Packers Add a Colt, Release a Colt

During the offseason the Green Bay Packers added former Colts kicker Dave Rayner, and they reportedly brought in former Indy offensive lineman Adam Meadows for a tryout. But this week, they also released one former Colt and added another.

The Packers made two roster moves this week that impacted former Colts.

Early in the week, former Colts quarterback Tom Arth learned that he wasn't going to be in the mix for the final roster with the Packers and was released.

It was an odd move by the Packers, who prior to the NFL Draft swooped in to bring Arth to Green Bay for a tryout and signed him immediately. Arth had been scheduled for a tryout with the Browns towards the end of that week, but the Packers moved aggressively to get their visit in first.

Arth was expected to make a run at the backup spot behind veteran Brett Favre. There was some uncertainty as to whether or not last year's top draft pick, Aaron Rodgers out of California, was making enough progress.

But then the draft rolled around and the Packers surprisingly chose to add another quarterback to the mix -- Ingle Martin out of Furman in the fifth round. The Packers have a track record of being reluctant to give up on draft picks during their first season, so it started to become apparent that Arth would have an uphill battle with an unlikely happy ending at the end of camp. Based on information I received from a source close to the situation, his agent spoke with Packers GM Ted Thompson and they agreed a release would be the best option for Arth so he could pursue other opportunities before camps were too far underway.

A few days later, the Packers added former Colt Tupe Peko ('02-'04) to the roster. Peko, who was claimed off of waivers by the Panthers in 2005, was released after trying to work through a knee injury during training camp. He played Arena Football to stay in condition, and was signed briefly by the Houston Texans earlier this year.


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