Cornerback Lee signs with Raiders

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Tyler Dunne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday, March 22, 2012
— Pat Lee had four years to deliver. And for four years, the Packers cornerback battled injuries and toiled on the bottom of the depth chart. On Wednesday, Lee’s time finally ran out.

The unrestricted free agent agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, his agent confirmed. He reunites with Oakland’s new general manager, Reggie McKenzie, the former director of player personnel in Green Bay.

Lee was the third of Green Bay’s three second-round picks in 2008, taken 60th overall. The Packers batted 1 of 3. Jordy Nelson (36th) has emerged as one of the NFL’s top wide receivers. Quarterback Brian Brohm (56th) bombed out almost immediately. Lee was never more than a dime cornerback, at best.

In fairness, injuries did detour Lee’s career from the get-go.

As a rookie in 2008, he was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in Week 12. In 2009, Lee headed to IR again after suffering a knee injury in Green Bay’s preseason finale. Finally healthy in 2010, Lee was used sparingly, though he was needed in the Packers’ Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. When Charles Woodson and Sam Shields went down, Lee helped Green Bay’s secondary stay afloat. Lee appeared in 20 plays that game.

The Packers could afford to let Lee walk considering they re-signed cornerback Jarrett Bush to a three-year deal Tuesday.

Tollefson an option

As a rookie in Green Bay, Dave Tollefson had to break in quarterback Brett Favre’s insoles. A painful, forgettable experience. Six years later, the Packers may be asking him to help wake up their dormant pass rush. The Packers have “definite interest” in the New York Giants’ defensive end, a league source said. No visit is scheduled yet, as Tollefson is set to visit the Seattle Seahawks today and Friday.

At 6-foot-4, 266 pounds, Tollefson most likely pro-jects as a 3-4 outside linebacker in Green Bay’s scheme. Drafted by the Packers in the seventh round in 2006 out of Northwest Missouri State, he was let go and latched on with the Giants. Tollefson has 81 career tackles, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles.

Bush cashes in

Bush’s new contract with the Packers is worth slightly more than the one that just expired. The three-year contract that Bush signed Tuesday totals $5.25 million over three years. His previous contract was for $4.5 million over three years.

Bush received a signing bonus of $1 million, the same as he did in 2009. His base salaries will be $1 million this season, $1.35 million in 2013 and $1.6 million in 2014. In addition, he has a $100,000 workout bonus each year.

Last updated: 7:54 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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