Apparently the Packers are indeed signing free agents - just not the ones that you might expect. This tweet just came over the wire, and was brought to us by our friends over at the SB Nation New York Giants blog, Big Blue View:
Couldn't be happier to say that I'm a Green Bay Packer. Just made it official and I can't wait to continue working.— Kyle Sebetic (@K_Sebby24) March 25, 2015
Who is Kyle Sebetic, you're asking?
Sebetic is a 6-foot, 197-pound safety who was a rookie in 2014 and spent most of training camp with the New York Giants. He was cut late in camp, but came back to spend a week on the Giants' practice squad in November before being released. Sebetic worked out at the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine over the weekend, and apparently Ted Thompson saw enough promise in him to offer him a spot on the 90-man roster.
Playing his college football at the University of Dayton, Sebetic was a starter at cornerback for all four years, recording five interceptions, 18 pass breakups, and a forced fumble in that time. He also has a Wisconsin connection - his Dayton bio lists his hometown as Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, and he played high school football at Kenosha Tremper.
Though he had limited opportunities with the Giants, Sebetic's Pro Day in 2014 (at the University of Toledo) showed some intriguing numbers. He ran a 4.51 40-yard dash with a 36.5-inch vertical and a 6.69 3-cone time (numbers from NFL Draft Scout). His 3-cone time is better than all but one defensive back who worked out at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.
The Packers officially announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after Sebetic's tweets.
Welcome back to Wisconsin, Kyle!