The Packers just keep on adding linebackers. One day after announcing the signings of LBs Matt Wilhelm and Diyral Briggs, as well as placing on veteran LB Brady Poppinga on injured reserve, the Packers announced the signing Wednesday morning of third-year LB Erik Walden.
A 6-2, 250-pound third-year player out of Middle Tennessee State, Walden has played in 28 career games, most recently with the Dolphins. Drafted in the sixth round (167th overall) by the Cowboys in 2008, he was claimed by Kansas City after being released by Dallas in the final roster cutdown in August ’08.
Walden played in nine games for the Chiefs in ’08 before being released in November. He was then claimed by Miami, where he appeared in six games that season. He also played in 11 games for the Dolphins in ’09 and two contests for Miami this season.
The way we see it
Wilhelm in effect replaces Maurice Simpkins, who showed little before getting his walking papers yesterday. Briggs in effect replaces Poppinga. It had been thought that the roster spot that opened up when the team also put DE Mike Neal on injured reserve yesterday,would go to either Al Harris or Atari Bigby, who remain on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but it was used instead on Walden. Walden is a solid special-teams contributor, but was cut by the Dolphins for missing his assignment when Miami had a punt blocked against the Jets.