Arth Signs With Green Bay
After a period of uncertainty about his NFL future, former Colts quarterback Tom Arth was offered a 2-year contract today by the Green Pay Packers.
Arth, who spent last season on the Colts practice squad, flew to Green Bay on Monday for a tryout. It didn't take the Packers long to see his maturity and talent, despite the fact that Arth hadn't yet made the Colts' 53-man roster. They knew that Indianapolis only kept two quarterbacks on their main roster and that Arth's opportunities had been severely limited.
According to one network source, Arth was also drawing some interest from Cleveland and would have been heading there next for a tryout if the Packers hadn't offered him a deal.
Arth joins an odd mix of quarterbacks in Green Bay, which should work to his advantage. Fifteen-year veteran Brett Favre still appears to be undecided about returning for another season. Behind him are two young, inexperienced quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers, the Packers' first-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, didn't have a very good preseason last year. By the end of August, he had failed to help his team put any points on the scoreboard during his first 15 offensive drives. There was even speculation in the Green Bay media by December that Rodgers could be tabbed for NFL Europe duty. But the team sent former Seahawks QB Brian Wrobel instead.
Arth could certainly put up a challenge to Rodgers this year in camp. He has been studying under Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, breaking down film for him prior to making the practice squad this season. In Indianapolis, that practice squad spot is their third-string quarterback. A smart and athletic signal-caller, he's sure to raise some eyebrows during this year's training camp.
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