Tight end Tyrone Davis also released

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Akili Smith, the third overall pick in
the 1999 NFL draft, was cut by the Green Bay Packers Tuesday.

Smith, one of five quarterbacks chosen in the first round four
years ago, never established himself with Cincinnati, which took
him after two other QBs -- Tim Couch and Donovan McNabb.

He was released earlier this year and signed with the Packers in
hopes of re-starting a career that suffered when the downtrodden
Bengals kept changing quarterbacks.

But he couldn't get started in Green Bay either in his bid to
back up Brett Favre and, perhaps, eventually succeed him. Rather, Green Bay's staff settled on veteran backup Doug Pederson and former NFL Europe QB Craig Nall to fill out the depth chart.

Smith had a passer rating of 47.5 in three preseason games, completing 15-of-29 for 136 yards with one TD pass and two interceptions.

In his four-season tenure in Cincinnati, Smith started only 17 games (215 of 461 for 2,212 yards, with five TD passes and 13 interceptions). The club paid him a signing bonus of $10.8 million in 1999 and, including base salaries, invested nearly $12.1 million in four seasons.

The contract Smith signed with the Packers included a signing bonus of just $10,000 and the league's minimum base salary of $530,000 for a four-year veteran.

Pederson, 35, has been Favre's primary backup for four of the past six seasons. Nall is a second-year veteran and showed great improvement while playing in the NFL Europe League in the spring.

The Packers also cut Tyrone Davis, who started 27 games for them
at tight end since 1997 and caught 71 passes for 780 yards and 13
touchdowns. His best season was in 1998, when he caught seven
touchdown passes.

He has been plagued by injuries during the last several seasons
and hurt a knee in this year's preseason opener and did not play
since then.

Two other veteran tight ends were also cut -- Luther Broughton
and Cory Geason.

Fourth-round draft pick DeAndrew Rubin, a wide receiver and kick
returner, was among four first-year players released. The others
were running back Keith Burnell, fullback Tommy Collins, and
offensive lineman David Porter.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli was used in this report.