Reports: Packers re-sign RB Christine Michael, host two other free agents

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.

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.

Raiders sign ex-Packers tight end Jared Cook

The Green Bay Packers have now watched seven of their 11 unrestricted free agents sign with other teams, the latest being tight end Jared Cook.

Cook signed with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, six days after the negotiations between the Packers and the tight end’s people broke off. In response, Green Bay went out and signed Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks to fill the void at tight end, leaving Cook to find a new team after just one year with the franchise.

When healthy, Cook was a big time weapon for Green Bay. He missed six games, but still caught 30 passes for 377 yards and one touchdown in the regular season, before hauling in the now famous sideline pass against the Dallas Cowboys that led to a game-winning field goal, sending the Packers into the NFC title game.

According to ESPN, the Raiders gave Cook a 2-year, $12.2 million deal.

Cook joins guard T.J. Lang (Lions), safety Micah Hyde (Bills), center J.C. Tretter (Browns), defensive end Datone Jones (Vikings), outside linebacker Julius Peppers (Carolina) and running back Eddie Lacy (Seahawks) as now former Packers.

Green Bay OLB Datone Jones signs with the Minnesota Vikings

The Green Bay Packers have lost another one of their free agents.

ESPN’s Adam Shefter was the first toe report that outside linebacker Datone Jones has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones, a first-round pick in 2013, played defensive end for the first few years of his career before moving to outside linebacker. He finished his career with nine sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception.

The NFL Network reported the contract Jones got with the Vikings is a one-year, $3.75 million deal that could reach $5 million with incentives.

With Jones now gone, the Packers have lost/let walk six unrestricted free agents — guard T.J. Lang (Lions), safety Micah Hyde (Bills), center J.C. Tretter (Browns), running back Eddie Lacy (Seahawks), outside linebacker Julius Peppers (Panthers).

Report: Davon House returning to Green Bay

Davon House is coming back to Green Bay.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the cornerback had agreed to a one-year contract, that the NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport tweeted is worth $3.5 million.

House was cut by Jacksonville just two years after signing a big money free agent deal. He started 20 games for the Jaguars, finishing with four interceptions and one forced fumble.

The 27-year-old spent his first four seasons in Green Bay after being a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Injuries limited him to just 11 games his first two years, but he played in 29 of 32 games in 2013 and 2014, starting nine of them.

House joins a Packers secondary that struggled last year, especially at cornerback, where injuries ravaged a young and inexperienced group. House is expected to have an opportunity to become a starter.

Eddie Lacy agrees to contract with Seattle Seahawks

GREEN BAY | Eddie Lacy is no longer a Green Bay Packer.  The running back has agreed to a new contract with the Seattle Seahawks according to tweets made Tuesday by Lacy’s agent. The Packers’ second round pick in 2013 gets a one year, $5.5M deal with $3M guaranteed according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lacy originally had a meeting with the Seahawks over the weekend and it apparently went well. He also met with the Vikings and was still talking to the Packers about a return. But Seattle will be Lacy’s new home which means Packers General Manager Ted Thompson is in search of a new running back. Currently Green Bay’s top running backs are Ty Montgomery, a former receiver, and Don Jackson.

Lacy ran for 2,317 yards in his first two seasons, but poor conditioning and an ankle injury led to struggles the past two years.

 

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.

Lions sign ex-Packers RG T.J. Lang

GREEN BAY, Wis. — For the first time in his NFL career, right guard T.J. Lang will wear colors other than green and gold after his agent announced he’d signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions.

Lang was a mainstay in keeping Aaron Rodgers upright, spending the first eight years of his career in Green Bay. Terms of his new deal weren’t released, but Lang was told prior to the 2016 season that he was not among the team’s priorities in terms of contract extensions. That same reasoning led to the outright release of Josh Sitton last fall.

29-year-old Lang has never played fewer than 12 games in a given season, but will come into training camp this year fresh off foot and hip surgeries. He was injured late in Green Bay’s NFC championship game loss to Atlanta.

Ex-Badger TE Kendricks returns to Wisconsin after being signed by Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson continues to surprise, signing former Los Angeles Rams tight end Lance Kendricks Saturday afternoon.

The signing was reported by Rob Demovsky and Adam Schefter, per unnamed sources. It was also noted that Kendricks has been working out with Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and David Bakhtiari this offseason in southern California.

Kendricks was drafted 47th overall by the Rams in 2011 out of Wisconsin, logging 50 catches for 499 yards and two touchdowns in 2016.