The Green Bay Packers are down to one unsigned draft pick after getting third-round pick Kyler Fackrell under contract.
The lone unsigned pick is first-rounder Kenny Clark.
Fackrell will compete for playing time at outside linebacker and frankly, may find that playing time hard to come by. At least in year one.
Fackrell joins a group headlined by Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers. It also features veteran Nick Perry, the up-and-coming Jayrone Elliott and former first-round pick Datone Jones, who will get his first extended opportunity at outside linebacker.
If Fackrell is going to make an impact on defense as a rookie, he’ll likely have to do so by showing he’s solid at setting the edge (most of those guys we just mentioned aren’t). Still, that doesn’t seem likely. At least in 2016, there don’t appear to be enough snaps to go around at outside linebacker, providing everyone remains healthy.
The good news for Fackrell is, Peppers, Perry, Jones and Elliott are all in the final year of their contracts.
Fackrell’s maximum salary cap figure for 2016 is $623,512. Over the course of his four-year deal, that will translate to around $2.5 million.