The Green Bay Packers have signed veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace and released second-year quarterback B.J. Coleman, according to the Packers official team website. The Packers kept on the team's 53-man roster on Saturday in favor of veteran Vince Young and former Packer Graham Harrell. Wallace should provide some short-term stability as Aaron Rodgers' backup quarterback.
An experienced veteran, Wallace will be entering his eighth NFL season. Similar to Young, Wallace is two years removed from the game, as he last played for the Cleveland Browns in 2011. The undersized Wallace (5'11, 203) was with the Browns, New Orleans Saints, and San Francisco 49ers during the 2012 preseason. Unlike Young, Wallace did not participate in the 2013 preseason, as Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said Sunday "I probably should've brought (Young) in earlier" to training camp, an indication that Young was unable to pick up the entire Packers offensive system.
Since the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Iowa State, Wallace has started 21 of 62 career games played. Wallace has completed 59.2% of his passes for 4,808 passing yards, and has thrown 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. A dual-threat option throughout his entire football career, Wallace has averaged 4.3 yards/carry for 293 career rushing yards, and has scored one touchdown on the ground.
The Packers also signed wide receivers Charles Johnson and Myles White, tight end Jake Stoneburner, cornerback James Nixon, offensive lineman Bryan Collins, and quarterback Scott Tolzien to the team's practice squad. The 6'3, 301-pound Collins is an undrafted rookie from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and was released by the Houston Texans. Tolzien, a former undrafted rookie from the University of Wisconsin, has been with the San Francisco 49ers the past two seasons.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Thompson said they have "liked Coleman's progress" throughout training camp, and there is still the distinct possibility that Coleman could return to the Packers practice squad for a second consecutive season, in favor of the former Badger Tolzien.
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