What Are the Packers Getting in DT Ego Ferguson?
UPDATE: After failing his physical on Wednesday, April 5, Ferguson will not be joining the Packers.
The Packers made another pick up, claiming former Bears DT Ego Ferguson off waivers.
Chicago drafted Ferguson in the second round of the 2014 draft, showing that the Bears thought he had potential. But the defensive tackle failed to make it through his rookie deal, as Chicago released him after three seasons.
Green Bay decided to give him a chance, but what role will Ferguson realistically play with the Packers?
Adding the former LSU Tiger likely represents nothing more than a depth acquisition. While Green Bay recently signed Ricky Jean Francois, they also lost Julius Peppers and Datone Jones off the d-line. With Letroy Guion suspended for four games, the team needed help.
Ferguson will get a chance in training camp, but the Packers take on no real risk. They can release him without having to pay any of his salary before final roster cuts.
The defensive lineman recorded just two sacks in his tenure with Chicago. Both came in his rookie year before an injury and a suspension limited him in 2015. Overall, he appeared in just 20 games over three years and recorded 26 total tackles. He’s not a real upgrade over anyone on the roster, so Green Bay likely added him solely for depth.
He had promise coming out of LSU, as evidenced by his early-round draft selection. But the fact of the matter remains that Ferguson likely won’t play a role on a Packers defense looking to rebound from a poor 2016 season.
He could surprise everyone and have an outstanding camp, but the odds look stacked against him. Between injuries, a prior suspension, and overall ineffectiveness, it seems unlikely that Ferguson earns a spot on the final 53-man roster.