The last time Chris Canty was a free agent the Green Bay Packers tried to sign him. Then the New York Giants swooped in and grossly overpaid the defensive lineman.
Canty got axed in a salary cap move after the season ended and the Packers have again expressed interest. Mike Garafolo says the Packers have a visit with Canty scheduled after the combine ends.
They won’t be alone. Canty will also visit the Jaguars and has already received an offer from Tennessee.
There’s good reason to believe the Packers are again looking for ways to improve their defensive line. Jerel Worthy won’t be ready for the start of training camp and more importantly, the defensive line was terrible against the run in 2012.
If the Packers sign Canty, he’ll play defensive end, filling much the same role Ryan Pickett does. Although he’ll turn 31 this season, there’s reason to believe Canty has a bit left to offer.
He posted career highs in tackles (47) and sacks (4) in 2011. Although he only played nine games in 2012, Canty still recorded three sacks and 26 tackles.
Since he was released, Canty can sign before free agency begins.