The Green Bay Packers hosted Pittsburgh quarterback on an official pre-draft visit, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"According to an NFL source, the Packers were one of the many teams that Savage has visited in the past couple of weeks," writes Silverstein. "He has reportedly shot up draft boards as teams start to find out more and more about him."
Savage's agent has acknowledged that his client was invited to the NFL Draft, which likely lends credence to his rising draft stock, even though Savage eventually turned down the invitation.
Despite the signing of Matt Flynn as a free agent, the Packers would still appear to be in the market for a quarterback to develop. Mike McCarthy said at the NFL Combine he'd like to carry a fourth quarterback into training camp.
Flynn was signed to just a one-year contract leaving his long-term status in Green Bay in doubt.
The jury is also still out on Scott Tolzien, who proved to possess impressive raw physical traits in limited playing time last season but still has to put together the entire package.
After beginning his college career at Rutgers, Savage transferred twice, eventually finishing his senior season at Pittsburgh, where McCarthy grew up and was an assitant coach with the Panthers early in his coaching days.
In 2013, Savage completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2.958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
NFL teams are allotted 30 official pre-draft visits in which they can interview a player and have them take a physical examination but not put them through an on-site workout.
Savage the 11th player reported to have a pre-draft visit with the Packers and the fourth quarterback. Others include:
- Quarterback David Fales, San Jose State
- Quarterback Keith Wenning, Ball State
- Quarterback Brock Jensen, North Dakota State
- Wide receiver Jeremy Butler, Tennessee-Martin
- Center Luke Bowanko, Virginia
- Offensive lineman John Fullington, Washington State
- Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill
- Cornerback Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State
- Cornerback Walt Aikens, Liberty
- Linebacker Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
Photo: Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage by Brian Carriveau.
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