The Green Bay Packers re-signed outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott, with the team’s special-teams leader getting a one-year deal worth $1.6 million.
Elliott’s third season in the league was a disappointment, due in part to a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first two games of the regular season. The Packers didn’t give Elliott a restricted free-agent tender, which made him an unrestricted free agent. Elliott visited Buffalo on Sunday and Pittsburgh on Monday.
If the Packers would have tendered Elliott, it would have cost them $1.797 million.
Elliott wound up missing seven games in 2016, including the last two of the regular season and the first two of the playoffs with a broken hand. In 11 regular-season games, he registered only 13 tackles and one sack. However, he made the most of his 136 snaps. His 10.46 snaps per tackle ranked second among the team’s outside linebackers. He had 3.5 stuffs, which is a tackle at or behind the line of scrimmage vs. the run. That’s more than Clay Matthews (2.5), Datone Jones (2.0) and Julius Peppers (1.0). The team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee had a team-high 13 tackles on special teams.
In 2015, Elliott had 31 tackles, three sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. He flashed his explosiveness in Weeks 2 through 4, with an interception and forced fumble vs. Seattle, a sack vs. Kansas City and a sack vs. San Francisco.
Thus far in free agency, the Packers re-signed one outside linebacker (Nick Perry) and lost one outside linebacker (Peppers). Another, Jones, visited Minnesota on Monday.
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