Packers deal LB Lerentee McCray to Bills

Green Bay Packers will receive an undisclosed 2018 NFL draft pack in exchange

By Mark Prott

In a move to get closer to the 75 man roster reduction due at 3 P.M. Central Aug. 30, Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has dealt Lerentee McCray, the 6-2 246 lb outside linebacker to the Buffalo Bills for a 2018 undisclosed draft pick.

It’s an interesting move as Lerentee McCray was thought to be in contention for one of the final outside linebacker positions on the 2016 Packers squad. McCray was also a known contributor on special teams with his former team, the Denver Broncos, and figured to play a similar role with the Packers if he made the 53.

In addition, at least in the 2016 exhibition games McCray seemed to be outplaying outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott, thought to be his main competition for earning a roster spot. However, Elliott has shown flashes of play making ability in the past and also is a valued special teams player.

Perhaps Ted Thompson does not view the competition the same way and was going to cut McCray anyhow. If so, it would be another shrewd move for the Packers General Manager, who has long been known to covet NFL draft picks.