McCarthy: Packers 'premature' to give away Bush's No. 24

Pete Dougherty
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Green Bay Packers' Jarrett Bush (24) reacts after making a tackle on a kickoff return during Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.  Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Coach Mike McCarthy said that the Packers jumped the gun in giving jersey No. 24 to second-round draft pick Quinten Rollins.

Jarrett Bush had worn that number since 2006 but remains a free agent. McCarthy in effect left open the possibility that the Packers will re-sign Bush, who turns 31 later this month.

Though the team assigned Bush's number to another player – general manager Ted Thompson usually handles that – Bush still has a nameplate over his locker.

"Jarrett is a nine-year player here," McCarthy said. "If he did come back to us and things worked out in the future, he'd be wearing 24. I think it's premature, frankly, that we did that (i.e., reassigned the number)."