Packers At 79 Players

After one more signing, the Packers will have to cut players in order to get anyone else under contract.

Note: This article has been updated from its original version to reflect accuracies.

With the reported signing of fifth-round draft choice Andrew Quarless, the Green Bay Packers now have 79 players under contract.

Quarless is the fourth of seven draft choices to have signed with the Packers. The rookie tight end joins offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (5th round), running back James Starks (6th round) and defensive lineman C.J. Wilson (7th round) from the team's draft class as players who have signed on the dotted line.

Yet to have signed are the Packers' top three draft choices from the 2010 draft: first-draft choice and offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga, second-rounder and defensive lineman Mike Neal, plus third-rounder and safety Morgan Burnett.

Also not under contract is restricted free agent Atari Bigby, who is prevented from any other team per league rules. The Packers offered Bigby a second-round tender worth $1.759 million, which he has not accepted. It's been reported that the Packers have threatened to reduce Bigby's tender, but it's unknown whether they have followed through.

The Packers have room to sign one more player until they have to start cutting players. Theoretically, the Packers have to cut three players to make room for the four yet to agree to a contract.

Most draft choices agree to contracts by the time training camp begins, but if by chance a Bryan Bulaga or an Atari Bigby continue to "hold out" the Packers do not have cut any players until they have signed.

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PackersRS's picture

July 09, 2010 at 12:36 pm

A Wr, either Dillon or Swain will be released for sure. An OL will be released. And I hope Jarrett Bush goes too.

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PackerAaron's picture

July 09, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I'd be shocked if Swain gets released before camp.

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alex's picture

July 09, 2010 at 01:07 pm

yeah swain is one of those guys that gives 100% all the time

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ZeroTolerence's picture

July 09, 2010 at 02:51 pm

By my count we have 79 signed, with the remaining 4. We should be able to sign one more before any cuts need to be made.

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ZeroTolerence's picture

July 09, 2010 at 02:55 pm

Just did a recount, and I stand by my statement above. According to the official Packers web site, roster has 83 players listed.

Is there someone signed not on the roster?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

July 09, 2010 at 03:14 pm

Looking into it right now.

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PackerAaron's picture

July 09, 2010 at 03:29 pm

I think you're counting Bigby.

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CSS's picture

July 09, 2010 at 03:31 pm

You can't count Al Harris either, correct?

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PackerAaron's picture

July 09, 2010 at 03:41 pm

No, Harris is under contract. He gets counted.

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ZeroTolerence's picture

July 09, 2010 at 03:41 pm

The 83 players listed on the Packers' roster includes Bigby, Harris, and the three unsigned draft picks.

If Harris does not count against the 80 (I think he does), then there would be two spots open before cuts need to be made.

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CSS's picture

July 09, 2010 at 06:20 pm

If he starts the season on the PUP list he doesn't count against the roster, just the salary cap, right? I realize they could'nt start him until week 6, but it's likely, no?

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Tom's picture

July 09, 2010 at 02:52 pm

No one like Swain or Bush will be released yet. Personally, I wouldn't be surprised at all if both make the final cut. Swain was a stud special teamer and they sure seem to like Bush...

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PackerAaron's picture

July 09, 2010 at 03:49 pm

When the man says Zero Tolerance - he means it!

:)

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Brian Carriveau's picture

July 09, 2010 at 03:58 pm

Good call, Zero Tolerance. Don't know where I went wrong originally.

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ZeroTolerence's picture

July 09, 2010 at 04:12 pm

My zeal is a function of some real dead league time. I just wish I could correct the misspelling of my user name!

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aussiepacker's picture

July 09, 2010 at 08:32 pm

Man i hope this is the year we cut Bush from the roster and end all our misery. But then who will we all bitch about

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CJ in Guatemala's picture

July 09, 2010 at 09:07 pm

Super Breno!

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BubbaOne's picture

July 10, 2010 at 06:21 am

How about Noone as in No One. His jersey # 00. Do I wish Bush made less mistakes, Breno show us why he should be on the roster, and Hawk make more impact plays? abso-f'ing-lutely. But they're on my favorite team so I root for them and bitch at their opponents.

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