The Green Bay Packers have officially given up on quarterback Brian Brohm, whom general manager Ted Thompson selected with a second round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Brohm was signed off the Packers practice squad by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, and despite having an open roster slot after releasing receiver Jake Allen earlier in the day, the Packers simply decided to let Brohm go.
Brohm signed a two-year deal with the Bills and goes to a team where he has a legitimate chance to play. The Bills are in disarray. They fired long-time (and completely mediocre) coach Dick Jauron earlier this week. Interim coach Perry Fewell (not be confused with Perry Farrell) benched starting quarterback Trent Edwards in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, upon his elevation. Today, third string quarterback Gibran Hamdan was released to make room for Brohm. Throw the always volatile Terrell Owens in the mix, and hey, you’ve got Melrose Place East.
Anyway, Brohm was a colossal disappointment in Green Bay. From his first preseason game, Brohm looked uncomfortable and was unable to beat out seventh-round pick Matt Flynn for the Packers backup quarterback job in either of his two training camps in Green Bay. While Flynn improved markedly from year one to year two, Brohm, despite a lot of talk, looked pretty much the same – lost.
Brohm was released during final roster cuts by the Packers at the end of training camp and subsequently resigned to the practice squad.
After deciding to let Brohm go to Buffalo, the Packers signed rookie quarterback Mike Reilly, a four-year starter at Central Washington, to the practice squad.
This closes the chapter on one of the worst draft decisions Ted Thompson has made as general manager of the Green Bay Packers. Although, the pick used to choose Brohm came from the Cleveland Browns in the Corey Williams trade, and Williams has been a complete bust in Cleveland, so I suppose it’s a wash.
Lets get the facts straight here Monty. Brian Brohm chose to shuffle off to Buffalo, the Packers did not “simply decided to let Brohm go.” As a practice squad player, it is Brohm’s choice who to sign with if he is offered more than one active-roster contract. According to reports I’ve read, the Packers cleared the roster spot to sign Brohm to the active roster but he chose to leave. Probably a good decision on Brohm’s part for his football future as he will have a better opportunity to compete and play in Buffalo.
Actually, there were conflicting reports. The first said the Packers tried to match the offer. Then, later, it was revealed that wasn’t the case, so in essence, yes, the Packers let Brohm go because they didn’t do anything to try to keep him.