Packers Acquire Punter Corey Bojorquez via Trade

The Green Bay Packers have acquired punter Corey Bojorquez from the Los Angeles Rams. Here is what you need to know. 

It’s a move that shouldn’t come as a total surprise, but on cutdown day when NFL teams had to trim their rosters from 80 players down to 53, the Green Bay Packers also made a trade.

According to Jordan Rodrigue of The Athletic, the Packers will acquire punter Corey Bojorquez and a 2023 seventh-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round draft pick.

The struggles of JK Scott here in Green Bay are well documented at this point, with consistency being the biggest issue, and the Packers' second preseason game against the New York Jets was a prime example of this. Sandwiched in between two 50-yard punts was one that went only 21-yards.

According to PFF, the 45.5 yards per punt that Scott averaged in 2020 ranked 22nd while his 4.57 second average hang time ranked first. But again, when he made good contact, that wasn’t the issue; it was the all too frequent ups and downs. In a regular-season NFL game, a 21-yard shank in the second half can be the difference between a win and a loss.

Bojorquez went undrafted in 2018 and has spent the last three seasons with Buffalo. 2020 was easily his best season, averaging a league-high 50.8 yards per punt with a 4.45 second hang time that ranked fifth.

Bojorquez spent this summer with the Los Angeles Rams, where he continued to have success, averaging 51.9 yards per punt with a league-best hang time of 4.81 seconds on seven punt attempts during the preseason.

The newest member of the Green Bay Packers should be well-equipped to handle the cold — something that Scott struggled with — considering he has spent his first three years in Buffalo.

An added wrinkle in all of this is that Scott was the team’s holder on field goal and extra-point attempts, a role that Bojorquez will likely have to fill.

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Since'61's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:09 pm

Sounds like a huge upgrade. Should enable the Packers to win the field position battle for once. A solid all in move for 2021. I hope he works out as the holder for Crosby. GPG! Thanks, Since '61

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Coldworld's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:57 pm

He does seem one of the few who are both proven now and offer the prospect of being a long term solution.

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greengold's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:56 pm

Yeah, Since! For a punter of his proven skill level, this seems like a great trade.

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Turophile's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:59 pm

Rams had two good punters, Packers had one inconsistent one.

They (the Packers) must have had their trigger fingers ready and their gun pointed at the Rams, because they knew no team keeps two punters............ well, almost no team. :-)

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:21 am

Rams had floated the idea of trading one recently. Seems they were using the battle to get their original one to renegotiate his deal.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:03 pm

Cannot shank punts in championship games. They were generous keeping him onboard last season.

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HarryHodag's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:10 pm

I saw Scott punt at Alabama and he was the real deal. We don't know the full story but he seemed to regress every year as a pro. I've seen it happen before when a team over coaches a person with natural talent. They tend to think too much about something that before was second nature.

I lost favor with Scott when he refused to help tackle people. I've seen Mason Crosby knock a ball carrier hard but Scott looked like he wanted to run away.

Good luck to the new punter, a part of the game often overlooked by fans but key to field position.

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Todd's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:11 pm

Totally agree, Harry.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:42 pm

I saw Crosby run down Corderrelle Patterson and slap the ball out of his hands on a sure-to-be-touchdown kick return. Crosby fears nothing.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:53 pm

It is obvious that Scott does not lift weights for upper body. Not a surprise he doesn't want to tackle anyone

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:24 am

Cant drink enough to stay hydrated while watching 99% of the game on the sidelines either. Just wonder if that’s a window on his attitude to preparation.

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jont's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:48 pm

"... at Alabama and he was the real deal... seemed to regress... seen it happen before when a team over coaches a person with natural talent."

Hmm. Considering the ST coaching issues GB has seen over the years, this might have been the case... maybe, maybe not. I hope he gets picked up; it would be interesting to see how he responds to different coaching.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

September 01, 2021 at 10:02 am

He wasn't over coached.
He was a boomer in college, but had the worst hang time in all of college football.
Yes, they were trying to change his mechanics to get more height on the ball (dead last in the NFL in hang time his entire career AND gave up the most return yardage).

A punter is not supposed to have to tackle. EVER. It was only his poor hang time that put him in that position.

If he couldn't figure out one tiny little adjustment to get more loft and less distance, he's clearly a bust with no real talent.

Kicking far was 2nd nature to him. Kicking with height and direction were not and are absolutely much more critical in the pro game.

He's bad.

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Todd's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:14 pm

Good move by Gutenkunst. Enough was enough. Scott was very good at Bama, but all he really had to do was boom away. He apparently couldn't transition to the directional kicking that's needed in the NFL. That, and he wouldn't tackle, of course.

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White92's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:54 pm

Gutey fixing the disaster he created. I'm not sure why he thought drafting a punter in the 5th round was a good idea especially if the roster he inherited was as bad as some here say.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:20 am

Because there was no better marked player on the draft board than JK Scott, of course, by evaluation. As draft is Crystal Ball business, sometime you hits, sometimes you miss.

Not to take out of consideration that JK Scott show a lot of promise his first year with Packers, second year was worser, but I believe that Packers thought he can recover and advance. After it did not happen they corrected their mistake. Gutekunst is not evaluating every player from Packers Draft Board - this is the job of scouts and others from Personnel Department. He is the person who running the department and is informed from his colleagues about players. He, I'm sure saw all what he needed to see to be able to make final decision. Composing Draft Board is unite effort from complete Personnel Department.

But you should know that. I do not know why I'm writing that...

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:38 am

If I had to guess, Scott’s problem isn’t talent, it’s commitment to development. He hasn’t as a kicker and he hasn’t physically. Just turning up when required tends to lead to short careers in the NFK. Perhaps this will be a wake up call that does him good in the long term.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:45 am

If the roster was as bad? That’s an odd question to raise with your tag line. The roster was notably poor. We did have a punter problem. The pick surprised me and many, but few did not accept it was a need.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

September 01, 2021 at 10:06 am

I know this upsets people for some reason, but a punter should NEVER have to tackle.

Had he actually taken the coaching to kick directionally--and the MUCH bigger issue was being dead last in hang time for his entire college and pro career--and with height, he would NEVER have had to be in a position to tackle.

He's a punter, not a LB.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:15 pm

So Boroquez is still relatively young, and it seems, without the "inconsistencies" issues. Gutekunst preempted another team claiming him - by trading for him. Gave a 6th - got a 7th in return. Another little savvy move by Gutekunst. And we know that a 7th round pick is not an unimportant one for the Packers.

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CheesyTex's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:55 pm

Nice observation, A_P.

Still to be proven, but the 2021 7th round pick looks like the real deal +.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:27 am

It’s a lottery in the 7th. The more picks the merrier. It’s been a long time since Donald Driver. Hill has the potential to be the best since him.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:11 pm

I'm astounded that this post got 2 down-votes!

I would be interested to know why...

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:33 am

I’ve come to the conclusion that a few here vote down a basic and incontrovertible statement of fact when it’s a fact they don’t like. Perhaps some secret Scott partisans?

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LambeauPlain's picture

September 01, 2021 at 10:40 am

Gutey haters...Gutey could cure cancer and some fans would blame him for putting oncologists out of business.

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jurp's picture

September 01, 2021 at 05:54 pm

Looks like you're right - you got the same two downvotes.

Hmmm. Stockholder and Egbert? Stockholder and ImaPayne? Certainly Stockholder, though.

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CoachDino's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:16 pm

I've been a Scott advocate for the last year and always took his holding ability into the equation but If the Packers can become better through more consistency from the punter I'm all for it. Kid has all the talent but if you can't execute this is the end result. I'm glad the packers did what they had to do in order to upgrade and not just make an emotional move hoping some punter who hasn't even had nfl success can be the solution.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:38 am

I agree. I thought the holder change would outweigh the upside, but looking at this move, a chance presented itself that carried enough upside now and in future to overcome that.

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Packers0808's picture

August 31, 2021 at 05:30 pm

Scott was like a deer in the headlights if ST didn't get a tackle before runner got to him! He was a cream puff for that part of his game!

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GregC's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:00 pm

I had this all figured out: The Packers were not going to switch punters now because that would mean forcing Mason Crosby to break in a new holder right before the season starts. Well, ummmm....

The guy they got sounds really good, and he's been in the league a few years, and even played in a cold weather city. Given his performance when he was with Buffalo, I wonder why he was still available. As long as there are no issues with him holding competently for field goals, this should be a very good move by Gutekunst.

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:58 pm

He was not available...he was still a member of the Rams when the Pack traded for him. Bojo almost beat out the $4m punter, 4 year LA player.

Had he made the waiver wire the Pack would have been one of several suitors....and at the end of the wire. Really good move by Gutey for little cost to get him.

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GregC's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:35 pm

Yes, what I meant was that I was wondering why Bojorquez (say that one three times fast!) was still available at this point in the off-season. It seems like after last season ended, he would have been able to join a team that really needed a punter, instead of a team with one of the best punters in the league. But Hekker is getting old, and maybe Bojorquez thought he had a good chance of beating him out.

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pack1487's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:05 pm

If a punter does his job well, he shouldn't have to tackle. The fact numerous people are commenting on how poor of a tackler he is proves why this trade is worth it.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 08:03 am

Well, STs can mess that up. At some point a punter or kicker will need to tackle. Most want to: it’s their stats.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

September 01, 2021 at 10:08 am

Not true at all.
He should never be in that position.
He was because his hang time and directional punting were poor.
Had he been good at those aspect, he would never even have ever had to make a tackle.

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canadapacker's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:26 pm

Maybe we have a good punter - but I wonder how the NFL/NFLPA salary agreement will work financially. Apparently Buffalo GM didnt want to pay Corey Bojorquez and another player who were due an upgrade which is why they were released. Scott was only making 950 K and Corey was due close to 2 mill. In any case looks like a good upgrade because he even had a couple of pro bowl votes.

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Bear's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:46 pm

According to Over the cap it shows he had a non guaranteed contract of $ 1,020,000.
Corey Bojorquez Rams $1,020,000.

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canadapacker's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:49 pm

But Corey was due as a Restricted Free Agent - 2 Million which is why Beane did not offer him. So he probably signed a league minimum ( for a player entering 4th year). In any way an upgrade and maybe he can earn us some consistent field position and a bigger salary next year. Worth the gamble.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 31, 2021 at 10:23 pm

Buffalo has cap problems. Looks to me like they might be a little short to sign their PS guys. Anyway, it is close.

Boroquez was indeed an RFA and the minimum tender was $2.133M. Buffalo refused to tender him, probably because he was a one-year wonder. His first two seasons in Buffalo were shaky but he improved each year. Initially, he was inconsistent and some criticized his holding. Both got better over time.

Boroquez ended up signing for the minimum of $920K plus a $100K roster bonus if he was on the roster for week one. Buffalo signed Matt Haack from the Dolphins: a safe directional punter but not a boomer and definitely mediocre for $1.57M with guaranteed money for 2022. So, I guess Boroquez lost.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 08:04 am

A friend told me the same: cap money. The only knock was a low percentage of punts in the 20, Haak had a better record at that and the team thought close to as good for less.

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NoNonsense's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:28 pm

Great trade but I always fear our guy moving on and putting all together somewhere else. In this case maybe not so much but Scott can be good if he can just find consistency.

As for the holder aspect, I hear it's not a strong suit of the new punter so could be interesting.

Anyway, should make the guy that says "Jake Scott is God Awful" happy, just can't remember his name.

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egbertsouse's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:35 pm

Uphill. And the guy that always rants about vaccinations being commie, and destroying the Constitution should join him.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 08:06 am

Two wrongs do not make a right. Sticking needles in an old piece of paper probably is damaging.

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egbertsouse's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:36 pm

Why don’t they let Love hold for .Crosby? He won’t be doing much else and he’s making a few million this year.

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MarkinMadison's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:38 pm

Excellent point. Also, letting Love hold would put the fear of trick plays into people.

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MarkinMadison's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:38 pm

Excellent point. Also, letting Love hold would put the fear of trick plays into people.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 08:08 am

Not many number 2s hold because it’s an issue if they become the de facto number one. I wonder who our back up holder has been.

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LambeauPlain's picture

September 01, 2021 at 10:47 am

Good question...Boyle last year, maybe?

This year I could see Cobb as back up holder. He's a swiss army knife in his skills. I know he was the emergency QB when last with the Pack.

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jurp's picture

September 01, 2021 at 06:05 pm

Bart Starr held for Don Chandler, although I don't remember any trick plays ever coming out of that.

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PhantomII's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:46 pm

Sure, and it could be a pass option some day.....when we need it badly enough. Like Young in SF.

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jont's picture

August 31, 2021 at 06:37 pm

This trade is a terrific move by Gute. The new guy was the #1 punter in preseason, and GB got him for almost nothing (nothing more than a move of one pick to the 6th round to the 7th). Time will tell how he performs, but right now it is good GM work.

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White92's picture

August 31, 2021 at 07:00 pm

All this fawning over Gutey and this move makes me want to vomit. Drafting a punter in the 5th round then having to trade out of the 6th round to get a replacement is not a "good move" in my opinion.

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Swisch's picture

August 31, 2021 at 07:30 pm

Everyone makes mistakes, but the key is whether one stubbornly persists in a mistake or tries to make the situation better.
It seems like Gute just got a guy who could be a top punter in the NFL this season.
He knew the Rams had two very good punters in camp, and that whomever was let go would be a good pickup for the Packers.
Then he made a trade so that no other team would get ahead of the Packers in obtaining that guy, which turned out to be Bojorquez.
He gave up very little in the process.
Seems like a savvy move by Gute.
White92, I get you maybe being upset about the drafting of Scott, but perhaps you can take some consolation in how the Packers salvaged the situation in apparently a good way, possibly an excellent way.

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White92's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:47 pm

One could argue that he (Gute) did persist in his mistake and Scott should have been let go before last season. That pesky draft position probably contributed to holding on to a guy that could have been replaced by a street undrafted free agent.

For me, it's tough to separate the two moves. While the new punter may turn out to be quite good (or not), the totality is still a 5th in 2018 and moving out of the 6th round in 2022 for a punter. If you can separate the two moves, more power to ya. :)

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JerseyAl's picture

August 31, 2021 at 09:17 pm

SO why exactly do you hate Gutey so much that you can't separate fixing a major weakness in your "all-in" season over losing a low-round draft pick?

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White92's picture

August 31, 2021 at 09:43 pm

I'm sure he's a nice man, I don't hate him at all. I'm just saying that celebrating fixing a situation he created is rather odd. To me, it's like celebrating the Titanic operators doing a great job of using the lifeboats.

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croatpackfan's picture

September 01, 2021 at 03:13 am

I like your confidence. I'm sure you were the only fan here who was against drafting Scott and you know immediately that this was misused pick. Wow, what an eye. Call Gutekunst, you'll have great chances to become Packers ST evaluator and earn some good money!

With your eye for talent, I'm sure football nation will change that narrative how is the best description of drafting is as similar as to look in the Crystal Ball fortune teller. You are on the verge to change the landscape of the football...

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White92's picture

September 01, 2021 at 09:40 am

Wow. A lot of assumptions there. Talk about having a crystal ball or more accurately I guess a mind reader..

Perhaps it'd be better for fans not to opine on questionable draft moves by GMs and just cheerlead on sites like this. That'd be interesting

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 08:00 am

Odd battleground to pick when we have players like Burks still on the roster. He just got rid of Scott and ESB. There’s a good chance Sternberger is done. Scott has potential, that bought him time. He didn’t realize that and an upgrade was made. Seems pretty logical (unlike questioning the state of the roster when Gute took over, as you did earlier).

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Nate-1980's picture

September 01, 2021 at 02:52 pm

I’m with ya white, Gute made a good move getting the new guy but also wasted draft capital on a punter and long snapper in that draft.. But Gute is a genius ha

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 31, 2021 at 07:58 pm

I can imagine Gutey offered the Rams the deal for whoever they cut. Interesting Dekker took a paycut to stay in LA. He may have been the new Packer Punter had he not renegotiated.

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Lphill's picture

August 31, 2021 at 08:01 pm

JK Scott was God awful , my last comment on that , see wishes do come true.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 31, 2021 at 10:43 pm

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jurp's picture

September 01, 2021 at 06:08 pm

I forget. How awful was J K Scott?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 31, 2021 at 10:24 pm

This is as good as I can find on Boroquez. The link is from the SB Nation site for the Bills:

https://www.buffalorumblings.com/2021/3/12/22324339/2020-analysis-buffal...

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 01, 2021 at 12:18 am

As a note, training camp does not end until 9/5/21, and therefore the Rule of 51 in technically is in force until the 6th when all contracts count. Some places are counting 53 contracts in their salary cap calculations (Ken Ingalls, for one, though of course he notes it specifically) while OTC and others still are on the Rule of 51. OTC shows $10.7M in cap space, bit that does not count the PS and the last two contracts, plus Boroquez. Probably around $5M effectively, and GB should keep $3M for churn.

Sternberger and Bakh both count against the salary cap. We shall see what happens with Jace when he is eligible to come off the suspended list. His cap number is $1.037M and his dead money if released or traded is $503K so the Packers could pick up $534K in salary cap space. When Bakh returns from PUP, someone will be released; that should free up a few hundred thousand in cap space.

Ramsey and Redmond did not reach injury settlements. They count for $1.7M. When they can pass physicals, they will be released, and the Packers should gain cap space, how much depends on when they heal.

Boroquez is not on the OTC's numbers and JK Scott since he was released was removed. So, OTC accounted for Scott but hasn't deducted $1.02M for Boroquez.

I expect some additional moves. The cap will shake out on the 6th or 7th.

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Coldworld's picture

September 01, 2021 at 08:15 am

I believe Ramsey may be a long term full season injury. Thus it’s not likely that settlement would reduce the cap hit as I understand it. They may well just leave him on there if that is true, since they clearly like him.

I’m wondering if Redmond’s settlement will be contested. He never looked healthy (all 9 snaps) and appeared to aggravate an injury previously designated as a NFI.

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NoNonsense's picture

September 01, 2021 at 02:17 am

Not one mention that he's a left footed punter, I have always wanted a lefty at Punter. The ball just spins differently.

He also has a good variety of kicks, like Aussie style and the ol watermelon ball. He's got a big leg and also seems able to directional punt so he could be a consistent field flipper for this team. If he can hold well for Crosby then it will be a great move.

I don't mind that JK Scott was a 5th round pick. Right before GB picked him the Seahawks took Aussie Michael Dixon and he turned out to be a very good punter. I'm sure the Seahawks are very happy with that pick, he's a beast. If your getting a difference maker in the 5th, that's a worthwhile use of the pick IMO. He just missed with Scott.

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cheesehead1's picture

September 01, 2021 at 10:21 am

The Seahawks M. Dickson is very good. Wishing JK Scott the best and that he lands with someone else soon. Unfortunately he was just too inconsistent.

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LambeauPlain's picture

September 01, 2021 at 10:49 am

How do you pronounce Bojo's last name?

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greengold's picture

September 01, 2021 at 11:00 am

Bojorquez is pronounced: bow-YOR-kwez

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dekan51's picture

September 01, 2021 at 11:44 am

Sounds like the trade was to keep him from being a FA, and subject to waiver claim, which we would have been low. What I find interesting is that the Rams did the trade. The Pack are in the NFC, and we could be playing them in the playoffs. I think the good blood between the 2 teams helped this trade. I could see a Belichick not doing the trade w/an AFC rival for reasons I just stated.

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Jackwagon's picture

September 01, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Yes. Seattle figured GB was going to take Dixon in the 5th round so they traded up to 1 pick before GB. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and I believe he has made a few more and also All Pro selections. GB waited too long and paid dearly for it.

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packer132's picture

September 01, 2021 at 05:22 pm

Most teams get punters from free agency, and won't spend a draft pick. You do get an occassional gem, but not often. There are 18 of the drafted punters since 1993 who are no longer in the NFL. On average, the career for those 18 punters lasted 5.5 seasons. 10 of those punters failed to make it to a third season, and 12 were unable to make it past four seasons. The other six punters were in the NFL for at least 10 seasons.

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Galacticat's picture

September 01, 2021 at 07:10 pm

Bo-hor-kez.

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