Though the NFL draft should alter the makeup of the Green Bay Packers' defensive line, one of the team's contributors from 2016 has signed on for another year. According to the NFL's official transaction wire, Christian Ringo has signed his exclusive-rights tender, bringing him back into the fold.
A sixth-round pick in 2015, Ringo spent his entire rookie campaign on Green Bay's practice squad. The following year, the defensive tackle successfully secured a spot on the Week 1 53-man roster, ultimately appearing in eight regular-season games. Ringo could see his role expand in the coming months as the Packers currently have only four other defensive linemen with any meaningful experience under contract.
While Ringo has yet to entrench himself as a regular on the defense, he might already have a signature moment. During the Packers' Week 14 tilt with the Seattle Seahawks, he entered the field of play late, inadvertently creating a delayed blitz and forcing Russell Wilson to throw the ball earlier than expected.
Ringo's "delayed blitz" almost sacked Wilson with the left guard https://t.co/rYFfC8Tks6— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) December 12, 2016
Since entering the league, Ringo has registered two tackles and a forced fumble. He turned 25 in March.