Jeremy Thompson retires from Packers

Some sad news out of Green Bay: Linebacker Jeremy Thompson will retire because of a neck injury he suffered during practice in December.


ThompsonA fourth-round draft pick in 2008, Thompson made the conversion from defensive end when the Packers switched to a 3-4 defense. Injuries derailed his season in 2009, but he probably would have been in the mix for the outside linebacker position the Packers have yet to fill this offseason opposite Clay Matthews.

As it stands, Brady Poppinga and Brad Jones are set to compete for the job. The Packers have hinted at acquiring additional depth, and on Monday, New England released veteran Adalius Thomas.

Early reports have suggested Thomas could be headed toward the New York Jets. It would be a surprise if he signed with the Packers.