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Packers Sign WR Jeff Janis, Release CB James Nixon

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Packers Sign WR Jeff Janis, Release CB James Nixon

The Green Bay Packers signed rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis of Sagninaw Valley State on Wednesday, according to the NFL's transaction wire.

Janis, the team's seventh round draft choice, was the 236th overall player selected.

Even though he has reportedly agreed to terms, fellow rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was not listed on the wire, technically making Janis the first of the Packers' nine draft picks to sign a contract.

Terms of Janis' deal were not disclosed, but he is expected to fall in line with the league's rookie salary slotting system.

According to, Janis is projected to earn $2,271,392 over the course of a four-year deal along with a $51,392 signing bonus.

Janis' cap figures are expected to be $432,848 in 2014; $522,848 in 2015; $612,848 in 2016 and $702,848 in 2017.

The Packers also released cornerback James Nixon on Wednesday, denoting that he had failed a physical.

Nixon was promoted from the practice squad before Week 6 last season and remained on the team's 53-man roster for six weeks, playing in three games, before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Although he played primarily on special teams during the regular season, Nixon appeared to display potential in the preseason thanks to his speed.

After the release of Nixon, the Packers roster is down to 87 of 90 possible players, potentially leaving three roster spots open for tryout players or free agents. The team traditionally signs at least a handful of players trying out at the team's rookie minicamp, which takes place this year starting on Friday and lasts through Sunday.

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