House yet to hear from Packers as free agency nears

Packers cornerback Davon House has said it's his "dream" to remain in Green Bay.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Despite Davon House’s preference to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers, the team has not reached out at all to their free-agent cornerback, a source close to the situation told

The source added that House has "heard nothing from Green Bay" and is "very surprised" by it.

The Packers have $33 million available in cap space, but they have a decision to make at cornerback as both House and Tramon Williams approach unrestricted free agency. Williams is coveted by the Seattle Seahawks, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. McGinn also wrote that Green Bay is willing to take Williams back on a two-year, $8 million contract, but that the soon-to-be 32-year-old rejected the offer.

That likely means the Packers will turn their attention to House if Williams agrees to terms with Seattle. The NFL has a three-day legal tampering period that begins Saturday and extends until Tuesday at 3 p.m. CDT when NFL free agency officially begins.

Williams has started 98 regular-season games for Green Bay over the past seven seasons, whereas House has started 14 games since 2012. House is only 25 years old, though, and seems to fit better with the long-term vision that general manager Ted Thompson often operates under.

While cleaning out his locker Jan. 19, House felt he had proven that he’s ready to be a full-time starter in the NFL. If teams needed evidence of that, House wanted to point them to the game film of Week 14 when he matched up with Atlanta’s Julio Jones. Before House entered the game, Jones already had more than 200 receiving yards. Subbing in for Sam Shields (who signed a four-year, $39 million contract with the Packers last offseason), House had two key pass breakups against Jones, including one in the end zone in one-on-one coverage.

"Watch how the momentum swings," House said on Jan. 19, referencing Week 14. "Watch the difference when I’m in there. When I was in there it was man-to-man coverage, no help over the top. That and New England (in Week 13) when Sam goes down and I get thrown in the fire against one of the best quarterbacks in the league and watch how I perform."

House made it perfectly clear at the time that his desire is to stay in Green Bay.

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"Why wouldn’t you want to be on this team?" House said while sitting at his locker. "I love winning. I love Green Bay. And the bad stories I hear about some of the other teams out there about just how everything’s run, this is like maid service. This is first class. I’m so used to this that I really don’t want to drop down where freakin’ Dec. 28 the season is over with."

House added that his "dream" is to remain a Packer. But one big factor involved is if Green Bay — or any other NFL team — is willing to give him a chance at a starting outside cornerback spot.

"I know I can start in this league," House said back on Jan. 19. "It’s what I want to do is start. It sucks, like Seahawks in overtime, and I’m not on defense, and it hurts. We lose the game and it’s like, I feel like I could’ve done something, but I’m on the sideline, playing special teams."

House has played 1,262 total defensive snaps in his four NFL seasons since being drafted by the Packers in the fourth round (No. 131 overall) in 2011. One reason for that snap count not being higher is that House suffered a shoulder injury in the 2012 preseason (at a time when he was on the verge of potentially claiming a starting job) and then fractured his scapula in 2014 when battling with Jones in the end zone.

"To me, I would say I’d give my potential a B-plus (or) A," House assessed on Jan. 19. "Then the four years of me being here I’d say a solid B. Just for the fact that I’ve came in in huge games when players got hurt and whatnot and stepped in and played like we didn’t miss a beat. Played like a starter, I guess you could say. Did a great job on special teams. When my name was called on defense, it was like special teams and defense, and that’s not easy to do."

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