Monday, April 28, 2008
Packers Already Active with Undrafted Rookie FA
The University of Wisconsin's Ken DeBauche, a native of nearby Suamico and graduate of Bay Port High School, agreed to sign with the Packers shortly after going undrafted in this past weekend's NFL draft.
"My house is about 15 minutes away from Lambeau Field, so I've been a fan ever since I can remember," said DeBauche on Sunday night. "Obviously tickets aren't easy to come by, but I've been to at least 10 (games) during my life. I was actually at both playoff games this season.
"So I definitely know about the Packers."
The 6-foot-1, 218-pound DeBauche averaged 42.5 yards from 2004-'07 for the Badgers, with only 115 of his 231 punts having been returned. DeBauche can also hold on place-kicks.
DeBauche follows former UW and Green Bay Preble product Kevin Stemke, who signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2001.
"Actually I know Kevin pretty well. I've known him for four years now, so we talk from time to time," DeBauche said. "He tells me what he went through at this time, and I'm sure I'll be talking to him in the next day or two. I'm sure he'll give me some insight, and some of the things that he learned when he had a chance with the Packers."
DeBauche visited the Packers' facility a few weeks ago in advance of the draft, and also worked out for representatives from the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams.
"I knew going in that it was pretty unlikely that I was going to be drafted," he said. "So I was just hoping to get a chance with a team, and it just so happens that team is the Packers and they're right down the road from me.
"We thought the Packers were a good situation so once that was out there we jumped on it."
DeBauche will provide competition for both incumbent Jon Ryan and first-year player Ryan Dougherty, who spent some time in camp last year with the Packers.
OTHER UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FA:
Also on Sunday night, the Packers were known to have agreed to terms with five other rookie free agents: running back Kregg Lumpkin of Georgia; wide receiver Taj Smith of Syracuse; tight end Mike Peterson of Southwest Missouri State; linebacker Danny Lansanah of Connecticut and long snapper J.J. Jansen of Notre Dame.
Also, UW-Whitewater running back Justin Beaver will work out for the Packers at their rookie orientation camp this coming weekend.
Story from Todd Rosiak from today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel