Packers seek new punter

Sander ranked near bottom of the NFL last year

The Green Bay Packers are not content with B.J. Sander, and plan to try out a handful of candidates this off-season to improve the team's woeful punting game.

The Packers recently signed free agent Ryan Dutton to a two-year contract. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound Dutton, like Sander, kicks left-footed. He kicked in the preseason with Cleveland and Seattle the last two years. Dutton, 28, is a product of the Green Bay area from Oshkosh West High School and played collegiately at Minnesota State Mankato.

The Packers also recently worked out Canadian Football League standout Jon Ryan. He was reportedly offered a $10,000 signing bonus to join the team but wanted to first go through tryouts with other teams. The 6-foot, 192-pound Ryan led the CFL last season with a league-record gross average of 50.2 yards and a net average of 42.3 while playing for Winnipeg.

Sander ranked 30th and 31st in the NFL with respective averages of 39.2 gross yards and 33.9 net yards. A deep knee bruise kept him out of the last two games. Bartender Ryan Flinn out of Central Florida filled in. Flinn remains on the roster.


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