Casey Hayward doesn't think he'll be a Green Bay Packer for much longer.
The Packers' cornerback told ESPN's Rob Demovsky that he has yet to hear anything from the team in regards to a new contract, and he expects to be a free-agent come next month.
"They normally wait til closer to the deadline," Hayward said via text message. "But we shall see. I'll probably hit the market."
Although it is uncharacteristic for the Packers to let a young, talented player walk as such, but due to the team's depth at corner, it could end up being the case with Hayward.
The Packers used their first two picks in the 2015 draft on cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, who combined for 89 tackles, five interceptions, and 20 passes defended. They also have Sam Shields, Demetri Goodson, and LaDarius Gunter under contract for at least two more seasons.
The 26-year old is second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2012 and started 11 games last season while spending the majority of his time in the slot, helping the Packers hold slot receivers to a league-low 56.2 percent completion percentage.
“You just never know,” Hayward said shortly after the season. “They’ve got some young guys here. Pretty sure they want these young guys to play regardless of if I’m here or not. The only thing I can control is what I control, and that was my play for this year. We’ll see how it goes.”
Is this a player the team should try and hold on to, or should they let him walk?
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