GREEN BAY, Wis. -- This probably isn’t what Green Bay Packers fans had in mind when they read earlier that the team will have money and salary-cap space available for free agency this year, but the Packers signed a tight end off the street on Thursday.
General manager Ted Thompson announced that he has signed the 6-foot-2, 237-pound Raymond Webber, who last was in an NFL training camp in 2012 with the New York Jets.
Webber played at Arkansas-Pine Bluff and led the Southwestern Athletic Conference with 101 catches for 1,429 yards in 2010 as a receiver. He was not drafted but went to training camp in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but sustained a hamstring injury that landed him on injured reserve. The Bucs eventually released him and he was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks but was released a week later.
He also spent time last season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
As a 218-pound receiver, Webber ran a 4.5 40-yard dash during a pro day workout at Central Arkansas prior to the 2011 draft.
The Packers might have some significant needs at tight end given that Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless are scheduled to become free agents next month. The other returning tight ends are Brandon Bostick, Jake Stoneburner and Ryan Taylor.