The Green Bay Packers swung a trade on Monday.
No, it wasn’t a big one.
The Packers dealt long snapper J.J. Jansen to the Carolina Panthers for a future conditional draft pick, the team announced on Monday afternoon.
The “conditional” part of the draft pick likely means the Packers will receive a late-round draft choice (probably seventh round) if Jansen makes the Panthers’ final roster and plays in a set number of games. According to the Charlotte Observer, the Packers would receive a draft pick in 2011.
Jansen was the clear front-runner to be the Packers’ replacement for Rob Davis but injured the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee during the preseason finale against Tennessee.
While the injury wasn’t anything that would have kept Jansen out for the season, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve because the Packers didn’t want to burn a roster spot on a second long snapper.
Jansen was injured on a 34-yard run by punter Jon Ryan against the Titans. The irony was that Ryan took off running because of a bad snap by Jansen. It was about the only bad snap he had made through all of training camp and the preseason.
In Jansen’s absence, Brett Goode had a tremendous season. He didn’t have a bad snap all season. He finished with two tackles and a fumble recovery.
Jansen was an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame. He’s certainly good enough to play in the NFL, but with rosters limited to 80 players, trading him means the Packers will be able to add an additional undrafted rookie or veteran free agent following the draft.
Jason Kyle, the Panthers’ long snapper since 2001, remains unsigned. His 128 games for Carolina is seventh-most in team history, the Observer said.
The full NFL schedule will be released at 6 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday. We will break it down once the news is made official. The Packers will host the Jay Cutler-led Bears in a Sunday night game on Week 1.
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