The Christine Michael experiment ended as abruptly as it began.
The Green Bay Packers claimed Michael on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks midway through last season after injuries decimated the running back room. Pairing with Ty Montgomery, Michael showed the Packers exactly what he has showed teams at every stop he has made across the NFL: flashes of tantalizing athleticism, massive inconsistency, and a couple of bone-headed mistakes that leave you scratching your head.
However, after Eddie Lacy left for Seattle in free agency, leaving the Packers with just Montgomery and Don Jackson at tailback, the Packers gave Michael a $25,000 signing bonus and a league-minimum base salary to return to Green Bay and compete for a roster spot.
Today, that plan is apparently at an end. Two days after drafting three tailbacks on the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Packers cut Jackson loose this morning and, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, will do the same with Michael.
Michael’s final stat line in Green Bay goes as follows:
6 games; 31 carries, 114 yards (3.7 YPC), 1 touchdown; 2 receptions, 11 yards
The Packers will carry that $25k bonus as dead money against the salary cap this year, a minuscule impact in the context of the league’s salary cap. This move also will take the Packers down to 62 players on the active roster, not including the team’s 10 draft picks and the reported undrafted free agent signings, whose contracts have not yet been finalized.