Packers Sign Familiar Faces
Banjo (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)
Banjo (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)
Posted Feb 26, 2014

Safety Chris Banjo was second on the team in special-teams tackles; Michael Hill was a stud running back in Division II.

The Green Bay Packers re-signed safety Chris Banjo and brought back running back Michael Hill, the team announced on Wednesday.

Banjo, an exclusive-rights free agent, appeared in all 16 games last season and started at Cincinnati. He recorded 15 tackles (12 solo) and broke up one pass. More importantly, he finished second on the team with 10 tackles on special teams. Banjo went undrafted out of SMU in 2012 and didn’t play in the league. He spent part of the 2013 offseason with Jacksonville and signed with Green Bay on July 29.

Banjo (5-10, 207) gives the Packers three safeties under contract, with Morgan Burnett and Sean Richardson. M.D. Jennings is a restricted free agent. At the Scouting Combine, coach Mike McCarthy didn’t rule out moving cornerback Micah Hyde to safety, though that’s likely dependent on any other offseason moves in the secondary.

Hill (5-10, 210) was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2 and wound up being promoted to the 53-man roster on Sept. 30. He played in two games for the Packers, returning one kickoff for 19 yards. He was released on Oct. 18 to make room for Chris Harper, who had been claimed on waivers, and signed back to the practice squad. The Buccaneers signed Hill off the Packers’ practice squad on Nov. 13. In six games with the Bucs, Hill carried nine times for 23 yards and caught two passes for 23 yards.

Hill was an undrafted free agent who spent training camp with San Diego. At Missouri Western, he was runner-up for Division II’s player of the year after rushing for 2,168 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was MVP of the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic with 148 yards on 12 carries.

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