A Free Agent signs with the Packers
Green Bay’s offseason got off to a fast start as a free agent signs with the Packers less than two days after the season ended. The Packers fell short of their playoff ambitions on Sunday night against the Detroit Lions. Head coach Matt LaFleur said he’d go through the season “with a fine-toothed comb,” so far his analysis has been that coaching wasn’t the problem. However, the Packers did add a contender to the mix for next season’s secondary.
According to Aaron Wilson with KPRC, the Packers signed defensive back Tyrell Ford Tuesday.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released Ford so he could play in the NFL.
The Blue Bombers have released defensive back Tyrell Ford to allow him to pursue an NFL opportunity.— Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) January 10, 2023
The Blue Bombers drafted Ford in the second round of the 2022 CFL Draft. According to the CFL, Ford was a standout prospect after playing college football at Waterloo:
“Ford showed off his elite athleticism with an impressive outing at the 2022 CFL Combine presented by New Era. The defensive back recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds, the fastest of any combine participant in 2022 and tied Shamawd Chambers (2012) for the seventh-best all-time finish in CFL Combine history. In addition to a head-turning 40 time, Ford registered a 4.27 shuttle and 7.03 three-cone while totalling 15 reps on the bench press.
A product of the University of Waterloo Warriors, Ford was named a three-time OUA all-star and a two-time U SPORTS second-team all-Canadian during his four seasons with the team.”
We’ll see how Ford can compete in the NFL. Ford will have a chance to impress coaches in OTA’s this offseason and training camp in the fall. The Packers have five defensive backs from the 2022-23 season that are free agents in 2023. Ford could wind up being a youthful replacement for one of them.