When he was drafted with the first pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Green Bay Packers linebacker Vince Biegel was seen as a good depth piece for the Packers’ pass rush who would have a chance to develop under Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. In fact, Biegel’s workout numbers were very similar to Matthews’ from 2009, and although the former Wisconsin Badgers standout was a later pick, there was much optimism for him as a pass-rusher.
After jut one year in the Packers’ organization, however, Biegel is on his way out. The Packers have reportedly released him as part of their final cuts to get to a 53-man roster on Saturday. Biegel missed all of his rookie training camp on the PUP list after foot surgery, then played in nine games. He recorded ten total tackles in that time.
Combined with the reported releases of Kendall Donnerson, Chris Odom, and others, the Packers now have just four outside linebackers on their roster: Matthews, Perry, Reggie Gilbert, and Kyler Fackrell. Expect the team to make some changes to the depth at the position over the remainder of the weekend, however, as reports indicate that they plan to be active either on the waiver wire or the trade market after final cuts come down across the NFL this afternoon.
Biegel does have practice squad eligibility remaining, so it is possible that the Packers may be interested in bringing him back in that capacity if he clears waivers on Sunday.