Few Green Bay Packers draft picks have come with as much local fanfare as the team’s first pick of the fifth round in the 2014 NFL Draft. With the 176th pick, the Packers chose wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, a native of Wautoma, Wisconsin and a former walk-on with the Wisconsin Badgers.
Unfortunately for the local boy, Abbrederis’ career has been marred by injuries. He lost his entire rookie year to a torn ACL, then missed almost all of his second training camp with a severe concussion. On Thursday, two days after being placed on injured reserve with a thigh contusion, the Packers elected to part ways with the third-year player, as the two sides have reportedly come to an agreement on an injury settlement.
Abbrederis played in a total of 14 regular season games and caught ten passes for 119 yards. He added six catches on 16 targets in two playoff games last year, racking up 69 receiving yards. His best games came in the Packers’ playoff loss in Arizona last year, when he caught 4 of 12 targets for 55 yards, and in week 9 against the Lions, when he had four receptions for 57 yards.
Abbrederis may be eligible to return to Green Bay in the future, pending the terms of the injury settlement. However, it appears that the team is ready to move on and allow him an opportunity to find a home elsewhere in the NFL if he can.