With the signing of five tryout players, the Green Bay Packers have reached the limit for their offseason roster with 90 players. The NFL increased the allowed amount of offseason players on a roster from 80 to 90 this year.
The five tryout players signed were offensive tackle Shea Allard of Delaware, wide receivers Jarrett Boykin of Virginia Tech and Curenski Gilleylen of Nebraska, offensive guard Grant Cook of Arkansas and cornerback Otis Merrill of Illinois State. It shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that four of the five players are on the offensive side of the ball since the Packers only drafted two (both seventh-round selections) during the 2012 NFL draft.
The Packers will have until their four preseason games are played to get down to their final 53-man roster, which I’m sure we’ll continue to keep you up to date on.
So, what does this exactly mean for Green Bay?
For starters, it means that we won’t be hearing about many, if any, new signings from here on out. The few weeks after the draft but before training camps begin are usually riddled with signings, but that will slow down dramatically now.
Also, the roster that they currently have is the roster that we’ll likely see for the remainder of the offseason. Of course, they could decide to cut a player to make room for someone else (possibly Ryan Grant), but that would be the only likely way that the roster changes from here on out.
From this point forward, Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson and the rest of the Packers’ coaching and front office staff will be looking to trim that number from 90 to 53. Last year the Packers were one of the first teams to have their 53-man roster finalized, and we could very well see the same thing happen again this year.
For the entire Green Bay Packers’ roster separated by position, take a look here.