The Green Bay Packers went into the 2023 off-season with 14 unrestricted free agents. A few have already signed elsewhere. Robert Tonyan signed with the Chicago Bears, Allen Lazard chose to sign with the New York Jets, and Dean Lowry signed with the Minnesota Vikings. The Green Bay Packers did, however, retain one key veteran recently that had fans excited. Veteran Safety Rude Ford will remain with the Packers in 2023.
Green Bay Packers Fans React To Re-Signing Safety Rudy Ford
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Rudy Ford signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million to stay with the Green Bay Packers. Ford was one of several key low-cost signings made by the Packers last season who paid high dividends. Ford was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars at the end of training camp. At the time, Ford through five seasons had one interception, three passes defensed and six starts.
In his 17 games for the Green Bay Packers, he recorded three interceptions, three passes defensed, and six starts. His two interceptions against the Cowboys were as many as starters Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage had combined for their seasons.
“Rudy’s been doing some good things and, when given opportunities on defense, he’s maximized those,” coach Matt LaFleur said a day after the Dallas game. “He plays with a lot of speed. You can feel his speed out there, and he’s physical, too.”
When the news was announced that Ford would be back with the team, Packers fans had a lot to say on social media:
— 3 and out (@NFL3AndOut) March 18, 2023
You earned it Rudy.
— GEORGE F CARR (@motstravig1) March 18, 2023
I,m glad he is back .
— Gene Reams (@Badge1958) March 18, 2023
Very physical player. Definitely a good signing for the Packers.
— Gary (@Gary47821625) March 18, 2023
Hell yeah. I love Rudy Ford. Whether it's just to play ST really, or maybe play more on defense, even starting?… I want him here.
There are a lot of players in this league who were "nothing" and fought on ST and became stars.
— Xennial Rick (@XennialRick) March 18, 2023
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