Pickett tagged by Packers

The Green Bay Packers placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.

General manager Ted Thompson says in a statement Wednesday that the 340-pound Pickett has been a productive player and the team wants him to be a part of its future. Pickett will make just over $7 million next season if the sides don't reach a long-term agreement first.

Pickett, a nine-year veteran who came to the Packers in 2006, totaled 33 tackles in 13 games last season and played a key role on one of the NFL's best run defenses.

Pickett began his career in St. Louis before signing a $14 million, four-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Packers in 2006.

Adam Schefter is an ESPN NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.