The Green Bay Packers have an opportunity to reunite with one of their former draft picks after a recent transaction in the NFL.
Packers second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Casey Hayward is officially on the free agent market. Hayward was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Friday after a failed physical.
We’ve released CB Casey Hayward Jr.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) April 21, 2023
Hayward’s release comes after a 2022 season with Atlanta in which he played just six games before suffering a torn pectoral muscle. He was enjoying an impressive start to the season before the injury, registering 17 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception.
Casey Hayward picks off Matthew Stanford for his 25th career INT ???? pic.twitter.com/XhlFy4c4D7
— The Dore Report (@dore_report) September 18, 2022
The 11-year veteran has two Pro Bowl appearances under his belt and would provide a veteran presence on top of his experience. Green Bay could opt to sign Hayward for the veteran minimum following the latest news.
The Packers cornerbacks room currently features Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas and Eric Stokes.
There isn’t a ton of experience behind those three with Kei’Sean Nixon, Shemar Jean-Charles, Corey Ballentine, Innis Gaines, Kiondre Thomas and Benjie Franklin rounding out the group.
Hayward has logged 118 starts in his career with 448 tackles, 112 passes defensed and 25 interceptions.