It was all but a sure thing, but now it’s official. Safety Kentrell Brice will not be returning to the Green Bay Packers for the 2019 season.
Brice, who spent the past three years in Green Bay after signing as an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech, is headed to Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they signed Brice to a one-year contract on Monday afternoon.
With an expiring contract and three years of NFL experience under his belt, Brice was eligible for restricted free agency this offseason. However, the Packers elected not to offer him a tender to retain his rights as an RFA, which made him a street free agent and fully unrestricted when the new league year began last Wednesday. With no tender forthcoming, it was clear that Brice’s future in the NFL lied elsewhere.
In 36 regular-season games over his three years, Brice made 14 starts, ten coming in 2018. He totaled 91 tackles with one sack, one interception, one fumble recovery, and six pass breakups. However, after some promising special-teams and reserve contributions in his first two seasons, he struggled when moving into the starting lineup this past season.
This signing means that both of the Packers’ week-one starting safeties from 2018 are now gone, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was traded to Washington during the season. For now, the Packers have only three members of last year’s safety group under contract for 2019: Josh Jones, Tramon Williams, and Raven Greene. However, the team did land one of the more sought-after free agent safeties last week in Adrian Amos, formerly of the Chicago Bears.