The Green Bay Packers made a few roster moves on Tuesday with some a bit surprising. The team announced that they have released cornerback Ladarius Gunter and defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois. Wide receiver Geronimo Allison replaces Gunter on the roster after serving a one-game suspension.
Gunter slowly moved his way down the depth chart during the offseason as the Packers added more depth to the cornerback position. Last season, Gunter started 15 games, finishing with 54 tackles, 12 passes defended, and two forced fumbles. During the playoffs, he was the top cornerback on the team, facing some of the best wide receivers in the league including Odell Beckham Jr., Dez Bryant, and Julio Jones. Unfortunately, with five cornerbacks slated in front of him to start 2017, Gunter played only two snaps in the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jean-Francois signed with the Packers in the offseason after two seasons in Washington. He only played six snaps on Sunday and didn’t not record a single tackle. While he started seven games for the Redskins last season, his veteran presence wasn’t enough to keep him on the team. The Packers will likely look at rookie third-round pick Montravius Adams to play in Jean-Francois’ place.