Apparently free agent Atari Bigby won’t be re-signing with the Green Bay Packers this season. Third round draft pick Alex Green tweeted last night that his jersey number will be #20, which belonged to Bigby for the past six years.
For the past few seasons, Bigby has been the strong safety complement to Nick Collins. His best season was 2009, when he accumulated 49 tackles, defended 8 passes, and picked off 4 interceptions. Though admired by some, he has been considered the weakest of the starters in the backfield.
Unfortunately for Bigby, he sealed his fate last season when he decided to holdout on his contract. With Morgan Burnett drafted that year, the Packers didn’t budge and reportedly threatened to reduce his $1.759 million tender offer if he didn’t sign it.
Bigby eventually signed, but a chronic left ankle injury seemed to put the nail in the coffin. He had to undergo arthroscopic surgery in August and was placed on the PUP list. By the time he returned to the field in November, Charlie Peprah had solidified his spot as a starter. To top it all off, Bigby missed a few of the final games due to other minor hamstring and groin injuries.
With Alex Green now donning the #20 jersey, it’s clear Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have decided to move on without Atari Bigby. Charlie Peprah and Morgan Burnett have shown themselves to be more than adequate replacements for the injured and aging safety.——————Follow @ChadToporski