The Green Bay Packers' rookie minicamp is behind us, and for almost all of the players who participated in practices on a tryout basis, the weekend has passed by without a contract.
One player, however, is staying in Wisconsin with a contract. That player is offensive lineman Andy Phillips, from Central Michigan, as he tweeted his excitement on Sunday:
After a great rookie camp in Green Bay, I am pleased to announce I am officially a Packer! https://t.co/su3MiIlkI1— Andy Phillips (@aphil66) May 10, 2015
Phillips has experience both at guard and center in college; he started at left guard for all of CMU's 38 games over the past three years, as well as starting the final five games of his freshman season at center. He was a two-time captain and two-time All-MAC team member, earning first-team honors in 2014 and second-team as a junior in 2013.
He will join an interior offensive line group that includes starters Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, and Corey Linsley; veteran backups Don Barclay, JC Tretter, and Lane Taylor; and fellow undrafted rookies Matt Rotheram and Marcus Reed.
With this signing and the seventeen undrafted free agents added to the roster, the Packers now sit with 89 players under contract. Starting May 12th, signing unrestricted free agents to contracts will no longer count against compensatory picks for the 2016 draft, so it is feasible that Ted Thompson may add a veteran player later this week.
UPDATE: Bill Huber of Packer Report reported this morning that the Packers are going to release defensive lineman Luther Robinson, which would bring the roster down to 88 players and leave two spots open instead of just one.