Packers lose Rolle to Texans
The Green Bay Packers have one spot open on their active roster and now one less prospect on their practice squad.
The Houston Texans signed cornerback Jumal Rolle off the Packers' practice squad on Tuesday, his agent Chris Turnage confirmed to Press-Gazette Media. The Houston Chronicle first reported the move.
A practice-squad holdover from the 2013 season, the 6-foot, 188-pound cornerback made a convincing bid for a roster spot with nine tackles, a sack and forced fumble during the preseason.
However, the Packers decided to keep sixth-round pick Demetri Goodson as their sixth cornerback on the roster and send Rolle back to the practice squad, where he was making the standard salary of $6,300 per week.
The move made sense at the time because Goodson had a concussion that sidelined him for the first two weeks of the regular season. Had they cut him, the Packers would have needed to reach an injury settlement. NFL rules dictate teams must wait six weeks after a settlement concludes to re-sign a player to the roster.
The Packers have had a spot open on the 53-man roster since Sept. 17, when they placed outside linebacker Andy Mulumba on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee, but they have yet to promote any of their 10 practice-squad players.
General manager Ted Thompson might have been counting on promoting a player if another team came calling. They used a similar strategy in the past with quarterback Graham Harrell and cornerback James Nixon.
If that was the case, the gamble didn't work with Rolle, who saw an opportunity for immediate playing time in Texas.
"There's a lot of projections and things that go on there," said Packers coach McCarthy about the team keeping only 52 players on its roster. "That's a whole different set of conversation, information that they go through, as far as what they're seeing, because we have guys that are breaking down every team in the league. There's a free agent board that's evaluated all the time, there's workouts going on pretty much every Tuesday. So I mean that's a whole different world."
Rolle, 24, originally signed with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted in 2013. He was signed to the Packers' practice squad on Oct. 8, 2013, and promoted to the active roster for the final two games of the season.
Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt has been extremely complimentary of Rolle, a four-year starter at NCAA Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., where he had 157 tackles, six forced fumbles, 51 pass deflections and 16 interceptions.
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