Green Bay Packers safety Chris Banjo has signed his exclusive-rights tender in time for the start of Monday’s offseason program.
Banjo, 26, has spent the past three seasons on either the Packers’ active roster or the practice squad. The 5-foot-10, 209-pound safety was voted a special-teams captain this past season after registering a team-high 21 coverage tackles, according to the coaches’ statistics.
The transaction is purely a formality. Since he has fewer than three accrued NFL seasons, Banjo had to sign with the Packers once the team extended a contract for the third-year minimum at the start of the new league year.
However, the move enables him to participate in Green Bay’s offseason condition program, which begins Monday. Tight end Justin Perillo, another exclusive-rights free agent, signed his contract last month.
Banjo has 36 tackles and three pass deflections in 35 career regular-season games with two starts.
As of Friday evening, the Packers still hadn’t re-signed any of their seven unrestricted free agents, including fullback John Kuhn and long snapper Brett Goode.
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