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Packers Reportedly Release Safety Charlie Peprah

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Packers Reportedly Release Safety Charlie Peprah

According to Jason Wilde of, the Green Bay Packers have released safety Charlie Peprah:


Peprah reportedly underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason, which kept him out of the entirety of the Packers' offseason practice program.

Being cut in July, however, before the Packers even began their training camp practices, comes as a surprise. Perhaps the knee was a larger issue than anyone let on.

The Packers held physicals and conditioning tests on Wednesday morning in advance of Thursday's first day of practice, so it's perhaps easy to assume Peprah did not pass one or both of those tests.

Peprah played in parts of five seasons with Packers dating back to 2006, including 25 starts over the past two years. In 2011, Peprah ranked third on the team in tackles (94), second in interceptions (five) and first in interception return yardage (147) in addition to having 10 passes defensed.

The veteran safety didn't begin either of the past two seasons as a starter but became one when injuries occured to Morgan Burnett in 2010 and Nick Collins in 2011. Peprah was a starter on the Packers team that won the Super Bowl during the 2010 season.

With the release of Peprah, the door has been opened to a pair of young safeties, M.D. Jennings and rookie Jerron McMillian.

Jennings would appear to have the inside track after spending much of the offseason program with the first-string when Peprah sat out due to injury. McMillian, a fourth round draft choice out of Maine, has all of training camp to state his case.

A much debated change of position for Charles Woodson took place over the course of the offseason, and judging by comments from head coach Mike McCarthy, Woodson will continue to primarily defend opposing receivers from the slot cornerback position. He may, however, play some safety when the Packers are in the base 3-4 defense this season.

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Evan's picture

More importantly, does anyone know if Justin Hagstrom got his mention on G&G?

CSS's picture

G&G concluded well before Hagstrom's tweet (according to the timelines), so I'm guessing a shout-out tomorrow?

Evan's picture

Let's hope.

Spiderpack's picture

Who the fuck is Justin Hagstrom and why does anybody care?

Just kidding Justin.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Hmmm. Chuck was a good backup, nothing more. The good thing about this is we're guaranteed he's not starting! So, a young fellow will be counted on. And that's fine, I can live with some youth growing pains, I couldn't live with another season of Peprah pains.


Nononsense's picture

Sean Richardson's chances of making the team just went up tenfold.

Nerdmann's picture

MD Jennings is very assignment sure. I remember him from the preseason last year.

McMillian's got way more physical skills, but he's gotta get up to speed on the pro game.

I like our guys.

Mr. Bacon's picture

Ted probably saw enough to see fit for Charlie to not really have anymore upside, and for the other young players to fight over a spot in training camp.

It allows Charlie a chance to find a team before the start of pre-season football, also to take away his playbook before he might go to a rival or a team the Packers play this year.

It also gives the young players experience in the 1st and 2nd lines. They are probably worse than Charlie right now, but they have a upside greater than Charlie I would think, and what I think Ted was thinking.

Better to cut him now, and then have to debate if you want to cut him sometime before the season.

fryinginphx's picture

Cut them a year early, isn't that what they say?

packsmack25's picture

Yes! Too bad they didn't do this last year. Good riddance.

Blake's picture

Never like to see a guy let go. I appreciate Charlie's services over the years and wish him luck in continuing his career.

Rocky70's picture

Jim Leonard anyone ???

packeraaron's picture

I have it on very good authority that that's not happening until they see what they have in camp and a couple preseason games. Of course, by then he may be off the market. There is, of course, the issue of the major knee surgery he had last year and the fact that he finished the last two years on IR...

BubbaOne's picture

Some view the patella tendon tear which Leonard sustained as a worse injury than the ACL. They don't expect him ready til Oct/Nov.

Rocky70's picture
FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

My sources concur with Naglers' sources.

madden07's picture

Jim hates the pack, they told him they were going to draft him and drafted a different safety that year

Evan's picture

Boo hoo.

If the Packers offer him a contract, he'd take it.

PackersRS's picture

Doubt he hates money.

madden07's picture

Its all about those valuable reps when you're dealing with young guys. Don't waste them on a vet with a low ceiling.

PresidentRaygun's picture

After reading Peprah's comments to the fans and media after he was cut, I really hope he lands somewhere else and succeeds. Great guy.

Jake's picture

Agreed. He's absolutely a great guy, and he contributed a ton during the Super Bowl year. That being said, his physical abilities are just limited, so it's not the worst thing to go with a young safety with more upside. Still, wish him the best, I'm SURE someone will pick him up.

bryce's picture

Peprah had a rough year last year but...I feel really shaky with a guy back there with zero starts.

woodson4president's picture

U know we love the long haired dbs! Lets go MAC!!!!

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