Green Bay bolsters its defensive line with the signing of Quinton Dial

Another cast off from the San Francisco 49ers has landed in Green Bay.

Two days after announcing they had signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, the Packers have agreed to a deal with defensive lineman Quinton Dial, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Dial was released by the 49ers on Saturday as teams around the league trimmed their rosters to 53 players.

The 27-year-old signed a contract extension with San Francisco before the 2016 season, but with a new coaching staff and a scheme change on defense, he became expendable. Green Bay was more than happy to pounce on the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Dial, a fifth-round pick in 2013, who had 78 tackles and 4.5 sacks during his time with the 49ers.

To make room for Dial on their roster, the Packers released defensive lineman Christian Ringo, according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press Gazette. A sixth-round pick in 2015, Ringo had two tackles and one forced fumble last season.

The signing adds another veteran free agent to the locker room, something that had been a rarity for Green Bay. Dial joins Brooks, tight ends Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett, defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois, cornerback Davon House and guard Jahri Evans as guys that played elsewhere before coming to the Packers.

Dial played his college football at Alabama, where he was teammates with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay’s Pro Bowl safety.

Packers announce roster moves, finalize practice squad

The roster an NFL team has at 3 p.m. on cutdown day is rarely the same one it will have when it plays its first game. And that includes the Green Bay Packers.

About 24 hours after announcing their cuts to get down to the 53-man roster limit, the Packers issued another press release Sunday afternoon that saw additional shake up for a team getting ready to open the season against the Seattle Seahawks next weekend.

The most notable moves included the already reported signing of outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks and claiming outside linebacker Chris Odom off of waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.

Brooks reportedly signed a 1-year deal worth up to $5 million. He’s entering his 11th year in the NFL after spending the last eight with the San Francisco 49ers.

Odom, an undrafted free agent from Arkansas State, had very good preseason and was a surprise cut by the Falcons. He had 12.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss in college in 2016.

To make room for those two, the team traded outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott to the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional seventh-round pick and placed offensive lineman Don Barclay on injured reserve.

The team also announced its practice squad. All 10 players were with the team during training camp.

G Kofi Amichia
CB Donatello Brown
QB Joe Callahan
WR Michael Clark
LB Reggie Gilbert
DT Izaah Lunsford
LB Derrick Matthews
OL Adam Pankey
S Jermaine Whitehead
WR DeAngelo Yancey

Report: Packers sign Ahmad Brooks

The Green Bay Packers have signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the veteran, who was cut by the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month, agreed to a 1-year deal worth up to $5 million.

The 33-year-old Brooks should bring more veteran experience to a thin linebacking corps. Starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, along with backup Jayrone Elliott, are dealing with minor injuries, while fourth-round pick Vince Biegel appears likely to start the season on the physically unable to perform list.

When asked about Brooks on Tuesday, linebackers coach Winston Moss clearly wanted him in the mix.

“Tough [and] physically imposing. A (pass) rusher. Can play really well against the run. Can play stout versus a tight end. He can do everything that we’d ask him to do in our scheme,” Moss said.

Brooks will be entering his 11th season in the NFL. He played two years with the Cincinnati Bengals and the last eight with the 49ers.

The University of Virginia product hasn’t missed more than three games or had less than five sacks in the last eight seasons. He was also voted All-Pro at OLB in 2012 and 2013 while in San Francisco.

Packers: Would be ‘major challenge’ to get OLB Vince Biegel ready for the season

Vince Biegel hasn’t practiced or played since the Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp in May. And it doesn’t appear as though the former Wisconsin star will get a chance to get on the field anytime soon.

Speaking after Tuesday’s practice, linebackers coach Winston Moss told reporters that getting Biegel ready for the regular season — after he spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list — would not be easy.

“A major challenge,” Moss said of getting Biegel up to speed before hinting that if he did make the 53-man roster any action he might get would be in specialized situations. “We wouldn’t call upon him to do something out of his range, out of his comfort zone [or] something he’s not ready for.”

Biegel played outside linebacker for most of his career at Wisconsin, so it would seem he’d have a easier time catching up than someone just learning the position. But even if he had all the technical aspects of it down, Moss said getting him into game shape would take time.

“We’re going to coach the guys that we have right now,” Moss said. “Vince, even though he wants to get out there — I want him to get out there, you guys want him to get out there — we’ll just take it as it comes.”

If Biegel stays on the PUP past the preseason, the earliest he could return would be after Week 6.

A fourth-round pick in April’s NFL draft, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native was among the few additions to the Packers pass rush in an offseason that saw outside linebackers Julius Peppers and Datone Jones leave in free agency.

On Tuesday, starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, along with reserve Jayrone Elliott, were held out of practice for precautionary reasons as all three dealt with minor ailments.

But the lack of bodies and reliable pieces at the position led the Packers to bring in 33-year-old Ahmad Brooks for a visit on Tuesday. He was most recently with the San Francisco 49ers and it sounded as if Moss wants him in the mix.

“Tough [and] physically imposing. A (pass) rusher. Can play really well against the run. Can play stout versus a tight end. He can do everything that we’d ask him to do in our scheme,” Moss said.

Report: Packers set to visit with OLB Ahmad Brooks

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are addressing a need at outside linebacker by meeting with former San Francisco 49ers veteran Ahmad Brooks, according to a report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The Packers face an uncertain level of depth at the position after allowing Datone Jones and Julius Peppers to leave the team in free agency. Add in the fact that rookie Vince Biegel has been recovering from foot surgery and it’s understandable Green Bay would be kicking the tires on a 33-year-old.

Brooks is four years removed from a Pro Bowl season in which he had 52 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two fumbles, and one interception. The 49ers released him on Friday to save about $6.1 million in the final year of his contract. He had also become one of the more distracting players on the roster.

Twice in 2014, Brooks was benched for complaining about his playing time. He was benched again the following season. But off the field, he was the focus of a misdemeanor sexual assault investigation, in which he was charged for groping a woman while she was sleeping at teammate Ray McDonald’s house.

The Denver Broncos are also reported to be showing interest in the 11-year NFL veteran.