Packers sign safety Jermaine Whitehead

Ryan Wood
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GREEN BAY - With the start of organized team activities five days away, the Green Bay Packers filled their roster Wednesday when they announced the signing of safety Jermaine Whitehead.

Defensive back Jermaine Whitehead runs a drill at the 2015 NFL scouting combine.

Whitehead increases the Packers' roster to 89 players, one short of the NFL-maximum 90. The final spot will be occupied when first-round nose tackle Kenny Clark signs his rookie deal. Clark is the only player in the Packers' seven-member draft class who remains unsigned.

Whitehead (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) was undrafted out of Auburn in 2015. He originally signed a free-agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers on May 5, 2015. Whitehead spent most of his rookie season on the 49ers' practice squad until the Baltimore Ravens added him to their active roster Dec. 23.

The Ravens did not activate Whitehead in either of the final two games last season. Whitehead re-signed with the Ravens on April 19 but was waived Friday.

Whitehead will wear No. 35 with the Packers.

At Auburn, Whitehead was a three-year starting safety. He was suspended four games as a senior after getting into a verbal argument with an assistant coach, then was limited to special teams for two games upon returning.

In his seven games as a senior, Whitehead had 28 tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception returned 25 yards for a touchdown. and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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