Roman sent packing

On the eve of the start of training camp, the Green Bay Packers pulled the plug on safety Mark Roman while signing two more draft picks - guard Daryn Colledge and quarterback Ingle Martin - to contracts.

Roman is coming off his most productive season as a pro, but the Packers felt he was not consistent at making big plays and signed unrestricted free agent Marquand Manuel in March. By releasing Roman, the Packers will clear about $800,000 from their salary cap.

Roman, entering his seventh season, started all 16 games for the second time in his career and was second on the team with 105 tackles last year. He also had two interceptions, eight passes defensed and two fumble recoveries – all career highs. But he gave up some big plays and fell out of favor with general manager Ted Thompson.

Roman had signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent from Cincinnati prior to the 2004 season.

With Roman gone, the door will open a little wider for the two reserves spots behind Manuel and Nick Collins. Marviel Underwood is the top reserve, according to the team's depth chart. Others challenging for a roster spot include sixth-round pick Tyrone Culver, and free agents Tra Boger and Atari Bigby.

Colledge, a native of North Pole, Alaska, was the Packers' first of two selections in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He will begin training camp as the starter at left guard, where he was inserted soon after he was picked 47th overall and the sixth offensive lineman chosen by Green Bay.

Colledge helped Boise State to a 45-7 record from 2002-05. During Colledge's career, the Broncos were 31-1 in the Western Athletic Conference en route to four straight conference championships. Along the way, he set the school records for consecutive games played and started (both 52).

Martin was Green Bay's first of two choices in the fifth round (148th overall, eighth quarterback). He set career records at Furman for passing yards (5,751), passing touchdowns (42) and total offense (6,277) despite playing only two seasons. Martin had transferred to Furman in 2004 after spending his redshirt year plus two seasons at Florida, where he was recruited by Steve Spurrier. With the Gators, he served as backup to Rex Grossman as a freshman, then started at QB for four games as a sophomore before new coach Ron Zook replaced him with freshman Chris Leak.

First-round pick A.J. Hawk and third-round pick Abdul Hodge remain the only unsigned draft picks. Coach Mike McCarthy today said that he is confident Hawk will be in camp before the first practice Friday evening.

"I anticipate him being there," McCarthy said this afternoon. "From everything I've been told up to this point, it's been positive. I know both sides are working at trying to get a deal done. As you know, deals can be done in five minutes and they can be done in five months. We feel very positive with the way things are going and hopeful that it will be resolved by tomorrow."

Colledge and Martin join defensive end Dave Tollefson (June 23), defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (July 7), safety Tyrone Culver (July 11), cornerback Will Blackmon (July 14), tackle/guard Tony Moll (July 18), wide receiver Greg Jennings (Monday), wide receiver/kick returner Cory Rodgers (Tuesday) and guard/center Jason Spitz (Wednesday) among the 10 draft choices who have signed contracts.

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