Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Packer Free Agency news........sort of
GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay Packers' free-agent foray hasn't grabbed many headlines -- that little announcement last week about one of their players retiring got most of the attention, for some unknown reason -- but general manager Ted Thompson and his staff aren't sitting out the signing period.
So far, the team has played host to three free agents: Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith, St. Louis Rams linebacker Brandon Chillar, and the latest, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray on Monday and Tuesday.
The Packers are in the market for a veteran backup to new starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the wake of Brett Favre's retirement last week.
The Packers were also set to bring Cincinnati wide receiver/returner Tab Perry to Lambeau Field for a meet-'n'-greet on Tuesday.
Gray played in eight games (starting four) in place of an injured David Garrard last season for the Jaguars, completing 80 of 144 passes (55.6) for 986 yards, with 10 touchdowns, five interceptions and 10 sacks for a passer rating of 85.6. He also ran 19 times for 57 yards. The Packers saw him in person in the preseason, when he was 3-for-5 for 44 yards and an 88.8 rating in an exhibition game in Green Bay on Aug. 23.
The 6-foot-3, 254-pound Gray turns 29 on May 21 and entered the league as an undrafted free agent from Florida A&M in 2003. He is expected to visit the Oakland Raiders after his trip to Green Bay, according to a report on the NFL Network.
Story courtesy of Jason Wilde, Wisconsin State Journal