Packers re-sign exclusive rights free agents Allison, Ringo

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers re-signed exclusive rights free agents Geronimo Allison and Christian Ringo, it was reported Friday evening.

Allison played admirably in the final two games of the 2016 season, hauling in eight passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Ringo was waived by the team in September 2015 to be stashed on the practice squad. He appeared in eight games in 2016, logging two tackles and a forced fumble.

Both players will make an estimated $540,000 salary for the 2017 season, according to Spotrac.

Packers’ preseason opponents announced for 2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers’ 2017 preseason schedule will begin and end at Lambeau Field after the team’s opponents were announced Monday evening.

Green Bay will host Philadelphia and Los Angeles to bookend the schedule, while travelling to Washington and Denver for their two road preseason games.

2017 Preseason Opponents
Aug. 10-13 vs Philadelphia Eagles
Aug. 17-21 at Washington Redskins
Aug. 24-27 at Denver Broncos
Aug. 31. vs Los Angeles Rams

Specific game dates and times have yet to be finalized, but none of the four games involving the Packers are expected to be nationally televised broadcasts. That’s rare for a Green Bay team that’s had at least one preseason game broadcast nationwide in 22 of the past 24 seasons.

Packers claim ex-Bears DT Ego Ferguson

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers added another piece to the defensive line Monday evening by claiming former Chicago Bears tackle Ego Ferguson.

Ferguson is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, being selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU. He stands to make about $980,000 in the 2017 season.

The Bears moved on from Ferguson after injuries and suspensions limited him to 13 tackles, two sacks, and one start in his three years with the team. He was waived this season with an injury designation before officially being released last week.

Packers Hall Of Famer Ahman Green Joins The Joe & Ebo Show

MADISON | With the Packers currently thin at the running back position, would their all-time leading rusher be willing to come back and play if he got the call? “Hell yeah I would go,” Ahman Green told the Joe & Ebo Show. “What would be the hesitation? It’s something that I love to do,” he continued.

Ahman Green also shared his insight on the the possibility of Adrian Peterson coming to Titletown and if Ty Montgomery can be the #1 option for the upcoming season.

Outside of football, Ahman is very active with charities, his foundation, a leading spokesman for the Alzheimers Association of Wisconsin, and an avid fan of video games, comic books, superheroes and even has a role in a few movies.

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Thompson on RBs: “We need some more guys”

PHOENIX — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson touched on a variety of topics during Monday’s NFL Owners Meetings, including a need for more bodies in the backfield.

“We need some more guys,” Thompson said in reference to adding running backs. “We’re a little short in a couple of areas. So from a personnel standpoint, we’ve got to get some more bodies, but we like the guys that we have. It’s just that we’d like to get some more.”

The departure of Eddie Lacy and the release of James Starks leaves just three running backs on roster, none of which have carried the workload a full season would entail. Ty Montgomery, who switched from wide receiver to running back last season, carried the ball 77 times for 457 yards and three touchdowns.

Reports from over the weekend indicated Thompson and the Packers were considering a meeting with former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson but that his asking price was too steep. Those reports also stated that Green Bay may address Peterson after the NFL Draft next month if their needs aren’t met. But when Thompson was asked about Peterson on Monday, he became tight-lipped.

“Let’s all together answer that question,” Thompson told a group of reporters. “We don’t talk about players that are not on our team. We never have, we never will. It doesn’t serve a purpose, I don’t think.”

Thompson and the Packers have roughly $24 million in cap space remaining for this offseason, and while he admitted it’s possible another player is added, that money might be saved for a future contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Packers CB Dorleant arrested for disturbance at Iowa bar

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor interference during a disturbance at an Iowa bar.

Dorleant was with former Northern Iowa teammate and Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall at Sharkey’s Fun House just off campus. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference. Both players were released from jail that same night.

Dorleant described the incident in a phone interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“The bouncer at the front door, he wasn’t letting us in. He forced me out, and then Deiondre’ saw it and there was a little shoving, like other guys too that we were hanging out with. Then the police came and they just had to separate us. They took me and Deiondre’ — not away but they drove us off just because there was a scene. We ended up driving away downtown. Then we got let go. That was really it. Nothing else really happened from what I know.”

Dorleant went undrafted before signing with the Packers in May of 2016. He’s played in four games for Green Bay, recorded one tackle.

Report: Packers considered meeting with Adrian Peterson, price too steep

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson isn’t known for being a big spender, and that modus operandi was confirmed with reports the team turned down a chance to meet with former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson is reportedly asking teams for $8 million for the 2017 season, believed to be one of the biggest reasons he remains a free agent. Peterson is also coming off his second season in the last three years in which he’s dealt with knee issues. The Oklahoma product tore his ACL in 2014 before returning for an All-Pro 2015 campaign and subsequent meniscus tear in 2016.

Recent media reports claim the Packers would consider meeting with Peterson, but not until after they’ve had the chance to address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Green Bay lacks star power in the backfield, with converted receiver Ty Montgomery appearing to be the lead running back heading into 2017. The Packers added depth this week by re-signing Christine Michael after initially acquiring him on waivers last November from the Seahawks.

Packers to host DT Jean Francois on Wednesday

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are set to host veteran free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois on Wednesday, following visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.

Green Bay has already added three new players through free agency, but the impending four-game suspension of Letroy Guion has the Packers looking for depth heading into next season. Jean Francois is heading into his ninth NFL season, having played the last two years with the Washington Redskins. Jean Francois has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes.

Jean Francois was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, recording 153 career tackles and 12 career sacks.

Regardless of whether or not Green Bay signs Jean Francois, the Packers have been planning to insert second-year defensive lineman Kenny Clark into that role. They’re hoping Clark can step in for Guion as a pass-rusher, but also act as a run-stuffer  after the 2015 departure of B.J. Raji.

Report: Packers, Browns showing interest in former Cardinals CB Josh Hill

GREEN BAY, Wis. — According to a report from the National Football Post, the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns are looking into former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Hill.

Hill last played in the NFL in August of 2013 as an undrafted rookie out of California, but since his release, he’s not cracked an NFL roster and had even retired from professional football. But recently uploaded workout videos may give teams reason to give the 27-year-old a look.

During his four years at Cal, Hill logged 214 total tackles with four interceptions, though his size (5′ 9-3/4″) and NFL Scouting Combine numbers (4.69 40-yard dash) still leave more to be desired.

Packers bring back Jayrone Elliott on one-year deal

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will re-address their need for outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott in 2018 after re-signing him on a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

Elliott has spent his first three NFL seasons in Green Bay, mostly contributing as a member of the special teams unit. His role on the defense could increase after Julius Peppers left for Carolina, leaving just Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Kyler Fackrell as outside linebackers. Datone Jones is currently testing the free agent market.

After the Packers declined to tender the restricted free agent, Elliott met with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers. The former undrafted free agent out of Toledo signed with Green Bay in 2014 on a three-year, $1.535 million contract.