Just nine months after being lauded for his work in slowing New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in last year’s playoffs, cornerback Ladarius Gunter is now out of a job.
Green Bay waived the former undrafted free agent to make room for wide receiver Geronimo Allison, who is back after serving his 1-game suspension last weekend.
Gunter played in seven games as a rookie in 2015 before playing in all 16 a year ago, including 15 starts. He collected 54 tackles, 12 passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Meanwhile, one of Green Bay’s free agent acquisitions is also no longer with the team.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Shefter, the Packers released defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois on Tuesday afternoon.
Francois signed a 1-year deal worth $1.6 million this offseason after spending his first nine years in three different cities — San Francisco, Indianapolis and Washington.
The 31-year-old got just six snaps against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and the move suggests Green Bay is confident that new signee Quiton Dial is an upgrade, and that 2017 third-round pick Montravious Adams is getting closer to 100-percent after missing most of training camp.
The Packers (1-0) will head to Atlanta (1-0) this Sunday to take on the Falcons in a rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship Game.
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.