers, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2011, or that the Packers don't have an interest in re-signing him. It just means general manager Ted Thompson will, in part, allow the market to dictate House's value.

It's an approach he often takes with their free agents. Thompson and vice president of player finance Russ Ball no doubt have a dollar figure in mind for House's value, but if the market greatly exceeds that, they might be unlikely to get into a bidding war.

Last season, House appeared in 15 games (including playoffs) and made four starts. The knock on the 25-year-old has been his durability. In 2012, he appeared poised to win a starting job before a shoulder injury in the preseason ruined that and allowed Sam Shields to grab that spot.

Last season, House fractured his scapula in the Dec. 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons and missed the final three regular-season games before returning in the playoffs.

House played one-third of the Packers' defensive snaps last season, almost exclusively on the outside rather than in the slot. The Packers like a player of House's size, at 6-foot and 195 pounds he's their biggest cornerback, to cover big receivers on the outside. House also might be the strongest of the Packers' cornerbacks. Last season, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt compared House's strength to that of former Packers cornerback Al Harris.

"I've coached three men that had hands like bricks: Al Harris, him, and another guy named Antoine Sharp, who you've never heard of but I coached him at Louisville," Whitt said last season. "But when they put their hands on you, it feels like bricks on you and they can redirect people. And they're fast enough."

The Packers will be looking for a new starter at one of the two outside cornerback positions if they let Tramon Williams leave. Williams, 32, also is scheduled to become a free agent.

Like all unrestricted free agents, House and his agent are free to start talking to other teams at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, but cannot sign with a new team until Tuesday. Last year, Shields hit the negotiation period as a free agent, but several hours later came to terms and returned to the Packers with a four-year, $39 million contract.