On Thursday night, coach Mike McCarthy said that the Packers were trying to trade the injury-prone wide receiver, but there were no takers. Instead, the Packers placed Ferguson, in his seventh season, on waivers, and cleared more room under their salary cap. Ferguson was due to count $1.7 million against the team's salary cap this season.
"We thank Robert for everything he has given to the Packers," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said. "In addition to his contributions on the playing field, Robert has been a positive influence in our locker room and a good teammate. As with any veteran player who has been here, we wanted to make this move early because this gives him the best chance to catch on with another organization in the NFL."
The Packers' second-round pick in the 2001 NFL draft, Ferguson played in 60 games for Green Bay over the past six seasons, catching 116 passes for 1,577 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Some reports have indicated that the Houston Texans have shown interest in Ferguson. Former Packers coach Mike Sherman is offensive coordinator for the Texans.