Thursday, March 13, 2014
Starter Pack: Interest but no action
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – It won't soothe fans clamoring for the Packers to make some free-agent moves, but they should know general manager Ted Thompson did not take this week off.
In fact, it sounds like he has been rather busy -- or busier than usual in free agency.
At least two more players who signed with other teams this week revealed that they had drawn interest from the Packers. Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Al Woods was scheduled to visit the Packers on Thursday but he never made out of it Tennessee, according to the Tennessean newspaper, because he agreed to a deal with the Titans.
Likewise, former Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, told FoxSports.com that the Packers were among the teams that expressed an interest.
Earlier in the week, new Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Red Bryant, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks, revealed he also had a visit scheduled with the Packers that he never made.
Here's a recap of the rest of the Packers-related happenings from Day 2 of free agency, with a little perspective added in:
At the start of Day 2, the Packers were one of 12 teams that had not signed another team's free agent. By day's end, that list was down to seven, including the Packers.
The Packers set up one visit for this week. Former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels is scheduled to come to Green Bay. Daniels played collegiately at nearby Wisconsin. He's coming off a broken leg that ended his 2013 season after only five games.
M.D. Jennings' departure -- he signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday -- ensured the Packers will have a new starting free safety next season. Jennings, who started every game last season, wasn't even offered a restricted free agent tender by the Packers, meaning his departure was not a surprise.
There was no word out of Seattle about the visit by tight end Jermichael Finley on Wednesday. The Seahawks were expected to put Finley through a medical exam to see whether they would clear him following his neck fusion surgery from last fall. It's unclear whether the fact that he wasn't immediately signed had anything to do with his medical situation.