EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - OCTOBER 31: Charlie Peprah #26 of the Green Bay Packers keeps Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the New York Jets from catching a pass during the fourth quarter on October 31 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. The Packers defeated the Jets 9 - 0. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Fox Sports has reported that the Green Bay Packers have re-signed SS Charlie Peprah. It's a two-year deal for $2.3 million. When the Packers signed him last April, it was expected he'd compete for a job as a special teams player. Instead, he ended up starting 15 games (including playoffs) and was a solid fill-in.
I had just written an email about Peprah as an unrestricted free agent. They really need him back because only FS Nick Collins and SS Morgan Burnett are under contract. While Burnett could start ahead of Peprah, he might have to be eased into the role as he comes back from an ACL injury. So they couldn't pay Peprah like a starter, but he'd likely be asked to start at least a couple games. And it seemed possible that another team would consider him as a low-cost starter option.
With Peprah re-signed, their top three safeties are returning, and they could re-sign either SS Anthony Smith or SS Atari Bigby for depth. Or they could look for a rookie in the draft. Either way, they appear set at safety in 2011.