Packers add depth at running back, safety

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have perhaps their deepest running back group than in any time during coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure, but they had room for at least one more.

The Packers on Wednesday re-signed Michael Hill, who was with them for parts of last season and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month.

Hill, a former Division II standout at Missouri Western, first joined the Packers on Sept. 2 as a member of their practice squad after the San Diego Chargers released him at the end of the preseason. He was promoted to the roster on Sept. 30 after injuries to James Starks and John Kuhn. He appeared in two games but was released on Oct. 18. Four days later, the Packers re-signed him to their practice squad.

The Buccaneers signed him off the Packers’ practice squad on Nov. 13, and he played in six games with nine carries for 23 years.

The Packers return Eddie Lacy, the reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year, plus DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin. Starks and Kuhn are scheduled to be free agents next month.

They also re-signed safety Chris Banjo, an exclusive rights free agent who made the Packers’ roster coming out of training camp last season.