Former Green Bay Packers receiver Jared Abbrederis finally has a new home after being released by his home state team during the middle of the 2016 season. That home is with a division rival.
The Detroit Lions — eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday — signed Abbrederis on Monday.
Despite what we consider getting a raw deal from the Packers, Abbrederis thanked both teams on Twitter.
I'm very grateful to the @packers for the last 3 years for allowing me to live out my dream! Big thanks to all the fans for all the support!
I am also very thankful and excited to be joining the @Lions! Can't wait to start the new journey with my new team! Time to get to work!
Abbrederis was a fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2014. Early on, his story was one about injuries. Abbrederis tore his ACL prior to the 2014 season and missed the entire year. In 2015, he was sidelined for the majority of training camp with a concussion. The Packers placed him on the practice squad to open the year, before adding him to the roster in October of that year.
He ended up catching nine passes for 111 yards in 2015, while drawing raves from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
In 2016, Abbrederis looked better than anyone in camp. Unfortunately, that didn’t translate to any sort of role in the regular season. Abbrederis caught just one pass for eight yards before going on injured reserve in October. He was released shortly thereafter.
Abbrederis has been rehabbing and waiting for another shot since then.
We’re happy he has one. Maybe he can come back and torment Mike McCarthy for not playing him.