The Green Bay Packers made a number of moves today. The most important from a personnel and budget cap standpoint is the pending trade or -- more likely -- release of eight-year veteran LB Nick Barnett. GM Ted Thompson met with Barnett early this morning and told him of the team's plans. Certainly had to hurt, but just as certainly Barnett couldn't have been too surprised. Given the Packers' cap situation, the fact that Barnett would have been due more than $5 million in salary, the fact that Barnett has been injured two of the last three seasons, and the fact that the Packers made their successful end-of-season/playoff/Super Bowl run without him, the writing was on the wall.
Farewell, Mr. Barnett, thank you for your service and for being a great Packer. Good luck wherever you land next.
There is no word at the time of this posting as to the status of Cullen Jenkins, James Jones, Mason Crosby or John Kuhn, all unrestricted free agents. Speculation is that Jenkins will take a bigger deal elsewhere, while Crosby is expected to be re-signed; there are reportedly 12 free agent kickers on the market. Kuhn indicated that he would test the market. As for Jones, QB Aaron Rodgers was reported to have stated that re-signing him was "priority number one," at least as he saw it. So, stay tuned. These will be interesting days ahead, full of roster activity.
Undrafted free agent signings
Teams across the league were busy today signing undrafted free agents. The Packers were no different, adding 16 players according to various sources. They are:
- WR/KR Antoine “Shaky” Smithson, Utah
- WR Tori Gurley, South Carolina
- LB Jamari Lattimore, Middle Tennessee State
- C Sampson Genus, South Florida
- S M.D. Jennings, Arkansas State
- DE Vic So’oto, BYU
- QB Diondre Borel, Utah State (possible WR in the NFL)
- OL Theo Sherman, James Madison
- OL Ray Dominguez, Arkansas
- WR Kerry Taylor, Arizona State
- NT Eli Joseph, Temple
- LB Peanut Joseph, Temple
- S Anthony Bratton, Delaware
- FB Jon Hoese, Minnesota
- DB Brandian Ross, Youngstown State
- RB Brandon Saine, Ohio State