Packers sign CB Gatewood to reach roster limit
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of cornerback Warren Gatewood on Wednesday to push their roster to the 90-man limit.
Gatewood, an undrafted free agent from Alcorn State, was prioritized by the Packers in the aftermath of the 2016 NFL draft but failed a physical and could not sign. Gatewood said in a phone interview that he was dealing with a right hamstring problem and spent the summer tending to the injury.
"I'm great now," Gatewood said Wednesday. "Learned a lot about taking care of my body."
Gatewood said the Packers put him through a number of drills Wednesday to test his hamstring. The team liked what it saw and extended a contract offer, which Gatewood quickly signed.
Gatewood, who stands 5-11½ and weighs 188 pounds, spent four years at Alcorn State and appeared in 42 games over the course of his career. He finished with 117 tackles, 33 passes defensed, eight interceptions and one blocked kick. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds earlier this spring.
With Gatewood confirmed, the Packers have 90 players under contract ahead of training camp next week.