Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison, a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, left the team following the conclusion of their offseason last June and did not return to the team due to a “personal matter.”
According to The Athletic’s Michael Cohen, Madison left due to the death of his college teammate Tyler Hilinski, and it could prevent him from returning to the team.
“The death of Tyler is in his head,” a source familiar with Madison’s situation told Cohen. “I don’t think he’s coming back. At least he’s not showing signs of it right now.”
Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State who had been dealing with CTE, took his own life in January 2018.
“He’s still dealing with some of the things that he was dealing with at the beginning of the season last year,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said of Madison.
“Obviously we wish him the best and we’d love to, at some point, get him out there on the field to help us. But when that time is going to be, we’re not there yet.”
Packers Claim Sam Ficken
Ficken will now compete with Mason Crosby for the starting kicker job after he served as the replacement for an injured Greg Zuerlein when he was with the Los Angeles Rams.
Packers Releasing Nick Perry
Perry was due to make $11 million this season with a roster bonus of $4.8 million slated for March 15th, but with the Packers’ additions in free agency, Perry became expendable.
Injuries have limited Perry’s time on the field, which likely led to the decision to move on.
Packers Signing Preston Smith
Smith will get $16 million at signing and earn $27.5 million over the first 2 years of his new deal.
Smith collected 53 tackles, four sacks and one interception last season for the Washington Redskins.
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