NFC North: Vance Walker

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- We're on to the fourth day of full-blown free agency and a week removed from the start of the negotiating period, and none of the Packers' unrestricted free agents have signed with other teams.

The longer things stay that way, the better chance they have of retaining players such as center Evan Dietrich-Smith, receiver James Jones, fullback John Kuhn, defensive tackle B.J. Raji and perhaps some of the others on the Packers' lengthy list of free agents.

Dietrich-Smith, the starting center last season, visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but remains unsigned. Other than tight end Jermichael Finley, who visited the Seattle Seahawks, none of the Packers' other free agents have been known to make visits.

One by one, the Packers have begun to re-sign some of their own free agents. After getting deals done with cornerback Sam Shields on Saturday and outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal on Wednesday, general manager Ted Thompson re-signed tight end Andrew Quarless on Thursday.

Could more re-signings be far off?

Here's a recap of the rest of the Packers-related happenings from Day 3 of free agency, with a little perspective added in:
  • Re-signing Quarless gives the Packers a player they want to continue to develop, but it didn't necessarily solve all of their issues at tight end.
  • The Packers expect a visit from free-agent defensive tackle Vance Walker perhaps as soon as Friday. Walker, a starter for the Oakland Raiders last season, doesn’t have star power but could provide some depth on the defensive line. Walker visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
  • The full breakdown of Neal’s contract showed that his salary-cap number is actually higher in 2015 than it is this season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – If he gets out of Kansas City without signing with the Chiefs, free-agent defensive tackle Vance Walker will visit the Green Bay Packers.

His agent, Tommy Sims, said on Thursday a visit with the Packers has been set up but an exact date has not yet been finalized. That could depend on what happens during Walker's visit with the Chiefs on Thursday.

Walker, 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, played for the Oakland Raiders last season under a one-year, $2 million contract.

He appeared in 15 games and posted 40 tackles with three sacks. Originally a seventh-round draft pick in 2009, Walker played his first four seasons for the Atlanta Falcons. He played 10 games as a rookie and then appeared in all 16 games each of his next three seasons.

The Packers' entire starting defensive line -- Johnny Jolly, Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji -- became free agents on Tuesday. None have been signed.

Walker, 26, would be the second player known to have visited the Packers since free agency began on Tuesday. They had former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels in on Wednesday.

Other than re-signing three of their own free agents – cornerback Sam Shields, outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless – the Packers have not signed anyone in free agency.

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