Packers sign fullback Johnson

With Quinn Johnson under wraps, only first-rounders B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews III remain unsigned. Meanwhile, tight end Carson Butler is released.

With the signing of fullback Quinn Johnson, the Packers are down to their first-round picks.

Johnson, the first of the Packers' fifth-round selections and the 145th overall draft choice, signed on Tuesday, the team announced. He likely received a four-year contract, just like the other five draft picks who have signed.

Terms were not disclosed, but Johnson's deal figures to be worth $1.9423 million with a $192,275 signing bonus. That would put him square in the middle of Jacksonville receiver Jarett Dillard, pick No. 144 overall, and San Francisco linebacker Scott McKillop, pick No. 146.

To make room on the roster, the Packers released undrafted tight end Carson Butler.

Johnson (6-foot-1, 255 pounds) will enter training camp as the third-string fullback but he's expected to mount a strong competition for the starting job with incumbents Korey Hall and John Kuhn.

With Johnson wrapped up, six of the Packers' eight draft picks have been signed. The only two remaining are B.J. Raji (No. 9 overall) and Clay Matthews III (No. 26). Only two of the 32 first-round picks have signed, quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (Detroit, No. 1) and Mark Sanchez (New York Jets, No. 5).


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