Update 3: The Packers, as they hoped to do, got all eight of their draft picks under contract before the start of Friday's rookie orientation camp.
About an hour before first-round pick Nick Perry took the field, the team announced it had signed the outside linebacker.
Perry's four-year deal is worth $7.5 million, including a signing bonus of almost $4 million, according to Scout.com's Aaron Wilson.
Update 2: The Packers have signed seven of their eight draft picks, the team announced at midday Friday.
The Packers signed second-round pick Jerel Worthy, fourth-round selection Jerron McMillian and seventh-rounder Andrew Datko on Thursday. On Friday, four players joined the list: second-rounder Casey Hayward, fourth-rounder Mike Daniels, fifth-rounder Terrell Manning and seventh-rounder B.J. Coleman.
The Packers also signed 14 undrafted free agents. All of those names have been reported here and elsewhere since the draft ended on April 28. They are:
- G Dan Barclay, West Virginia
- RB Duane Bennett, Minnesota
- G Jaymes Brooks, Virginia Tech
- FB Nic Cooper, Winston-Salem State
- C Tommie Draheim, San Diego State
- TE Cameron Ford, Wake Forest
- TE Eric Lair, Minnesota
- T Mike McCabe, Holy Cross
- LB Dezman Moses, Tulane
- WR Dale Moss, South Dakota
- S Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt
- WR Marcus Rivers, Buffalo
- CB Dion Turner, Southern Utah
- RB Marc Tyler, USC
Update 1: The Packers have signed the second of their second-round picks, Casey Hayward, agent Scott Smith said on Friday morning. The four-year, $3.31 million agreement includes $1.42 million in guaranteed money, a league source told Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson. Those numbers were confirmed to Packer Report.
“Interceptions are a big thing, but when you come up and defend the run and help your team by getting negative yards, that’s also something I pride myself in,” Hayward, who had seven interceptions as a senior and six as a junior, told Packer Report in an exclusive interview for our postdraft magazine. “A lot of people don’t know that I had 7.5 tackles for losses (as a senior). That’s something people don’t know about my game.”
The Packers also signed seventh-round quarterback B.J. Coleman on Friday, according to Wilson.
At least three of the Green Bay Packers’ eight draft picks signed contracts on Thursday, one day before the start of the three-day rookie minicamp.
All of the contracts are four-year deals, as per the collective bargaining agreement signed last summer.
Second-round pick Jerel Worthy signed early Thursday afternoon, a source told Packer Report.
Worthy started 38-of-40 games for the Spartans and registered 107 tackles (52 solos). His 12 sacks rank 14th on the school career record chart, while his 27.5 stops for losses rank 13th. He was Michigan State’s first Associated Press first-team All-American defensive lineman since Bubba Smith in 1966.
“Yeah, at first (I was disappointed the Packers didn’t select him in the first round),” Worthy told Packer Report in an exclusive interview for our postdraft magazine. “But, hey, they took Nick Perry, who is going to be a great teammate of mine. I’m just excited that the Packers took me anywhere. I’m just excited to be part of a great organization and get to work and win Super Bowls. Not being picked in the first round will do nothing but keep me motivated even more.”
Fourth-round pick Jerron McMillian, a safety from Maine, signed, as well, according to reports.
Among the safeties at the Scouting Combine, McMillian posted the fastest 40-yard dash and vertical leap. He played mostly in the box at Maine, though coach Jack Cosgrove believes McMillian can play in center field, as well.
“I do believe he can (play in the box and center field) but if you were to pin me down on whether he’s better at run support or playing the ball in the air, I’d say run support,” Cosgrove told Packer Report. “I think he’ll come up and hit you with speed and enthusiasm. He’s really good on the edge. He can blitz. He’s got a tremendous knowledge of the game. He’s made himself a student of the game and he’s worked hard at that.”
Seventh-round pick Andrew Datko, an offensive tackle from Florida State, also has signed, Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson reported.
Datko was seen as a potential first-round draft choice until his senior season was doomed by a nagging left shoulder injury.
“If it works out, he might be the steal of the draft,” Seminoles offensive line coach Rick Trickett told Packer Report. “I really do think they got a first-day guy in the seventh round if he stays healthy.”
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