The Packers released S Charlie Peprah on Wednesday. The seventh-year veteran confirmed the news to ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde.
Last season, Peprah had 94 tackles, 10 passes defensed and five interceptions. He played in 16 games with 14 starts and returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.
Peprah also played for Green Bay in 2006-08 and 2010. He played in two games for the Falcons in ’09.
According to Wilde, Peprah had not practiced this offseason because of a knee injury. The Packers used a fourth-round pick on SS Jerron McMillan in April’s draft.
The way we see it
Even though Peprah didn't participate in OTAs and minicamp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this season, his release still surprised most close observers. With Peprah out of the mix, a spirited battle for the starting safety job opposite Morgan Burnett could be brewing between McMillan, second-year pro M.D. Jennings and possibly Anthony Levine, who spent time on the Packers’ practice squad last season.
Early reports indicate the Packers have been quite pleased with McMillan’s awareness and tackling ability, but Jennings, who also has a lot of natural playmaking ability, has reportedly also impressed the team with the swagger he showed replacing Peprah earlier this offseason.
One last thing: Don’t rule out the possibility of veteran Charles Woodson logging a lot more time at safety with Peprah having packed his bags.