The Green Bay Packers re-sign a cornerback
The Green Bay Packers watched a few pieces of the 2022 defensive pass rush sign with new teams last week. The Packers appear ready to rebuild parts of the roster as they rebuild for Jordan Love’s first entire season as a starting quarterback. The Packers added a depth piece to the secondary for next season.
The Packers reached agreements with a couple of players in the secondary last week. The Packers re-signed safety Rudy Ford. They were able to adjust cornerback Rasul Douglas’ contract so he could stay on the 2022 Packers squad. Another cornerback will join them.
According to a statement by the Packers, cornerback Corey Ballentine has been re-signed for the 2023 season.
CB in GB 💪#Packers re-sign CB @cbxiii__ 📰: https://t.co/5RKdHDlYG6#GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/tC1JHkUMtH
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) March 20, 2023
According to the statement by the Packers, Ballentine was signed in 2022 as a practice squad member but was promoted to the practice squad in November:
“He went on to play in eight games for Green Bay, posting an assisted tackle on defense with four tackles and a forced fumble on special teams. Ballentine spent the 2022 offseason with the Atlanta Falcons before being released after training camp and spent part of the regular season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. He was originally selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round (No. 180 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Washburn University in Kansas. He played for the Giants (2019-20), New York Jets (2020) and Detroit Lions (2021), appearing in 32 games with four starts.”
How Ballentine has performed in the NFL
Ballentine only played 17 snaps for defense for the Packers in 2022. He earned a 46.0 overall grade by Pro Football Focus for his defense last season. Ballentine has 32 solo tackles and seven stops in his three statistical seasons playing defense in the league.
He was primarily a special teams contributor for the Packers last season. Ballentine had 106 snaps on special teams and earned a 52.9 grade by PFF for his special teams plays in 2022. (Last season was his lowest graded year by over 14 points.)