GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Getting cut after just one week on the New York Giants' practice squad did nothing to dampen Kyle Sebetic's spirit for football.

If anything, it fueled it.

Last fall, the native of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, was getting ready to put his biology degree from the University of Dayton to use. He was planning to start a job in the lab of a local hospital when the Giants, who had cut him at the end of training camp, called him back to their practice squad.

A week later, he was gone.

But he never went back to the hospital job.

"That kept me motivated and kept me in the game," Sebetic said in a phone interview Thursday, one day after he signed with the Green Bay Packers. "So I kept training."

Sebetic, who originally signed with the Giants last June, said the Giants had to release him from the practice squad after only a week because of a rash of injuries at other positions. There was talk he would be re-signed after the season, but it didn't happen. Still, he kept training and when the NFL announced it would hold a veteran combine in Arizona, it offered another opportunity to perform in front of NFL scouts and general managers.

Sebetic said that after Sunday's combine workout he talked to several teams who showed interest and told him they timed him in the 4.4 range for the 40-yard dash, but the Packers didn't call until two days later. He drove to Green Bay on Tuesday night, took a physical on Wednesday and was offered a contract.

Like the Giants, who moved Sebetic from cornerback before training camp last summer, the Packers see the 6-foot, 197-pounder as a safety. He believes he's better prepared for that position switch this time around.

"The whole process in general was a little tough for me just because I was a late signing to begin with," Sebetic said. "I missed the first three weeks of OTAs, so they brought me in a little late and I had to learn everything at an accelerated pace. But once I got into the playbook and knew I was going to be playing safety and learning from the other safeties, I was able to pick it up very quick."

He also said veteran safeties Antrel Rolle and Quintin Demps helped him with the position switch.

"I had a lot of help from Antrel Rolle, who did a similar thing," Sebetic said. "He was a corner in college and got moved to safety when he made it to the pros, so he was able to help me out a lot with that. Quintin Demps, he kind of mentored me a little bit and looked out for me. So it was good to have guys help me out."

Now, he's in a new situation even though it's a somewhat familiar environment. Like most kids from Wisconsin, he grew up idolizing the Packers and has been to several games at Lambeau Field.

His grandparents even own shares of stock in the Packers.

"They’re losing their minds right now," he said.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Maybe they were just calling for a price check, but the Green Bay Packers inquired about the services of free-agent cornerback Darrelle Revis before he signed with the New York Jets.

Revis landed a five-year, $70 million contract that included $39 million guaranteed after the New England Patriots refused to pay his $20 million option for the 2015 season. His new deal made him the second highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

In an appearance on SNY's Loud Mouths, Revis rattled off the list of teams that expressed interest in his services.

"It was the Packers, Baltimore as well, Cleveland, the Chiefs and the Jets also," Revis said. "And then also the Pats, so it was a number of teams."

He also listed the Steelers.

At that point, the Packers had lost cornerback Davon House to the Jacksonville Jaguars and probably knew that Tramon Williams wasn't going to accept their two-year offer that averaged between $4 million and $5 million per year. Williams ended up signing a three-year, $21 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.

The Packers, as has typically been their modus operandi, have not signed any unrestricted free agents from other teams since the market opened on March 10.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- More than two weeks into free agency, the only player the Green Bay Packers have brought in from the outside is a street free agent defensive back whose NFL experience is a total of one week on a practice squad.

So in other words, things are normal in general manager Ted Thompson's world.

Every year Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy come to NFL annual meetings, which takes place shortly after free agency begins, and every year they're asked the same thing about their roster-building philosophy. It was no different this week in Phoenix, where the meetings wrapped up on Wednesday.

"It's kind of like groundhog today," McCarthy said Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast. "I feel like I answer this every year. I'm trying to be creative and answer it differently this year. It's just the way we operate. We do the evaluations. We have a door down in the personnel department just like we do for the draft board for free agency. We just stick to our plan. However it sorts out, that's how it works out."

By now, everyone around the league knows the Packers prefer to sign their own free agents -- like they did with receiver Randall Cobb and tackle Bryan Bulaga earlier this month -- rather than to chase players from other teams.

"That's our No. 1 priority, always has been, to sign our own free agents," McCarthy said. "We go into every offseason, if we have 10 conversations, nine-and-half of them are about our own guys."

Before the Packers on Wednesday signed street free agent safety Kyle Sebetic, who spent a week on the New York Giants practice squad last November, they were the only NFL team that had not added a new player since free agency began on March 10.

"We're still doing our work, our due diligence," Thompson told reporters earlier this week at the NFL meetings. "You never know what's going to [happen]. Things change around the league because teams make decisions to go in a certain direction and then all of a sudden a player might come out of that team that you didn't normally suspect that to be the case. You just try to keep our powder dry and know what we're doing."

The Packers have essentially made three or four significant free-agent signings in Thompson's tenure as GM, which began in 2005. In 2006, he signed defensive back Charles Woodson and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett. Last offseason, he brought in pass-rusher Julius Peppers. Peppers was not even a true unrestricted free agent. He had been cut by the Chicago Bears. Same thing with Letroy Guion, the defensive tackle the Packers signed last offseason to a one-year deal. He had been released by the Minnesota Vikings.

However you want to categorize what the Packers did last season, it wasn't the norm.

On the flip side, when players are drafted by the Packers, they know they have a chance to make it a long-term relationship.

"We tell them coming in how important they are as draft picks, how important they are as free agents," McCarthy said. "It starts with rookie orientation and the impact each and every year that the first-year player impact has on a football team. And then it grows. I think it's a mutual understanding that they want to be Green Bay Packers, and we want to keep them here. I feel good that we're able to continue to do that."

Of course, the Packers have not been able to keep them all. They lost a pair of cornerbacks -- Tramon Williams and Davon House -- in free agency so far this year, and several of their other free agents remained unsigned.

"We're pretty comfortable," Thompson said. "Every year it seems like there are a few guys that you'd like to keep that go elsewhere, and that's just part of the game now. Mike and his staff do a great job working with new guys and we have some guys on our team that we think can fill in. At the same time, I make no bones of the fact in some cases we'd like to keep the guys."

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are giving a Wisconsin native a shot to make their roster.

They signed defensive back Kyle Sebetic on Wednesday.

The 6-foot, 197-pound Sebetic played at the University of Dayton but is from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin and went to Kenosha Tremper High School.

He spent last summer in training camp with the New York Giants but was released on Aug. 26. He came back to Giants as a member of their practice squad for one week in November but has been out of the NFL since Nov. 11, when the Giants cut him from their practice squad.

Sebetic played cornerback in college at Dayton, but the Giants moved him to safety. Indications are the Packers likely will play him at safety as well.

The Packers saw Sebetic at last weekend’s NFL veterans combine in Tempe, Arizona. Considered a street free agent because he was released during the season, Sebetic is the first roster addition from outside the organization that the Packers have made since free agency opened on March 10.

The Green Bay Packers are fully aware that free-agent defensive tackle Letroy Guion still could be subject to discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell under the league's personal conduct policy, but that won't stop them from re-signing him.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix that Guion remains in their plans. That means something could happen soon now that Guion's criminal case for possession of marijuana and a firearm was resolved with Tuesday's plea agreement.

"I think to a man, everybody would like to see Letroy be a Green Bay Packer," McCarthy said at the NFC coaches breakfast.

The Packers signed Guion last March to a one-year, $1 million contract. At the time, Guion was brought in to back up nose tackle B.J. Raji, but he became the opening-day starter after Raji sustained a season-ending torn biceps tendon late in the preseason.

Guion started every game and posted career highs in tackles (62) and sacks (3.5). The Packers were in the midst of contract talks with Guion's agent, Seth Katz, when Guion was arrested in Florida on Feb. 3.

Those talks were put on hold for the last six weeks even though Guion has been in Green Bay working out, but negotiations were expected to resume following Tuesday's court proceedings.

"He's been an excellent addition to our football team and it would be great to get Letroy back," McCarthy said. "Just from my conversations with him, I know he we wants to be a Green Bay Packer."

However, the Packers may have to act quickly because interest in Guion from other teams could pick up now that his legal situation has been resolved.

Both Guion and Raji remain on the open market as unrestricted free agents.

How happy was Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy to see Ndamukong Suh sign with the Miami Dolphins in free agency?

"I'm trying to teach my 6-year-old to do a cartwheel right now," McCarthy told reporters at the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix.

And it wasn't just because he was happy that his friend, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, landed this year's premier free agent.

It means the Packers won't have to face the former Detroit Lions defensive tackle twice a year anymore in the NFC North. And since the Packers played the Dolphins in 2014, they won’t see Suh again until 2018.

"I thought it was a win-win," McCarthy said. "It was good to see him leave the division, and it was great to see Joe Philbin improve his football team."

The Lions were the only NFC North team to beat the Packers last season, and it was primarily because Detroit's defensive front, Suh included, dominated the game. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense managed just 223 yards of total offense, a season low, in their 19-7 loss at Ford Field in Week 3.

And then, of course, there was the infamous Suh stomp on former Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith in the 2011 Thanksgiving game. Suh was suspended two games for that incident, and it created bad blood between the two teams.

PHOENIX -- Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson underwent surgery on his hip after the Pro Bowl.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson should recover in time for training camp in July. However, Nelson might not be ready to take part in all of the Packers' offseason work.

"It was something that was kind of hindering him after the Pro Bowl," McCarthy said Wednesday during the NFC coaches breakfast at the annual NFL meetings, "something that he felt he needed to get cleaned up."

It's the second time in less than two years that Nelson has undergone surgery. He missed most of 2013 training camp because of knee surgery that August but returned for the season opener and did not miss any games that year. He has not missed a game since the 2012 season.

Nelson led the Packers last season with 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will turn 30 in May.

"Really he should answer [about] that," McCarthy said of the injury. "But it's nothing serious."


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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- More than four years after the idea was first broached, Mike McCarthy finally has his own street.

The village of Ashwaubenon put up the signs on Tuesday, turning what was formally known as Potts Avenue into Mike McCarthy Way.

Thanks to Twitter follower Kyle Cousineau for snapping a photo and allowing us to share it.



Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt first promised the Green Bay Packers coach a street in his honor after the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

It wasn't until last summer that city and village officials settled on Potts Avenue as the street to rename. It runs along the south end of the Packers' practice fields, adjacent to the Don Hutson Center, and intersects with another street named for a Packers' Super Bowl-winning coach.

The Green Bay Packers will have nine picks in the 2015 NFL draft, which will be held April 30-May 2 in Chicago. Now that full seven-round draft order is official with the addition of the compensatory picks, here's a breakdown of the Packers' selections:

First round: 30th overall selection

Second round: 62nd overall selection

Third round: 94th overall selection

Fourth round: 129th overall selection

Fifth round: 166th overall selection

Sixth round: 206th overall selection

Sixth round: 210th overall selection*

Sixth round: 213th overall selection*

Seventh round: 247th overall selection

*Compensatory pick (cannot be traded).

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Letroy Guion isn't in the clear just yet, at least not with the NFL.

Despite the resolution of his criminal case on Tuesday, the free-agent defensive end could still face discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell whether he returns to the Green Bay Packers or signs with another team.

"It will be reviewed for potential discipline," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday in an email.

Guion could face a fine and/or suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.

The last Packers' player to face a suspension from the league was linebacker Erik Walden. He could not play in the 2012 season opener after he reached a deferred judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty.

Guion paid a $5,000 fine plus court costs but as a first-time offender, the charges of felony possession of marijuana and a firearm were dismissed without adjudication of guilt.

Letroy Guion's criminal case was closed on Tuesday, and the Green Bay Packers free-agent defensive tackle is now free to continue his NFL career.

Guion will not be prosecuted, and there will be no criminal record stemming from his Feb. 3 arrest in his hometown of Starke, Florida, according to a source familiar with the case.

"It’s over," the source said.

Guion was pulled over for erratic driving and police found 357 grams of marijuana and an unloaded gun (which was registered to Guion in Minnesota) in his 2015 Dodge Ram truck. Police seized the truck and $190,028.81 in cash that Guion said was from his Packers paychecks.

A spokesman for the Starke, Florida, police department confirmed Guion reached a plea deal Tuesday that included a $5,000 fine plus court costs, and as a first-time offender the charges were dismissed without adjudication of guilt.

"Hopefully he learned from his mistake and can continue his NFL career," captain Barry K. Warren, public information officer for the Starke, Florida, police department, told ESPN.com Tuesday.

The Bradford County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts said it did not have the finalized record of Tuesday's proceedings yet.

The civil forfeiture case, in which Guion is attempting to get back his vehicle and cash, is still pending.

The Packers have expressed an interest in re-signing Guion, who started every game last season at defensive tackle. However, now that his legal case has been resolved, interest from other teams could increase.

"I stand by what I said during the season, after the season," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said last month at the NFL scouting combine. "I thought he was an impactful personality and played good football. I'm hopeful that we get past this, and the monitoring gives us the green light to go forward, but I'd love to have Letroy back."

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The roster is so thin at inside linebacker that at this point it's nearly impossible to come up with a second starter for the Green Bay Packers.

In fact, the defensive depth chart at ESPN.com does not even list one.

And really, who else would you put next to Sam Barrington?

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Carl Bradford?

Nate Palmer?

Neither has ever played an NFL regular-season game at that spot. In fact, Bradford has never played an NFL game at any spot. The fourth-round pick, who moved from inside linebacker during the final week of the preseason, was inactive for every game last season. Palmer also moved from inside linebacker in the final week of the preseason but went on season-ending injured reserve a week later because of a knee injury.

You could put Clay Matthews there, but Matthews surely would rather go back to outside linebacker on a full-time basis.

With A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones gone -- both were released last month -- and free-agent Jamari Lattimore unsigned, the options are few at this point.

"If you need this number of players at this position, then you figure out ways to acquire those players over time," Packers general manager Ted Thompson told reporters this week at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix. "I don't think you jump in and try to do it the very next day. You plan it out, and this is not necessarily something that wasn't already planned out."

Surely, Thompson knew late last season, after watching Hawk and Jones get benched, that this was going to be a position of need for 2015. And in typical Thompson fashion, it appears the need will be filled through the draft. He would have liked C.J. Mosley in last year's draft, but the Baltimore Ravens took the Alabama linebacker four spots earlier. And besides, Thompson filled what was a more pressing need at the time with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

If there's angst over the linebacker spot outside the organization, that does not appear to be the feeling from within.

"We have some people that can evaluate players, and we have coaches that coach them, and there we go," Thompson said. "And we've done this before at different positions."

Just last year, Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy remade both the defensive line and the safety spot. They let veteran defensive tackles Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly leave and then played all of last season without B.J. Raji. It could be argued that strategy failed, given their problems against the run, where they ranked dead last in the league halfway through the year and finished 23rd only after moving Matthews inside on early downs.

However, it worked at safety, where they successfully moved cornerback Micah Hyde and drafted Clinton-Dix in the first round.

"There's always the unknowns," Thompson said. "And there's always, 'We think this, but we're not certain about this,' and I understand that. But that's just part of the personnel business. You have to keep marching forward. You have to keep going, and you can't worry about every little bump in the road. You can't worry yourself to death [and say], 'Oh woe is me, what are we going to do about this, what are we going to do about that?'"

Join us today at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT for NFL Nation TV's Spreecast Episode 49 as we welcome in draft hopeful Brett Hundley and break down the latest in offseason league news.

Host Paul Gutierrez (San Francisco 49ers reporter) and co-hosts Coley Harvey (Cincinnati Bengals reporter) and Mike Wells (Indianapolis Colts reporter) will be joined all show by Jeremy Fowler (Cleveland Browns and ESPN senior reporter), in addition to Hundley and two other NFL Nation reporters. Wells and Gutierrez will provide updates from the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Fresh off a record-setting career at UCLA, Hundley is one of the many former college players hoping to be claimed in this year's draft that begins April 30. He's regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in this year's class. He'll stop by for a few moments to discuss his pre-draft journey, and how prepared he believes he is for the NFL.

Also, Todd Archer (Dallas Cowboys reporter) will chat about Greg Hardy's recent free-agency signing in Big D, and the reaction it has sparked there.

Ben Goessling (Minnesota Vikings reporter) will fill us in on the latest in the Adrian Peterson saga. Are the words of Peterson's agent a benefit or a hindrance? Also, what was up with the camel-riding birthday celebration the embattled rusher had over the weekend?

Fowler will help close things down by discussing the latest in the Browns' quarterback soap opera, and the television show they could be featured on later this summer.

Viewers are encouraged to log in and ask the panelists questions as well as contribute in the chat feature.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Only five teams have more salary-cap space available than the Green Bay Packers, who sit $21,885,142 below their adjusted cap for 2015, according to the latest figures from the NFL Players Association.

But let's break down where the Packers are using their cap space this season, noting that they still have some work to do to re-sign some of their own free agents such as B.J. Raji, Letroy Guion and John Kuhn.

Here's a position-by-position look at the Packers' cap spending, where it ranks among the 32 NFL teams and how it compares to the league average, according to ESPN Stats & Information salary data:

DEFENSE

Defensive end

Cap spending: $20,481,637

NFL rank: Eighth

NFL average: $14,102,819

Note: ESPN Stats & Info counted both Julius Peppers ($12 million) and Mike Neal ($4.25 million) even though they are technically outside linebackers in the Packers' base 3-4 scheme.

Defensive tackle

Cap spending: $2,316,120

NFL rank: 32nd

NFL average: $8,844,526

Note: This figure is likely to increase significantly if, or when, the Packers re-sign Raji and Guion. Currently, second-year pro Khyri Thornton ($673,813) leads this position.

Linebackers

Cap spending: $19,313,759

NFL rank: Eighth

NFL average: $16,514,907

Note: Clay Matthews ($12.7 million) has the highest cap number on the entire defense for 2015.

Cornerback

Cap spending: $12,150,969

NFL rank: 18th

NFL average: $14,517,034

Note: Sam Shields is the only player not still on their rookie contract. Shields signed a four-year, $39 million deal last March and will count $9,062,500 in this year's cap.

Safeties

Cap spending: $9,153,364

NFL rank: 16th

NFL average: $8,726,362

Note: Starters Morgan Burnett ($5,131,250) and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ($1,895,114) account for 76.8 percent of this position's cap obligation.

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks

Cap spending: $19,600,000

NFL rank: Eighth

NFL average: $13,247,065

Note: Aaron Rodgers' cap number ($18,250,000) increased only slightly over last year and will increase by only one million next year. The biggest jump came from 2013 ($12 million) to 2014 ($17.55 million).

Offensive line

Cap spending: $22,723,411

NFL rank: 17th

NFL average: $22,165,276

Note: This figure won't change much until after 2016, when guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton plus left tackle David Bakhtiari all will complete their current contracts.

Receivers

Cap spending: $12,347,943

NFL rank: 19th

NFL average: $13,894,187

Note: The Packers have two of the top-seven highest paid receivers (Randall Cobb is sixth and Jordy Nelson is seventh) based on average per year yet still remain below the league average in cap costs.

Running backs

Cap spending: $3,197,703

NFL rank: 29th

NFL average: $7,122,637

Note: Backup James Starks ($1,837,500) has a cap charge nearly double that of starter Eddie Lacy ($925,203), who is entering the third year of his four-year rookie deal.

Tight ends

Cap spending: $2,909,004

NFL rank: 28th

NFL average: $7,308,216

Note: The Packers have only three tight ends under contract -- Andrew Quarless ($1.75 million), Richard Rodgers ($649,004) and Justin Perillo ($510,000).

Kicker

Cap spending: $3,550,000

NFL rank: Seventh

NFL average: $2,162,941

Note: Mason Crosby is entering the final year of his contract.

Punters

Cap spending: $1,775,000

NFL rank: 19th

NFL average: $2,037,423

Note: The Packers currently have two punters on the roster after signing Cody Mandell to compete with veteran Tim Masthay.

Long snapper

Cap spending: $976,250

NFL rank: 11th

NFL average: $878,044

Note: Brett Goode is entering the final year of his contract.

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