It seems that as soon as he arrived in Green Bay to sign with the Packers, safety Ryan McMahon is back looking for work again. The Packers have announced today that they released McMahon and have signed two other free agents.
In McMahon's place comes safety Chris Banjo, who was out of football in 2012 but played collegiate ball at Southern Methodist University. Banjo's best season at SMU was his junior year in 2010, when he recorded 92 combined tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups on his way to being named a second-team all-conference performer. Banjo ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds at his Pro Day in April 2012 and is reported to stand 5'10" and weigh around 206 pounds.
The second Packers signee of the day is wide receiver Omarius Hines, who was just cut by the Baltimore Ravens last week. Hines also ran a 4.50-second 40 at his Pro Day this spring, and he brings some bulk to the position at 6' and 215 pounds. Despite being listed as a tight end in 2012, Hines was an all-purpose weapon for the Florida Gators, with a 2012 stat line of 22 receptions for 248 yards, as well as 20 rushes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Hines certainly will be looked to provide reps at a wide receiver position that has been hit hard by injuries in the early days of training camp, with Charles Johnson, Kevin Dorsey, and Sederrik Cunningham all missing practice time. Simply put, the Packers need a lot of bodies at the position at this point.
The Packers now have 89 players on the roster.
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