Heading into the weekend, the Green Bay Packers’ roster sat at 90 players. With teams required to cut down to 80 by August 16th under the modified provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and players union, that means ten players will be getting their talking papers in the next three-plus weeks.
On Sunday, the Packers made the first cut to their roster, letting go of a player who seemingly spent no time in the facility. According to the NFL’s transaction report, the team waived defensive tackle Gerald Willis on Sunday, bringing their roster down to 89.
Willis was one of two Miami Dolphins castoffs whom the Packers claimed via waivers shortly before the 2020 NFL Draft, along with edge rusher Jamal Davis. After spending training camp with the Baltimore Ravens last year and playing against the Packers in the preseason, Willis suited up for the Dolphins in two 2019 games, lining up for 19 snaps and recording a pair of tackles and a quarterback pressure.
Interestingly, Willis and Davis have not appeared on the Packers’ official roster on the team website, and the team never formally announced their acquisition. This was likely due to the team being unable to bring them into Green Bay to conduct physical exams and complete the acquisition process.