The Packers have all their veteran players under contract entering training camp following SS Atari Bigby’s decision to sign his restricted free-agent tender of $1.579 million Tuesday. Bigby, who was reluctant to sign the second-highest of four possible tenders, is expected to get a run for his money for the starting SS job from impressive-looking third-round rookie Morgan Burnett.
“Bigby is our starting safety, but I think it will be very competitive,” Packers safeties coach Darren Perry told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Tuesday after Bigby signed his tender. “If I know Atari like I think I do, he will come back ready to roll.”
Bigby scuffled his way through a challenging 2009 campaign after suffering a sprained knee in the season opener that kept him on the sideline until Week Six. His season didn’t end on the brightest note, as he struggled mightily in the Packers’ wild-card loss to the Cardinals before leaving the game with a pulled hamstring in the third quarter.
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