Packers Jerel Worthy traded to The Patriots for a late round pick

The Green Bay Packers have reportedly traded defensive tackle Jerel Worthy to the Patriots for a late round pick, according to Ian Rapaport of NFL Network, as well as Worthy’s agent, Chafie Fields.

The former second round pick in the 2012 draft was a promising 3-technique in college at Michigan State, but was drafted out of position to be a 3-4 defensive end. Worthy played in 14 games as a rookie, recorded 2.5 sacks and 14 tackles, before tearing his ACL in week 17 of his rookie season. The knee injury kept him out of nearly all of the 2013 season, except for 14 plays where he recorded only one tackle. Worthy was graded as the 5th worst 3-4 defensive end in all of the NFL by ProFootball

The trade is pending Worthy passing a physical. The Packers will only receive the late round draft pick if Worthy makes the Patriots team. The Packers likely would’ve cut Worthy before the start of the 2014 season, so at least they can get something out of him in the future instead of nothing.



Andy Burch is a Converged Broadcast Media major at The University of North Texas, class of 2017. He is currently an intern for BaD Radio at 1310/96.7 The Ticket and a Packers news writer for You can follow him on Twitter at


22 thoughts on “Packers Jerel Worthy traded to The Patriots for a late round pick

  1. Ugh, another high draft pick wasted by Ted Thompson on the defensive side of the ball. Nick Perry, Mike Neal, BJ Raji, AJ Hawk, Datone Jones et. al. soon to follow. When will Packer fans hold him accountable? Probably never.

    1. If you are still including Hawk in that equation, you’re reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaching. He’s entering his 9th season. He was either there by year 3 or not eligible as a “wasted pick”.

    2. Probably not. He’s won a Super Bowl and been to the playoffs 5 straight years. I think we can cut Ted some slack.

    3. Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Boykin, or Bishop, Sitton, Lang, or Daniels, all guys that were UDFA or 4th round picks. If Ted hits a Home Run with a 4th rounder or a UDFA and whiffs on a 2nd rounder so be it. I don’t understand why Archie spends so much time being negative, takes a lot of energy to be that sour all the time.

  2. Worthy was never a good fit for GB’s defensive scheme under Dom Capers. Instead of playing as a DT in a 4-3 the Packers tried to make him a 2-gap DE in a 3-4 front. The Patriots will move him back to his natural position. Let’s see, the Pack played Worthy, Raji, Mike Neal, Mike Daniels, Nick Perry, Datone Jones, Carl Bradford, Micah Hyde all out of position. Why is that? Yet Thompson and McCarthy continued to get extended. Accountability in GB is non-existent.

    1. I totally agree with Archie. Don’t get me wrong, I like the new flashy layout, but Disqus forums suck. It removes all accountability, now people who make idiotic posts will never know if 100 people disagree with them versus only 2 people. Thumbs up, thumbs down was one of my favorite parts of this site because I felt it helped generate useful and respectful discussion… oh well

  3. Ted has really been blowing lately with these high Draft picks D. I hope this year the front 7 steps up, if not, it’s because of Ted

  4. Well it looks like half of the dynamic duo of the 2011 draft is finally gone….that leaves one more from the 2011 draft…will sleep with fingers crossed for you Nick Perry.

  5. Three of the eight 2012 draft picks are still with the team. This should serve as condemnation for the 2012 draft class by Ted Thompson. Only Daniels and Hayward are still on the team. Oh yeah, and Perry who has played only 17 games of a possible 32 has been worthless so far due to injuries. Thompson actually traded up eight spots by giving up a fourth round pick to the Eagles to get Worthy. As Ricky Ricardo might have said (for those who remember him) Tommy, you got some splainin to do!”

  6. If the Packers were really going to cut him anyway this is a good move to get something for him. If he doesn’t pass the physical it might be over for him. If he makes the Pats I hope he doesn’t come back and sack Rodgers when we play the Pats later this year. Go Pack! Thanks, Since ’61

  7. At least my views stand the test of time Al. Sorry I can’t drink your kool-aid that all things Packers/Ted Thompson are just swell. We have a really nice offense. There is no solution in sight for this defense. I’ll let you know when that changes. Oh, and now our brainiac HC is going to put our best players on ST. Now that’s a novel idea. Can’t wait to see how that works out. Is Ted Thompson teh only GM that can’t find an effective return man to save his life? Oh, that’s right, he had one last year but didn’t know it and let him go. Ha!

    1. so tired of your stupid “kool-Aid” remarks. I praise when it’s warranted and I criticize when it’s warranted. All you do is criticize. You lose all credibility.

  8. I hope this means they’ll reconsider Johnny Jolly and bring him back. Jonathan Franklin gone, two ACL tears, and now this. It’s terrible those things happened, I’m just pointing out that there’s room on the roster now. I’ve reconsidered, and I think they ought to bring back Jolly, a player who can play in a 3-4 at the price of the league minimum.

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