The Washington Redskins announced on Monday afternoon that they have released defensive end Jason Taylor, while the Miami Dolphins released former Packers defensive end Vonnie Holliday.
Of the two, Holliday makes the most sense in Green Bay, since he played 3-4 defensive end under Dom Capers in Miami in 2006 and 2007. Last season, he started 15 of 16 games, with 46 tackles (30 solo) and 3.5 sacks. He 2006, Holliday had one of the most productive seasons of his career with 66 tackles (46 solo) and seven sacks. That sack total was one short of his career-high eight set during his rookie year of 1999.
Holliday, 33, is 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, and would be a decent stop-gap solution at defensive end.
Contacted shortly after the news went public, Holliday's agent said he had not been contacted yet by the Packers, but said Holliday "enjoyed" his five seasons in Green Bay.
Holliday was scheduled to receive a $1.5 million roster bonus on Tuesday and was due a workout bonus later this offseason, according to our Scout.com site in Miami. He also served as a good mentor to the younger players.
Taylor totaled 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks while playing in 13 games (eight starts) in his lone season in Washington. The 34-year-old, who has 120.5 career sacks, played last season at 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds.
"Jason Taylor was a real professional during his time with the Redskins," coach Jim Zorn said in a news released. "He played hurt but still gave his best effort to be prepared and play hard every week."
The Packers were interested in Taylor last year, but Washington obtained him for a second-round pick in the upcoming draft and a sixth-round pick in 2010.
Montgomery, Kuhn have visits Meanwhile, Packers defensive end Michael Montgomery will meet with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, according to our people in Atlanta. Montgomery, at 6-foot-5 and 273 pounds, is perhaps the one player on the Packers impacted most by the change in defenses. The prior defensive regime liked how Montgomery played in place of Cullen Jenkins last season, but Montgomery is a man without a position in a 3-4 because he's not big enough to play end but not athletic enough to play linebacker.
Also, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported earlier that restricted free agent fullback John Kuhn is meeting with the Arizona Cardinals, who perhaps are looking for insurance in case punishing Terrelle Smith, who turns 31 this month, signs elsewhere. He has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in six of his nine seasons.