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Colts sign former Packers OLB Erik Walden

Mar. 12, 2013
 
Erik Walden, (Gannett Wisconsin Media photo by Dan Powers)
Erik Walden, (Gannett Wisconsin Media photo by Dan Powers)

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Outside linebacker Erik Walden is the first of the Packers' free agents to find a new home.

Walden signed with the Indianapolis Colts on the first day of free agency. The team announced the move on its website: http://bit.ly/YqkjCm

Walden, who joined the Packers in the middle of the 2010 season, did not have a good performance in his final game with the Packers, the NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Walden was out of position and was partly responsible for allowing 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to rush for an NFL-quarterback record of 181 yards.

Walden returned last season for a one-year, $700,000 contract. He played in 15 regular-season games (he missed the opener while serving an NFL suspension for violating the personal conduct policy) and both playoff games. He recorded three sacks and finished second on the team with 24 quarterback hits in the regular season.

Here's the full list of the Packers unrestricted free agents:

RB Cedric Benson
WR Donald Driver
RB Ryan Grant
WR Greg Jennings
OLB Brad Jones
OLB Erik Walden

In addition, the Packers did not tender the following restricted free agents:

TE Tom Crabtree
LB Robert Francois
OLB Frank Zombo

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