Packers sign QB Ryan Williams

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Ryan Williams looks to pass while playing quarterback at Miami.

The Green Bay Packers began building toward their 90-man offseason roster on Tuesday.

The Packers signed former Miami (Fla.) quarterback Ryan Williams to a futures deal in addition to signing former Michigan defensive tackle William Campbell to the practice squad, replacing injured defensive lineman B.J. McBryde.

With the regular season now over, NFL teams are permitted to start signing players to their offseason roster.

Williams (6-4, 215) took a pre-draft visit with Green Bay before May’s NFL draft. He was in the running to be the Hurricane’s starting quarterback in 2014 before tearing his ACL in the spring. He wound up throwing only 52 passes in three years with Miami after transferring from Memphis in 2011.

Williams reportedly agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals after going undrafted, but never signed. Now, the Packers are poised to take another look at him. Only Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley are under contract for 2016 with backup quarterback Scott Tolzien scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March.

Campbell (6-5, 330) was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He was inactive for all 16 games as he transitioned to the offensive lineman as a rookie. Campbell was a member of the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad until his release on Sept. 4, 2015. He’ll wear No. 62. and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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