It continues to be widely assumed that the Packers will focus first and foremost on offensive linemen in the upcoming draft. But team insiders are indicating that it would hardly be a shock if the Packers' first pick turned out to be a strong safety who could conceivably work his way into the starting lineup right away in place of incumbent Atari Bigby. The word out of Green Bay is that Bigby — a likely restricted free agent due to the increasingly unlikely extension of the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement — could be on thin ice after a second straight injury-plagued campaign, which ended on a sour note with his shoddy play down the stretch. The player currently behind Bigby on the Packers' depth chart is Derrick Martin, another likely RFA who has provided an impact on special teams but has otherwise been a nonfactor since being obtained in a trade with the Ravens early last September.
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