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Buccaneers Sign Former Packers S Raven Greene

Raven Greene was a key player in former coordinator Mike Pettine's preferred dime packages.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Green Bay Packers safety Raven Greene, a source said on Wednesday.

Later, his agency made the signing public.

The Packers liked what Greene brought to the table but chose to move on due to his injury history.

An undrafted free agent from James Madison in 2018, Greene built himself into a key player on Mike Pettine’s defenses as the sixth defensive back/dime linebacker. In 2020, he averaged 32 snaps on defense and another 11 on special teams. Even with spending the final six games on injured reserve, Greene tied for ninth with 41 tackles. He added 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hits, one interception, one forced fumble and five passes defensed.

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Greene wound up on injured reserve during each of his three seasons, with ankle injuries in 2018 and 2019 and a shoulder injury in 2020.

In three seasons, he’s played 20 career games.

The Packers are the only team in the NFL to not bring in an outside free agent who has played a regular-season snap in his career. The Packers, Buccaneers and Rams were the last three teams without an addition but the Rams signed receiver DeSean Jackson and long snapper Colin Holba, the Buccaneers are on the board got on the board with running back Giovani Bernard and Greene.

Green Bay’s only addition, period, is long snapper Joe Fortunato, who hasn’t participated in a training camp since his college career at Delaware ended in 2015.

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Second round: Ohio State C Josh Myers

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Third round: Clemson WR Amari Rodgers

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Fourth round: Ole Miss OL Royce Newman

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Fifth round: Florida DT Tedarrell Slaton

Fifth round: Appalachian State CB Shemar Jean-Charles

Sixth round: Wisconsin OL Cole Van Lanen

Sixth round: Boston College LB Isaiah McDuffie

Seventh round: Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill

Undrafted: Wisconsin OL Jon Dietzen

Undrafted: Iowa OL Coy Cronk

Undrafted: San Jose State WR Bailey Gaither

Undrafted: San Diego State OL Jacob Capra

Undrafted: Michigan OLB Carlo Kemp

Undrafted: Illinois State S Christian Uphoff

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