Underwood has been a free agent since being released among the Packers' final cuts, with the team electing to go with undrafted rookie M.D. Jennings instead. Underwood spent his first two seasons in the NFL at cornerback before moving to safety for camp. A minor knee injury that kept him out for a portion of camp didn't help him make the transition or impress the coaches.
The Packers explored re-signing Underwood after Nick Collins' season-ending injury but were worried about the forthcoming suspension. While we originally reported that the suspension would begin when/if Underwood signs with a team, a league spokesman said the suspension begins with this week's games, meaning Underwood is eligible to play in Week 6.
Underwood dealt with a domestic violence accusation from his wife on the night of the Packers' Super Bowl ring ceremony. In March, he pleaded no-contest to one count of prostitution nonmarital sexual intercourse following an incident near Wisconsin Dells last summer.
Underwood played in 23 games in two seasons, mostly on special teams.
"An athletic guy that can cover a lot of ground," was defensive coordinator Dom Capers' scouting report heading into the last preseason game. "I think he'll get the football. He's been a good special-teams player. I think he's one of those athletic safeties that if you have to walk him down and cover an inside receiver, sometimes that gives you flexibility of not having to substitute. If you can play your 3-4 personnel and not have to put another DB out there, if your safety can go down and cover a receiver, that's a real plus for you."
Underwood is a former Packers sixth-round draft pick from the University of Cincinnati.
He was an All-Big East Conference selection at Cincinnati after transferring from Ohio State, where he had lost his academic eligibility. Underwood paid his own way at Cincinnati until earning a scholarship. He intercepted four passes as a senior. He was released by Green Bay on Sept. 3.
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