Linebacker Vince Biegel didn’t make much of an impression during his brief tenure with the Green Bay Packers.
The former Wisconsin Badger played in just nine games in 2017, his rookie season. He missed all of training camp that year because of foot surgery, which hindered his development. This year, Biegel was largely a non-factor during camp and the Packers cut him after just one season.
The move was surprising and it wasn’t. Surprising that the Packers would give up on a fourth-round draft pick after just one season. Surprising considering their lack of quality edge rushers. Not surprising considering Biegel’s lack of production.
The Packers offered Biegel a practice squad spot, which he turned down. Instead, Biegel opted to take a spot on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad.
Because he was pissed off and felt he wasn’t in the Packers long-term plans.
“Did I have anger, animosity? Did I feel fired up when I got cut? Of course I did,” Biegel said. “But for me, there’s two ways of transitioning that energy. Am I going to let it defeat me? Or am I going to use it in a positive way to push me forward? So I took that energy and I put a chip on my shoulder. Now, when I play this game of football, there’s an added chip that, ‘There’s a team that doesn’t want you out there.’ I’ve had the feeling of not having a job before. I know that’s going to help drive me moving forward the rest of my career.”
It’s interesting considering Biegel is also from Wisconsin. His family is in Wisconsin.
But he didn’t think the Packers gave him a fair shake. Biegel thought joining the Saints was a better opportunity.
And perhaps it was. Biegel was called up to the active roster after week 2.
On the other hand, it doesn’t look like a bad move on the part of the Packers either. Biegel has been a special teams player with the Saints. He’s been credited with a single tackle.
While Biegel is ticked off about how things went down, there’s no reason anyone else should be.