The Green Bay Packers brought back free agent tight end Tory Humphrey and released Kenny Pettway on Monday, the team announced in a press release.
Humphrey joined the Packers at midseason in 2005 but did not catch his first pass until this past season. Humphrey, who spent half of the 2006 season and all of 2007 on injured reserve with an injured hamstring and broken leg, respectively, caught 11 passes for 162 tackles in 2008. He had three receptions of 20 yards or longer and did not have a drop, and was a decent blocker and special-teams performer.
Pettway signed with the Packers last season after Cullen Jenkins was injured and appeared in eight games before suffering a season-ending knee injury that required reconstruction. Pettway made no impact on defense but was a strong performer on one of the NFL’s worst special teams. The team did not explain the decision; either he was slow to recover from surgery or he did not fit as an outside linebacker in the new 3-4 scheme.
Humphrey was not tendered a contract offer as a restricted free agent. With him back in the fold, the Packers’ top tight ends from last season — including starter Donald Lee and last year’s third-round pick, Jermichael Finley — will return to Green Bay.
Terms of Humphrey’s contract were not disclosed. The one-year tender would have cost the Packers $1.01 million. The minimum contract for someone of his experience is $535,000.