Former Packer Van Roten finds new team

February, 14, 2014
Feb 14
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Three days after he was released by the Green Bay Packers, offensive lineman Greg Van Roten signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, he said Friday.

Van Roten had to clear waivers before he was free to sign with another team.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound lineman was being groomed as a possible candidate to start at center for the Packers. He played left tackle in college at the University of Pennsylvania but moved inside to center and guard when he signed with the Packers on July 25, 2012.

He played in seven games as a rookie after being promoted from the practice squad and three games this past season before a foot injury ended his year.

Van Roten could be following a similar path to Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini, who was a fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2008. Giacomini played two seasons for the Packers before being released at the end of the 2010 training camp, only two be re-signed to the practice squad. The Seahawks signed Giacomini to their active roster less than a month later, and he became a full-time starter in 2012.

In other news, the Packers have reportedly added a 22nd member to their coaching staff. The Big Ten Network reported that the Packers have added former Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback and assistant coach David Raih as an offensive assistant. Raih had most recently been on the Texas Tech coaching staff.

That would give the Packers 22 assistant coaches, tied for the second most in the league. Only the Eagles and Seahawks have larger coaching staffs with 23 assistants each.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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