Packers, Matthew Mulligan strike one-year deal

4/7/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

After signing a slew of street free agents and their own players in free agency, the Green Bay Packers opted for some change by adding tight end Matthew Mulligan, their first unrestricted free agent of this offseason. Although terms of the contract were not released, it is expected to a veteran’s minimum deal for Matthew Mulligan.
 
The 28-year-old Matthew Mulligan was released only two weeks ago after a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams. Matthew Mulligan initially signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent ahead of the 2012 season, but he was released just one season into the deal. The St. Louis Rams would have owed Matthew Mulligan $725,000 into the 2013 season.
 
Matthew Mulligan had eight receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown while starting nine games for the St. Louis Rams last season. He played in all 16 games in each of the past two seasons.
 
Before signing with the St. Louis Rams, Matthew Mulligan spent three seasons with the New York Jets (2009-2011), for whom he started 11 of 34 games during the stretch.
 
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, Matthew Mulligan spent parts of the year 2008 on the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans’ practice squad. Matthew Mulligan remained on the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad through the 2008 offseason, before being claimed off waiver by the New York Jets in early September of that year.
 
Matthew Mulligan has appeared in 50 regular season games during his NFL career.
 
The five-year veteran Matthew Mulligan will be joining Green Bay Packers’ stable of tight ends comprising of Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor, D.J. Williams and Brandon Bostick. However, the Green Bay Packers face questions at the position after losing fourth-year pro Tom Crabtree to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during free agency and with Andrew Quarless coming off a tragic knee injury he sustained in the 2011 season.
 
Matthew Mulligan is could prove to be a low-cost replacement to Tom Crabtree for the Green Bay Packers. Matthew Mulligan has been utilized as both pass or run-blocker, although he primarily served in the later capacity with the St. Louis Rams last season. Of Matthew Mulligan’s 411 offensive snaps in 2012, 77 percent were as a run-or pass-blocker. Comparatively, Ton Crabtree served as a blocker on 73 percent of his 389 total offensive snaps last season. However, Matthew Mulligan is expected to compete against Ryan Taylor during training for a roster spot with the Green Bay Packers.
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