According to a tweet from the player himself, the Green Bay Packers have re-signed the first of their free agent players for the 2014 season. That player is safety Chris Banjo, who just completed his rookie season and was an exclusive-rights free agent. Here's his announcement on Twitter:
Don't know of a better way of spending my bday than in GB with 0 degree weather signing for next year #blessed #GoPackGo!!— Chris Banjo (@Chris1Banjo) February 26, 2014
Though the signing has not come down on the NFL's transaction wire yet, the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty confirmed it with Banjo's agent and speculates that the contract will pay Banjo the league minimum salary for a second-year player.
Banjo played in all 17 games in 2013 (including the playoffs) with one start, and he was used mostly as a special teams player, seeing the field only sparingly on defense. In fact, he played ten or more snaps in only eight games all season.
Pro Football Focus credited Banjo with nine special teams tackles, which was second on the team to Davon House, who had 12. He also was credited with 11 tackles on defense (including two assists), but five missed tackles. Overall, Banjo allowed only one completion on three pass attempts into his coverage, and he defended two passes.
He will look to make the team in 2014 again as a special teams player and a rotational safety as the Packers will try to bolster the position through free agency or the NFL Draft.