The Green Bay Packers may have been ready to move on from cornerback Pat Lee, but one former front office man of the team obviously was not.
According to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, Lee agreed to a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders and GM Reggie McKenzie, who helped draft Lee in the second round as a personnel man for the Packers in 2008.
DB Patrick Lee agrees to terms 1yr deal in Oakland. Reunites with GM Reggie McKenzie from 1st 4yrs in GB
In four years with the Packers, Lee appeared in just 32 games and had just 21 total tackles and zero interceptions.
While a complete bust as a cornerback, Lee did become a valuable special teams player over the last couple of seasons. He led the team in special teams tackles with nine in 2011 after notching seven the season before. Teamed with Jarrett Bush, who re-signed with the Packers Tuesday, as outside gunners covering kicks, Lee helped slowly make the Packers a much-improved unit against punts and kicks last season.
Lee's impact on defense, however, has been nearly non-existant. He played just 21 total snaps on defense in 2011 despite playing arguably his best game as a professional in the Packers' Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In four NFL seasons—one of which was lost to an injury—Lee played just under 200 total defensive snaps.
Now that Lee has walked in free agency—something most expected—the Packers are likely to lean more on 2011 fourth-round pick Davon House, both as a cornerback and special teams player, next season. House was limited by injuries for most of his rookie season and never appeared ready to contribute in 2011.
Lee's career in Green Bay never materialized in part because of injuries, too. Knee problems put him on injured reserve 12 weeks into his rookie season, and another knee injury the next year cost him the entire 2009 season.
In Super Bowl XLV, Lee played over 30 snaps after both Charles Woodson and Sam Shields went down early with injuries. Lee held his own as the Packers held off the Pittsburgh Steelers late.
Now with Oakland, Lee will compete in the secondary with two other free-agent pick ups (Shawntae Spencer, Ronald Bartell) and two second-year players (DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa) for playing time and a roster spot.
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