GREEN BAY, Wis. -- News and notes from around the Green Bay Packers:
Still room on the roster: Even after signing rookie free-agent cornerback Travis Manning of Northwest Missouri State this week, the Packers still have an available spot on their 90-man roster. They're technically at 88, but that does not count unsigned draft picks -- of which there is one, first-round pick Damarious Randall. So with Randall, whose contract should be done soon, they're at 89. Manning was signed after tryouts with the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs in their rookie camps.
Contract details: The four-year deal signed by rookie receiver Ty Montgomery this week can be worth up to $2,948,794. It included a $606,544 signing bonus (the only guaranteed money). His base salary for 2015 is the NFL minimum of $435,000, but the rest of the bases are slightly higher than the league minimums. He will make $529,750 in 2016, $716,500 in 2017 and $716,500 in 2018. It also contains an injury split for 2015 only, meaning he would not make his full salary if injured this season. The rest of the Packers' rookie contract information can be found here.
Thompson loves receivers: In Saturday's Twitter mailbag, a follower asked about general manager Ted Thompson's penchant for drafting receivers and wondered how it compared to the rest of the league. In the answer, I looked only at the NFC North. But with more time to dig in, I compared it to the rest to the NFL. And sure enough, almost no one compares. Just one team, the Cincinnati Bengals, has drafted more receivers since 2005 (Thompson's first as GM) than the Packers. The Bengals have picked 17 receivers, one more than the Packers, in the past 11 drafts. The Tennessee Titans matched the Packers with 16. On the other end of the spectrum are the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers. Each team has drafted just seven receivers in that same span.
On to OTAs: The organized team activity portion of the offseason begins this week. That means for the first time since the end of last season, teams can hold 11-on-11 practice sessions (albeit without pads or full contact). The Packers’ first OTA that is open to the public (weather permitting) and media is Thursday.
Throwback jersey update: A Packers spokesperson said he had no update on when the team will announce their alternate third jersey for this season. Team president Mark Murphy said earlier this offseason that they would have a new throwback jersey for a game this season after using the Acme Packers look the past five years.