Packers Claim LB Briggs Off Waivers

The Green Bay Packers have claimed linebacker Diyral Briggs off waivers from the Denver Broncos.

The Green Bay Packers have claimed linebacker Diyral Briggs off waivers from the Denver Broncos according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Wilson writes via Twitter:

Broncos wanted to re-sign him to practice squad

The Packers won't have a problem making room for Briggs on their 53-man roster given that head coach Mike McCarthy announced yesterday that linebacker Brady Poppinga and defensive lineman Mike Neal would have season-ending surgery and will likely be placed on injured reserve.

But the acquisition of Briggs raises further questions about the status of cornerback Al Harris and safety Atari Bigby.

It would have been easy for the Packers to replace Neal and Poppinga with Harris and Bigby in sort of an even trade, two-for-two.

However, this could be an indication that either Harris or Bigby or both aren't yet ready to return.

If by chance, Harris and Bigby are activated this week, the Packers would have to cut an additional player to make room for the both of them. Among the likely candidates to be cut are defensive linemen Michael Montgomery or linebackers Robert Francois and Maurice Simpkins.

As for Briggs, he's more valued than your average practice squad player. Brian McIntyre of The Other 31 notes that Briggs was paid more than the minimum practice squad salary, one of the few players afforded such a luxury.

Briggs was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers a season ago, and played in four games as a rookie.

He played in one game for the Niners this season before being waived and another one for the Broncos this past weekend in their loss to the Raiders.

At 6-4, 230 Briggs' measurables are more of the prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker.

0 points

Comments (12)

Fan-Friendly This filter will hide comments which have ratio of 5 to 1 down-vote to up-vote.
Evan's picture

October 26, 2010 at 03:40 pm

If you can ever sign a player who was on the receiving end of a historic Oakland Raiders smack down, you gotta do it.

But, in all seriousness, how about a DT now? Raji is going to break down if he keeps this workload up.

Also, I assume he'll take one of the two available slots. Does this point to Bigby (or Harris) still not being ready?

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
corey jenkins's picture

October 26, 2010 at 04:25 pm

According to Demovsky, the Packers plan to release Simpkins.

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
Chris's picture

October 26, 2010 at 04:31 pm

"Among the likely candidates to be cut are defensive linemen Michael Montgomery"

Really? It seems to me the Packers could use some depth at the DL position. I would rather cut the 3rd fullback or one OL who is always off the 45 man active list.

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
WoodyG's picture

October 26, 2010 at 04:47 pm

Demovsky also twits:

"Packers also acquired LB Matt Wilhelm, according to a source."

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
WoodyG's picture

October 26, 2010 at 05:02 pm

Per Demovsky:

"The Packers made two roster additions today, acquiring linebackers Diryal Briggs off waivers and signing veteran Matt Wilhelm.

Briggs’ agent, Edward Brown, confirmed that the Packers were awarded Briggs off waivers after he was cut by Denver. Briggs is a 6-4, 250-pound outside linebacker who entered the league with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent from Bowling Green.

An NFL source said the Packers signed Wilhelm, an inside linebacker who has played for San Diego, Philadelphia and San Francisco. He was originally a fourth-round pick by the Chargers out of Ohio State in 2003.

The source said the Packers planned to release linebacker Maurice Simpkins. They will have to make another roster move, likely putting either defensive end Mike Neal or linebacker Brady Poppinga Poppinga on injured reserve."

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
PkrNboro's picture

October 26, 2010 at 05:30 pm

Is Ronald Talley or Anthony Toribio available ?
At least they'd know the system.

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
Oppy's picture

October 26, 2010 at 06:33 pm

"At 6-4, 230 Briggs' measurables are more of the prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker.".

230 Lbs. is far too light to be prototypical size for a 3-4 outside LB.

250-265 lbs. is "Prototypical" 3-4 OLB sizing. They are typically tweeners- bigger and stronger than your average LB, but smaller and more nimble than your average DE.

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
Piet's picture

October 26, 2010 at 06:53 pm

It was a typo - Briggs' is 250 lbs.

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
jay's picture

October 26, 2010 at 09:56 pm

his ESPN profile lists him at 230, but the Silverstein article lists him as 248

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
Doug In Sandpoint's picture

October 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I think his other brother Diryal is the better of the two.

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0
Doug In Sandpoint's picture

October 27, 2010 at 02:21 pm

Feel free to use that if you get a chance in some future post.

+ REPLY
0 points
0
0

Log in to comment and more!

Not a member yet? Join free.

If you have already commented on Cheesehead TV in the past, we've created an account for you. Just verify your email, set a password and you're golden.