It appears Jacob Schum is staying put in Titletown. A year after supplanting long-standing Packers punter Tim Masthay, Schum, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, will be retained. It was later reported by Ryan Wood of Packers News that Schum will sign the exclusive rights tender with the team expected to make an announcement next week.
The Packers are bringing back punter Jake Schum, an exclusive rights free agent. He will take his physical and... https://t.co/1izg8alHLs
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 2, 2017
Schum, who was claimed off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 30th, 2016, had what could be described as an up and down first year in Green Bay. He averaged 43.4 yards per punt, downed 19 inside the 20 yard line and had a long of 65. He performed well in the playoffs, especially the final two games, in which he averaged 54 yards per punt.
Schum, 28, is an exclusive rights free agent due to accruing less than three pro seasons. The team has until 4 p.m. New York time on March 9th to formally submit a minimum qualifying offer. As Schum looks to build upon his first season in Green Bay, it will be interesting to see what happens come time for training camp based on the way things unfolded last year.
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