The Packers have expressed an interest in pursuing Texans center Chris Myers when the unrestricted free agent signing period begins on March 13th.
At the combine, the Packers met with Myers’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
A sixth-round pick out of Miami by the Denver Broncos in 2005, Myers opened his career at guard before moving to center. Denver signed and then traded Myers to the Houston Texans before the 2008 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 289-pound Myers has started 96 consecutive games and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl following the 2011 season. The 30-year-old earned $2.75 million last season and figures to get a substantial raise. After the lockout, the New York Giants signed center David Baas to a five-year, $27.5 million contract that included $9.5 million in the first year and $17.25 over the first three years.
If the Packers do sign Myers, he would replace Scott Wells at the center position. Wells has started 100 of 111 games for the Packers over the last eight seasons and also went to his first Pro Bowl after the 2011 season.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com points out that this is tampering, but from talking to agents around Indianapolis this weekend, tampering was way down from previous years due to the two-week gap between the end of the Combine and the start of the 2012 league year. Teams leaving the Combine are going to regroup to reassess the draft and free agent markets, whereas in previous years, the start of free agency would happen within a matter of days of returning from Indianapolis.