GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers signed Kurt Benkert on Monday in their latest attempt to add quarterback depth while MVP Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team remains unclear. Green Bay has signed both Benkert and Blake Bortles — the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft and former Jacksonville Jaguars starter — over the past week. Rodgers, who reportedly wants out of Green Bay, and 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love had been the only quarterbacks on the Packers’ roster. The Packers had brought Benkert and Chad Kelly in for tryouts during the team’s rookie minicamp last week. Benkert, who is 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. He spent the 2018 and 2020 seasons on Atlanta’s practice squad and was on injured reserve in 2019. The 25-year-old Benkert has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game. Green Bay is facing an uncertain quarterback situation after ESPN reported hours before the draft that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to the team. Packers CEO Mark Murphy posted a column on the team’s website later that week in which he said “this is an issue that we’ve been working on for several months.” Murphy acknowledged that he, general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur had met with Rodgers “on a number of occasions” during the offseason. Gutekunst has said he doesn't plan to trade Rodgers, who has three years remaining on his contract. “We want him back in the worst way,” LaFleur said Friday. “I know he knows that and, you know, we’ll continue to work at it each and every day.” ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to contract terms with offensive lineman Kyle Murphy, rookie defensive lineman Lorenzo Neal and linebacker Quentin Poling, general manager Mickey Loomis announced Sunday. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Murphy is a three-year NFL veteran out of Stanford who was a 2016 sixth-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers. He played in six games with three starts in his first two seasons in Green Bay before spending 2018 on injured reserve. Murphy has since spent stints on the Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans practice squads. The 6-3, 325-pound Neal played defensive tackle at Purdue from 2016-20, appearing in 38 games and recording 73 tackles, including 13 stops for losses and four sacks to go with five passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick. He is the son of former fullback Lorenzo Neal Sr., who was drafted by New Orleans in 1993 out of Fresno State and played 16 NFL seasons with the Saints, Jets, Buccaneers, Bengals, Chargers, Ravens and Raiders. Poling was taken by Miami in seventh round of the 2018 draft and spent most of his first two seasons on practice squads with the Dolphins, Falcons and Raiders before making his NFL debut with the Raiders in 2019 on special teams. In college at Ohio, he set school records with 221 career solo tackles and 44 career tackles for loss. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
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