Packers Send Running Backs Christine Michael and Don Johnson Packing

The Packers Monday released a pair of running backs, saying so-long to Christine Michael, and Don Johnson.

In this past weekend’s NFL Draft the Packers drafted Jamaal Williams (Round 4, Pick 134, BYU), Aaron Jones (Round 5, Pick 182, UTEP) and Devante Mays (Round 7, Pick 238, Utah State) stocking a depleted running back corps.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy named Ty Montgomery his starting running back on Saturday shortly after the team picked a trio of running backs — BYU’s Jamaal Williams (fourth round), UTEP’s Aaron Jones (fifth round) and Utah State’s Devante Mays (seventh round) — on the final day of the draft.

Even with Montgomery, a converted receiver, as the starter, the Packers are expected to share the workload among the new group of backs.

Michael played in nine games, including playoffs, last year for the Packers. He rushed 31 times for 114 yards and one touchdown in six regular-season games and added 58 yards on 16 carries in the three playoff games combined. The 2013 second-round pick of the Seahawks joined the Packers on Nov. 16, the same day Jackson was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

The Packers re-signed Michael to a one-year, $800,000 deal on March 23, but only the $25,000 signing bonus was guaranteed.


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