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Banjo still waiting for tender from Packers

Jan. 16, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo, seen during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, had 19 tackles on defense and 10 on special teams during the regular season. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo, seen during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, had 19 tackles on defense and 10 on special teams during the regular season. File/Press-Gazette Media

The Green Bay Packers have yet to offer a contract to exclusive-rights free agent Chris Banjo, but the agent for the second-year safety believes the team will do so before the start of the new league year in March.

Banjo, 23, signed a one-year deal with the Packers on July 29 and was one of three rookies to make the team’s 53-man roster out of training camp. He appeared in all 16 games and registered 19 tackles and two pass deflections while seeing 457 snaps.

Although undersized at 5-foot-10 and 203 pounds, Banjo proved to be a willing tackler on special teams, where he finished second with 10 tackles without a miss, according to Pro Football Focus.

Because Banjo is a second-year player, he is unable to negotiate with any other NFL teams until the Packers either tender him a contract for 2014 or waive his rights.

"They have not made a decision yet in regards to their roster next year,” Banjo’s agent, John Biggins, said Thursday morning. “They said right now they started getting prepared for the Senior Bowl and other college all-star games, and the combine.”

Banjo is one of the Packers’ 20 free agents this offseason, but one of three who remain under control of the organization, along with restricted free agents Jamari Lattimore and M.D. Jennings.

Banjo’s camp is expecting a decision to be made in late February or early March before the start of the new league year on March 11, but is optimistic based on his exit interview and production.

“I expect him to be back,” Biggins said. “He had a good year. He was one of the top special-teams contributors the coaches told him during the exit interview that he tied for first in production on special teams, which measures tackles and blocks. I think he tied with Jarrett Bush, so that’s huge for him. We fully expect for him to be back.”

whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod

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