The team has released linebacker Hannibal Navies and guard Matt O'Dwyer. Both were signed as unrestricted free agents this off-season for the veteran minimum salary, meaning the Packers will not have to count their salaries against this year's salary cap.
Navies, a seventh-year pro, started at outside linebacker the last two seasons for the Packers. He was released early in the off-season and wasn't signed until April. O'Dwyer, an 11th-year NFL veteran, received a $25,000 signing bonus (guaranteed money) as part of a one-year contract, but he was beat out by rookie seventh-round draft pick Will Whitticker for the starting spot at right guard. O'Dwyer did not play in Friday's 27-3 loss to the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field.
Other players who were released in the first wave of cuts included wide receiver Vince Butler, cornerback Patrick Dendy, linebacker Jeremiah Garrison, guard/tackle Atlas Herrion, tight end Tory Humphrey, running back Derrick Johnese, defensive tackle A.J. Lindsay, wide receiver Chad Lucas and defensive tackle Quintene Newhouse.
Herrion's release was somewhat of a surprise. He had been practicing with the first- and second-team offenses in the June minicamp and part of training camp. But he fell behind Whitticker as training camp progressed. Herrion spent all of last season on the Packers practice squad.
Butler, Dendy, Garrison, Humphrey, Johnese, Lindsay, Lucas and Newhouse all had joined the Packers this past off-season.
The Packers have until Tuesday to reduced their roster to 65 players, plus NFL Europe exemptions.