The Green Bay Packers have made a free-agent signing! Don't get used to this news, and don't go thinking that they have signed one of the big-name players who has been recently released for salary cap purposes.
No, the team has signed a young player who, though he has been on a few NFL rosters, has not been active for a regular-season game. That player is tight end Raymond Webber, as the team announced this afternoon:
Like Brandon Bostick, Webber played wide receiver on the collegiate level and is apparently trying to transition to tight end. According to the Washington Post's database, Webber had some pretty ridiculous numbers during his senior season in 2010, when he caught 101 passes for 1,429 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Pine Bluff Golden Lions, an FCS team. That season included a pair of back-to-back games in which Webber caught 11 passes for over 160 yards and three touchdowns in each. He also had a nine-catch, 243-yard day against Grambling State later that season.
What, if anything, Webber can bring to the table as a blocker remains to be seen. Any strengths he has will certainly be as an athlete and a receiver. Before the 2011 draft, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds at his Pro Day, when he measured in at 6'2" and 218 pounds. Now the Packers list him at 6'2" and 237.
Webber has spent a grand total of 176 days on NFL rosters, all during the 2011 training camp (with the Buccaneers) and 2012 offseason (with the Bucs, Seahawks, and Jets). In 2013, he spent some time with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL during their training camp but was released before camp finished.
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