Just before they took the field for practice on Thursday to close out their mandatory minicamp, the Green Bay Packers announced a few roster transactions.
The first move we'll address was the release of cornerback Travis Manning. The undrafted rookie from Northwest Missouri State spent just under a month on the roster, as he was signed on May 21st. Though his release took the Packers down to 88 players on the roster, they just added a single new player to take them up to 89.
That player is tight end Harold Spears, also an undrafted free agent. The former New Hampshire Wildcat is listed at 6'4" and 248 pounds, and reportedly ran a 4.75-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day this spring (as reported by NFL Draft Scout). Spears had signed with the New Orleans Saints immediately following the 2015 NFL Draft, but was released six days ago.
He joins a Packers tight end group consisting of Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers, and Justin Perillo, plus fellow rookies Kennard Backman and Mitchell Henry.