GREEN BAY, Wis. — After drafting three running backs in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers have released Don Jackson and plan to do the same with Christine Michael.
Citing league sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Michael’s time in Green Bay is limited. Injuries forced the Packers to claim Michael on waivers midway through the 2016 season, rushing for just one touchdown in the six games he played in. Green Bay found more success running the football when they converted receiver Ty Montgomery to a full-time running back.
Green Bay is down to four running backs on roster (including Montgomery) after drafting Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Devante Mays.
Christine Michael’s time with the Green Bay Packers will last longer than six games.
ESPN is reporting that the running back has re-signed with the team after visiting them on Wednesday.
Michael was claimed off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks midway through the 2016 season, and went on to carry the ball 31 times for 1144 yards and one touchdown in six games for the Packers, including 45 yards in a win over the Chicago Bears.
Bringing Michael back gives Green Bay three running backs on their roster, as he joins converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery and undrafted free agent Don Jackson in the team’s backfield.
ESPN’s Field Yates also reported that tackle Byron Bell visited Green Bay on Wednesday, while ESPN’s Rob Demovsky tweeted that the team would be hosting defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois.
Bell was on the Tennessee Titans injured reserve all of 2016 after sustaining an ankle injury. Prior to that, though, he had started 72 of 78 possible games between the Titans and Carolina Panthers.
For the second time this year, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has acquired a castoff from one of his former disciples.
The team announced Wednesday that they had claimed running back Christine Michael off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, whose personnel man, John Schneider, served under Thompson and former general manager Ron Wolf in Green Bay.
Michael ran for 469 yards and six touchdowns this year for the Seahawks, including a career-high 106 yards against the San Francisco 49ers. But he had fallen out of favor in recent weeks, and with preferred starter Thomas Rawls set to return, Seahawks let him go, in what some called a shocking move.
For Green Bay, the move makes perfect sense. With starter Eddie Lacy on injured reserve, backup James Starks still trying to regain his form following knee surgery and the trade for Knile Davis not working out, Michael gives the Packers a somewhat proven option in the backfield. The 26-year-old can work with Starks and converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery to help a running game that ranks 21st in the NFL.
Michael has rushed for 966 yards in his four-year NFL career after getting drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2013 draft.
Green Bay placed running back Don Jackson on injured reserve to make room for Michael on the roster.
The Packers (4-5) travel to Washington (5-3-1) this Sunday.