The Green Bay Packers re-signed offensive lineman Don Barclay in time for the start of the offseason program on Monday.
Barclay, who turned 27 on Monday, has played in 46 regular-season games with 23 starts since he signed as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia in 2012.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman proved to be a reliable backup in 18 starts at right tackle during his first two seasons when Bryan Bulaga succumbed to season-ending hip and knee injuries, but struggled in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that he suffered early in training camp in 2014.
Still, the Packers like his competitiveness and workmanlike approach, so it’s not a surprise that they’d bring him back to compete for a spot this season. They’ll be counting on him to bounce back after a full offseason to solely concentrate on his strength and technique rather than his rehab.
Competition stands to be fierce on the offensive line in camp. Along with whoever is added in the NFL draft, the Packers return all 11 offensive linemen who were on the team’s active roster and practice squad last season.
The offseason roster stands at 63 after signing former Denver linebacker Lerentee McCray on Monday. Green Bay still has six other unrestricted free agents on the market: outside linebacker Mike Neal, fullback John Kuhn, receiver James Jones, tight end Andrew Quarless, safety Sean Richardson and long snapper Brett Goode.
Quarless (torn MCL), Richardson (herniated disc) and Goode (torn ACL) all finished the season on injured reserve.