Thursday, November 19, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Brohm departs
By Kevin Seifert
It looks like the Brian Brohm era is over in Green Bay.
Brohm, the 56th overall pick of the 2008 draft, signed Wednesday night with Buffalo, according to multiple media reports, including this one by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Brohm has spent the season on the Packers’ practice squad and was eligible to sign onto any team’s 53-man roster. The Packers tried to match Buffalo’s offer, according to the Journal Sentinel, but Brohm declined and instead chose a fresh start with the Bills.
The Packers drafted Brohm before Aaron Rodgers developed into their long-term starter. It’s a good thing: Brohm struggled in both of his training camps with the Packers and was far behind Matt Flynn, a seventh-round pick in 2008, on the depth chart.
The Brohm situation might be the reason the Packers released receiver Jake Allen; they didn’t immediately fill his roster spot Wednesday. Allen was claimed on waivers by Cleveland.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- New defensive coordinator Dom Capers has elevated the Packers to the NFL’s No. 4 ranking against the run, notes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee offers his spin on the Rodgers-Alex Smith story.
- Following up on Wednesday’s stadium hiccup in Minnesota: The Vikings angrily rejected a lease extension offer from the commission that runs the Metrodome. Owner Zygi Wilf said in a letter that the offer, coming at a time when he is seeking a new stadium, makes him question the future of the Vikings in Minnesota.
- A contract extension for coach Brad Childress isn’t finalized, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
- Chicago has turned down all on-camera interview requests with NBC in advance of Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Bears center Olin Kreutz (back) should play Sunday night, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
- Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is 4-9 in his 13 career night games, notes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
- Detroit signed cornerback DeAngelo Smith off the Bears’ practice squad, the eighth defensive back they have added since the start of the season, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions safety Louis Delmas says his infected tooth has healed, reports John Niyo of the Detroit News.