To fill the void, the Packers signed quarterback Mike Reilly, who, as we told you a couple weeks ago, worked out for the Packers back in September. The 6-foot-3 Reilly, an undrafted rookie out of Central Washington, spent the offseason with Pittsburgh. Sources say the Packers were impressed by Reilly and, at the time, thought he might be worth signing if he were still available at the end of the season.
"I felt like I had thrown pretty well," Reilly said. "I felt like the workout was smooth. I had some pretty good timing with the wide receivers, but I knew the situation here. I had to find the perfect situation."
After being released by Pittsburgh, Reilly said he worked out for Buffalo, Seattle and, recently, New Orleans.
At Division II Central Washington Reilly set school records —most of which were held by one of his idols, 12-year NFL quarterback Jon Kitna — for completions (995), pass attempts (1,553), passing yards (12,448), passing touchdowns (118), completion percentage (64.1), quarterback rating (151.32), rushing yards by a quarterback (1,263) and total offensive yards (13,711). He set the NCAA all-divisions record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass with one in all 46 games.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the Packers offered to match the Bills' two-year contract offer and promote him to the active roster — the Packers released receiver Jake Allen on Wednesday morning — but Brohm declined.
So with that, one of the most stunning draft flops in Packers history has come and gone. When Brohm was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft, one selection ahead of Chad Henne, who is starting for the Miami Dolphins. Some insiders believed that he — and not Aaron Rodgers — would be the replacement for Brett Favre.
Instead, Brohm spent his entire rookie season as the Packers' inactive third quarterback and was cut at the end of training camp this past summer. With Rodgers clearly entrenched as the starter and with seventh-rounder Matt Flynn having outplayed Brohm at every turn, Brohm decided a change of scenery was in his best interests.
Brohm, who had a record-setting career at Louisville, never doubted his prospects — not after a record-setting career at Louisville.
"Exactly," Brohm told Packer Report for a practice squad feature in the upcoming magazine. "It took a lot of hard work to get to that point, so I understand that it takes work. Sometimes, you're not always going to get it on the first try. You've got to have perseverance and keep going out there and trying to get better. You can't ever get down on yourself and hang your head. I'm very confident in my abilities. I know I have a strong work ethic. I'll keep pushing, keep trying to get better and just be ready for when that opportunity arises."
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