A few hundred fans greeted the Green Bay Packers today as they team held its first “Open to the Public” OTA workout on Ray Nitschke Field,
and it was a busy day both on and off the field.
Packers rookie first-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has reportedly agreed to a contract with the team. While financial terms weren’t available, it’s likely a four-year deal and could include a club optional fifth year.
Clinton-Dix was taken with the 21st pick in the first round. Last year’s 21st pick, Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert, sighed a four-year deal worth $8.256 million and received a signing bonus worth $4.38 million.
While Jermichael Finley’s locker inside the Green Bay lockerroom still has his name plate above, Finley is an unrestricted free agent and after more tests, has been cleared for football activities.
Finley’s agent, Blake Baratz told ProFootballTalk.com that Finley has a team visit lined up for Friday, but declined to unveil that team.
The clearance came from Pittsburgh-based surgeon (Dr. Maroon), who operated on Finley. The tight end will still need to receive clearance from a team doctor before he’s able to sign.
Mike McCarthy was asked about Finley today. He said, “I don’t have medical updates. He was in town but I did not personally see him. Did not have conversations with him. Was told he’s in great shape.”
Fans got their first look at free agent signee Julius Peppers who wears #56 on the field. Peppers worked with the outside linebackers and will likely lineup opposite of Clay Matthews in many of the defensive sets this season. But that didn’t happen today. Matthews was a spectator during workouts today as he continues to rehab his thumb injury from last season.
Second year defensive back Micah Hyde took his reps today at safety and could push for some playing time there this season. Asked about Hyde, Mike McCarthy said, “I look at Micah Hyde. I think he’s definitely a young man who could be a four-downer. Made an impact on special teams. A natural corner. We’ll give him an opportunity to be on the field in all three downs.”