Jason Spriggs, the former second round pick by the Packers, has signed a one-year contract with the rival Chicago Bears. The Packers had traded up in the 2016 draft to select Spriggs, giving up a second, fourth, and seventh round selection to the Colts.
Despite high hopes for Spriggs, he never really panned out to be worth moving up for. He was the only Packers’ offensive rookie to appear in all 16 games in 2016, but has struggled to stay on the field since then. He only played in seven games in 2017 and was limited to 13 games in 2018. In the games in which he was available, he was only used in 27% of the offensive snaps. He was waived by the Packers following another injury during training camp last August. He did not play in the NFL at last season.
The Bears’ offensive line suffered a multitude of injuries last season. The signing of Spriggs, in some way, makes sense. Spriggs, however, is not expected to vie for a regular spot on their line. The team expects him to be a swing lineman, filling in where and when needed. Given Spriggs’ history with the Packers, the “Smith Brothers” will look forward to the snaps that Spriggs does play with Chicago. That is, if he stays healthy enough to do so.
Signing with the Bears marks a sort of homecoming for Spriggs, who was born in Chicago. He joins former teammate Jimmy Graham on a Bears squad that will look to make noise in the NFC North.
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