The Green Bay Packers are one of the few teams in the league that are taking advantage of a rule that not many people know about. It’s the International Player Pathway Program rule, and it could end up being huge for the Packers.
After their 2022 season ended, the Packers began working on their roster. In free agency, they made some additions.
In the draft, they got a lot of really good players. Then, they looked at undrafted free agents and signed some of those.
Now they are looking at an international player to bring in, which would only work in their favour.
According to the NFL, the Packers allocated defensive lineman Kenneth Odumegwu from Nigeria as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program. But, there is a catch for the Packers.
#Packers allocated DL Kenneth Odumegwu from Nigeria as part of the @NFL International Player Pathway program.
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— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 4, 2023
Here is where the rule comes in: Odumegwu doesn’t count toward the Packers roster just yet. The Packers can have up to 90 players on their roster at the moment, and he doesn’t count towards that.
When the season starts, they must cut it down to 53, then he does count towards it if he makes the team.
If he doesn’t and is a practice squad player, he doesn’t count towards the 16 practice squad player limit.
This is a rule more teams should be taking advantage of, for sure.
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