The Green Bay Packers are wheeling and dealing this Sunday afternoon, on the day after final cuts. After seeing two players lost to waiver claims and making a claim of their own — edge rusher Chris Odom from the Atlanta Falcons — the Packers have made another surprise move.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Packers are trading Jayrone Elliott to the Dallas Cowboys.
Elliott has been in and out of the lineup over the past two weeks with back spasms, and has never quite broken out as a pass-rusher on defense. He has, however, been a key component of the Packers’ special teams over his three years with the team, and has flashed occasionally during his limited playing time on defense.
Elliott was a restricted free agent this offseason, but was not tendered. However, he returned to the Packers on a one-year contract this season worth just over $1.5 million with a $350,000 signing bonus. The Packers will carry that bonus on their salary cap as dead money this season.
The Packers are reportedly going to receive a conditional seventh-round draft pick in next year’s draft in exchange for Elliott.