After three long days, the 2022 NFL Draft is finally coming to a close. However, the rookie player acquisition phase is far from over. Now the undrafted free agency phase begins, as teams will jockey for the ability to sign many of the draft-eligible players who did not hear their names called as one of the 262 drafted players this weekend.
The Green Bay Packers have historically been very active in undrafted free agency and have a track record of developing undrafted players into key contributors. One recent example is offensive tackle Yosh Nijman, who went undrafted in 2019 and developed into a critical depth piece on the Packers’ line in 2021, when he started eight games at left tackle in relief of the injured David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins.
Over the next several hours into the next few days, the Packers and the other 31 NFL teams will attempt to fill up the empty spaces on their rosters with these undrafted players, who will get to decide where they sign. Teams will offer some players modest signing bonuses to try to convince them and their agents to sign, and reports of these agreements will begin to emerge right away after the draft concludes.
Additionally, some players who do not sign contracts will receive invites to try out on a non-roster basis at teams’ rookie minicamps. Many of these names will also be reported throughout the weekend and into next week.
Keep it here throughout the next few days as we keep you up to date with all of the reports and news of the Packers’ UDFA signings.
Reported UDFA Signings
- Cole Schneider, OL, UCF
- Caleb Jones, OL, Indiana
- Chauncey Manac, EDGE, Louisiana
- Tyler Goodson, RB, Iowa
Glen Logan, DL, LSU(Signed with the Browns for $60k guaranteed)
- Akial Byers, DL, Missouri
- George Moore, OL, Oregon
- Caliph Brice, LB, FAU
- Raleigh Texada, CB, Baylor
Anthony Turner, WR, Grand View(Rookie tryout)
- Hauati Pututau, DL, Utah
- B.J. Baylor, RB, Oregon State
Keke Chism, WR, Missouri(Rookie tryout)
- Ellis Brooks, LB, Penn State
- Tre Sterling, SAF, Oklahoma State
Alex Spillum, SAF, Coastal Carolina(Rookie tryout)
- Danny Davis, WR, Wisconsin
- Jahmir Johnson, OL, Texas A&M
Kana’i Mauga, LB, USC(Signed with Denver Broncos)
According to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, Brooks, Byers, Manac, Mauga and Sterling were given signing bonuses to sign with the team, showing the Packers’ level of interest.
Packers' deals: Ellis Brooks ($8K bonus, Akial Byers ($8K bonus), Chauncey Manac ($8K bonus), Kana'i Mauga ($8K bonus), Tre Sterling ($2.5K bonus) #Packers— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 2, 2022
Per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Packers’ UDFA signings are now official. With these additions, Green Bay’s roster now sits at 90 players. If the Packers sign a player out of the tryout circuit, another will need to be released from the team.
#Packers announce UDFAs. We reported on Saturday all but T Jamir Johnson of Texas A&M and S Tre Sterling of Oklahoma St. pic.twitter.com/42b51Zrvwe— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) May 2, 2022
- Cameron Kaye, LS, Troy
- Kendall Karcz, SAF, St. Norbert
- Will Ulmer, OL, Marshall
- Zafir Kelly, CB, South Carolina State
- Anthony Turner, WR, Grand View
- Max Bortenschlager, QB, FIU
- Alex Spillum, SAF, Coastal Carolina
- Carson Terrell, TE, Utah State
- Ryder Anderson, iDL, Indiana
- Ryan Wisniewski, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater
- Will Spiers, P, Clemson
- Andrew Whitaker, CB, Washington University (St. Louis)
Undrafted Packers Visits
The Packers drafted six players that they brought in on visits, so it’s worth keeping an eye on players who they brought in that didn’t get drafted this week.
Bam Olaseni, OL, Utah(signed with Las Vegas)
Jean Delance, OL, Florida(signed with Chicago)
Jahmir Johnson, OL, Texas A&M(signed with Green Bay)
Kevin Atkins, DL, Fresno State(signed with San Francisco)
Jack Cochrane, LB, South Dakota(signed with Kansas City)
Josh Thompson, CB, Texas(signed with Jacksonville)
Benjie Franklin, CB, Tarleton State(signed with Jacksonville)