McCray signs, has histor y of injuries
OLB could help on special teams
Green Bay — General manager Ted Thompson snagged another free agent.
The Green Bay Packers signed former Broncos outside linebacker Lerentee
McCray, a league source confirmed to the Journal Sentinel. McCray, a fourth-year player, shared the news on his Twitter account as well: “What’s up #PackerNation!!!” he wrote.
McCray, who is 6 foot 2 and weighs 246 pounds, spent the first three seasons of his career in Denver and contributed primarily on special teams. The Broncos did not offer McCray a restricted free-agent tender, the lowest of which is $1.671 million, and he was free to sign with any team in the league.
Because McCray was effectively released by the Broncos, he does not count toward the compensatory draft pick formula for next season. Like tight end Jared Cook, he classifies as a “street” free agent.
McCray originally signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Florida, where he played in 42 games (17 starts). As a senior in 2012, McCray recorded 25 tackles, three sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.
Coming out of college, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and had 33 3⁄ 8- inch arms and 10-inch hands.
After missing all of his rookie season with an ankle injury, McCray settled in as a reserve outside linebacker. He played 118 defensive snaps (10.8%) and 200 special teams snaps in 2014, appearing in 13 games, and the ratio was similar in 2015 when he earned 121 defensive snaps (11.2%) and 234 snaps on special teams in 11 games.
McCray did not play from scrimmage in the Super Bowl victory for the Broncos but logged a team-high 28 snaps on special teams.
McCray has battled injuries throughout his career and never appeared in more than 13 games in a season for the Broncos, which prevented him from ever competing for serious playing time as an athletic pass rusher.
McCray appeared in 24 regular-season games and four postseason games. He recorded 21 tackles, 11⁄ sacks and one 2 forced fumble over the course of two years. Barclay in the fold: The Packers signed unrestricted free agent Don Barclay on Monday.
The veteran tackle / guard played in all 16 games last season, starting four contests at right tackle and one at left tackle and appeared in both postseason games. He originally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia on May 7, 2012.
He has played in 46 career games, with 23 starts, in his
four years with Green Bay while also starting three of five postseason contests.
Time shift: A slight adjustment was made to the Packers’ exhibition schedule. The game against the San Francisco 49ers, which was originally scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. will now begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Rodgers, Daniels excited to
be back: Veteran leaders of the Packers took their turn in front of the media Monday to mark the beginning of the offseason workout program. First came defensive end
Mike Daniels, who spoke passionately about how angry he gets when people tell him the 2015 season was lost by the defense, which watched the Arizona Cardinals reach the end zone in overtime to officially turn out the lights. Next came quarterback Aa
ron Rodgers, who played golf with President Barack Obama this summer, and likened Monday’s session with his teammates to the excitement on the first day of school.
Here is a look at some of the more interesting comments:
On Eddie Lacy’s conditioning efforts
Daniels: “I think Eddie looks good, man. We’ll see when the pads come on and everything, but I do think he’s a guy who rises to the occasion. He comes from a great program where they do things the right way. He came under a lot of fire, so I think he’s a guy that he got put on the spot and he responded.”
Rodgers: “He looked like Eddie, man. He looked good. Obviously been doing a lot of P90X.”
On Rodgers’ off-season knee surgery
Rodgers: “I’m feeling great. Dr. (Patrick) McKenzie did a great job with my surgery, worked hard with the rehab in the off-season and I’m feeling really good right now.”
On B.J. Raji’s hiatus from football
Daniels: “When I got the news, I gave him some space and I contacted him, just told him, ‘Hey, man, it was an honor to play with you.’ I watched the guy get drafted and seeing him get drafted really gave me hope because he was a shorter guy as well. It was awesome to get a chance to play with him, and I just made sure I let him know that. My line is always open if he wants to talk or anything like that. That’s the relationship we have. But, no, I didn’t know anything about his decision prior to.”
Rodgers: “I was surprised. But I applaud him with his decision. He’s always been a guy who’s cared about the right things, has priorities in the right places. He was a great locker-room guy for us, and he obviously has to take care of some stuff off the field and maybe down the road we’ll see him back here.”
On the 2016 schedule
Daniels: “I contacted the film guys and got every single team’s film on my iPad so I can start studying the opponents right now and get to know these guys before I play them. Favorable matchups? They’re all favorable matchups. It’s all good games. I’m looking forward to it.”
Rodgers: “I like our schedule; I love our fans, man. We’ve got great fans; I look forward to those road trips. You know, it’s different this year. We have the preseason game in San Francisco, but other than that I don’t think we come west of probably the Vikings. It’ll be a little different travel, some closer games but we’ve got great fans that often make those stadiums feel like home games. So we look forward to seeing our fans on the road and at home.”
On new tight end Jared Cook
Rodgers: “It was fun to get to talk to him a little bit on the phone before he made it official, and then this morning. I think he’s really excited about the opportunity and we’re excited to have him. It’s a good tight-end crew. They’ve got a new coach, so it’ll be fun to see the integration between the players and the new staff.”
Offensive lineman Don Barclay re-signed with the Packers on Monday. He played in 16 games last year.