The Green Bay Packers have released veteran safety Charlie Peprah one day before the first practice of training camp. The former Alabama star underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason, but this decision is more about performance than health. Peprah’s knee will get better; his play will not. Loyal readers of this blog should not be surprised by today’s announcement. Here’s what I wrote in April.
The release of Peprah leaves Morgan Burnett as the only player on the roster who has started a game at safety in the National Football League. Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson is expected to move to safety in the base defense. Young veterans M.D. Jennings and Anthony Levine and fourth-round draft pick Jerron McMillian will compete in camp for the opportunity to get on the field in specialty packages.