The Green Bay Packers made an interesting decision on Tuesday, ending their two-day cutoff period with an 84-man roster spot. The team’s roster had to be reduced to less than 85 players on Tuesday, marking the first time in 2022 that a 90-man roster will be required to be cut by the NFL. Finally, RB BJ Baylor, TE Dominique Dafney, OL George Moore, OL Cole Schneider, OLB Randy Ramsey, ILB Ellis Brooks and CB Donte Vaughn were released and TE Nate Baker was signed off waivers.
According to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated, the reason the Packers need that extra roster spot is to sign DeVante Cross, one of four defensive backs who committed to the team on Tuesday, according to the Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson. Cross, a safety, signed Marcus Murphy, Kendall Karz and Josh Saunders, who were in Green Bay today.
Green Bay’s safety position gets a little bleak when you scratch above a floor that has starters in Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage. Vernon Scott is currently the team’s third safety, a role that Sean Davis has handled for most of the season. Dahlin Levitt looks like a special teams ace, a role Tariq Carpenter — a seventh-round pick — should have filled.
Unfortunately, Savage (dam strong), Levitt (shoulder), Carpenter (knee) and Innis Gaines (dam strong) are out with injuries. That leaves Amos, Scott, Davis and recently signed Micah Abernathy on the team’s depth chart before Cross joins the team. Abernathy was dealt and signed by the Packers last week along with Dexter Williams and kicker Ramiz Ahmed.
Cross has not worked out for teams in the 2022 season while recovering from a knee injury that ended his senior season in November. After going undrafted, the former quarterback signed with the Washington Chiefs, who released him in May. Cross, who played quarterback, receiver, cornerback, safety and return at the University of Virginia, started 33 games at defensive back for the Cavaliers from 2019 to 2021. He totaled 130 tackles, six TFLs, six interceptions and 15 pass breakups in college.