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Packers' 2024 free-agency rundown: Here's the latest

Packers sign T Andre Dillard

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GREEN BAY – The NFL's negotiating window for free agency opens Monday, with free agency officially getting underway Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT, which coincides with the start of the new league year.

As news happens (signings, departures, etc.) and becomes official, this story will be updated and re-posted with the latest as it pertains to Green Bay.

April 18: Packers sign T Andre Dillard

A first-round pick in 2019, Dillard is the first addition Green Bay has made on the offensive line since David Bakhtiari was released last month, and Yosh Nijman and Jon Runyan left in free agency. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle has played in 59 games (19 starts) over five seasons with Philadelphia and Tennessee. Ten of those starts came at right tackle for the Titans last season. Since he was cut last month, Dillard doesn't count against the net-loss formula for compensatory picks.

April 15: Packers sign P Daniel Whelan and RB Emanuel Wilson

Both second-year players were exclusive-rights free agents who signed their 2024 contracts on the first day of the Packers' offseason program. Whelan won Green Bay's punting job over veteran Pat O'Donnell last summer. He played in all 17 regular-season games, punting 57 times for 2,634 yards (46.2-yard gross average, 39.7-yard net average) with 18 punts inside the 20. Whelan's average of 46.2 yards per punt was the second-best single-season mark in team history behind only Corey Bojorquez in 2021 (46.5 avg.). Wilson was one of three undrafted rookies to make Green Bay's 53 last summer. He rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries (6.1 yards per attempt) before finishing the regular season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

April 4: 49ers sign RB Patrick Taylor

The 25-year-old running back played parts of four NFL seasons with the Packers, though he spent his entire rookie season on the physically unable to perform list due to a Lisfranc foot fracture suffered at the University of Memphis. A mainstay on special teams, Taylor rushed for 241 yards and a touchdown on 65 carries (4.0 yards per attempt) in 34 regular-season games for the Packers. He returned to Green Bay last November after Aaron Jones and Emanuel Wilson were injured in a 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Taylor became a free agent last month after the Packers didn't issue him a restricted free-agent tender.

March 28: Packers sign K Greg Joseph

The fifth-year veteran joins Anders Carlson and Jack Podlesny in the Packers' kicking competition. Joseph has made 100-of-121 field goals (82.6%) in 67 NFL games. Among his seven NFL stops, Joseph has kicked in the regular season for Cleveland, Tennessee and most recently Minnesota the past three seasons. He's the first kicker the Packers have signed as an unrestricted free agent since the NFL's current free agency system was introduced in 1993.

March 28: Jaguars sign TE Josiah Deguara

The former third-round pick departs for Jacksonville after four seasons in Green Bay. A hybrid tight end, Deguara caught 47 passes for 436 yards and two touchdowns in 50 regular-season games (10 starts). His departure vacates the H-back role in Matt LaFleur's offense, but the Packers are set to return fullback Henry Pearson. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State, Pearson spent his entire rookie season on Green Bay's practice squad but was elevated for two games while Deguara was battling a hip injury, seeing 34 snaps (11 offense, 23 special teams).

March 23: Packers re-sign LB Eric Wilson

The eight-year veteran returns for a third season in Green Bay. Signed off New Orleans' practice squad in October 2022, Wilson has totaled 48 tackles with a quarterback hit in 30 regular-season appearances for Green Bay. The 29-year-old linebacker led the Packers in both special-teams snaps (308) and coverage tackles (11) last season. Wilson also recovered a key fumble at the end of teammate Keisean Nixon's 73-yard punt return in the NFC Divisional playoffs against San Francisco.

March 20: Panthers sign T Yosh Nijman

The 6-foot-7, 314-pound tackle appeared in 67 games with 22 starts after signing with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2019. Nijman rotated in briefly at left tackle following David Bakhtiari's season-ending knee injury before settling in as the primary backup to Rasheed Walker and Zach Tom. After spending his rookie season on the practice squad, Nijman played in 67 consecutive regular-season games for Green Bay from 2020-23. The Packers still maintain depth at tackle, with Tom, Walker, Luke Tenuta, Caleb Jones and Kadeem Telfort all under contract for next season.

March 19: Packers re-sign CB Robert Rochell

Signed off Carolina's practice squad in late October, Rochell was a mainstay on Green Bay's special teams the rest of the season. The fourth-year veteran recorded four coverage tackles while playing 112 special-teams snaps over nine games. A fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in 2021, Rochell has 23 career tackles with four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one interception in 37 games with five starts.

March 16: Bears sign S Jonathan Owens

After four years in Houston, Owens spent just one season in Green Bay, playing every game in 2023 with 11 regular-season starts. He recorded 74 tackles, three passes defensed, and one fumble recovery he returned for a TD at Detroit on Thanksgiving. Owens also ranked second on the club with 10 tackles on special teams, a career high.

March 15: Packers re-sign RB AJ Dillon

Green Bay's second-round pick out of Boston College in 2020, Dillon has rushed 597 times for 2,428 yards and 16 TDs in his NFL career, adding 86 receptions for 763 yards and two more TDs. He's played in 60 games with 11 starts and had four career multi-touchdown games. He returns to Green Bay in the same role he's held, as a complementary RB, now behind Josh Jacobs instead of Aaron Jones.

March 15: Packers re-sign CB Keisean Nixon

Nixon earned his second straight first-team All-Pro selection at kick returner in 2023 after leading the NFL in kickoff return yards (782) and average (26.1). His duties on defense at nickel/slot corner also increased significantly from the prior year, as he started 13 games and recorded 79 tackles with six passes defensed and one interception, which came vs. Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes in the Packers' victory over the eventual Super Bowl champions. Over two seasons in Green Bay, Nixon has placed himself No. 2 in team history with an average of 27.55 yards per kickoff return.

March 14: Packers sign S Xavier McKinney

March 14: Packers sign RB Josh Jacobs

March 14: Packers re-sign LB Kristian Welch

Welch, a Wisconsin native, was signed to the Packers' practice squad at the end of the 2023 preseason after three years with the Ravens, and was then elevated to the active roster in late September. He played in 14 games plus both postseason contests, all on special teams, recording seven coverage tackles in all.

March 14: Packers re-sign T Caleb Jones

An exclusive-rights free agent, Jones has spent the bulk of his first two NFL seasons (2022-23) on the active roster but has played in just one game, on special teams. The developmental prospect at offensive tackle came to the Packers out of Indiana as an undrafted free agent.

March 14: Jaguars sign S Darnell Savage

Savage's five seasons with the Packers began as a first-round draft pick (No. 21 overall) in 2019. He played in 72 regular-season games with 69 starts, recording 306 tackles (222 solo) with 34 passes defensed and nine interceptions. He made one of the biggest plays of his career in his second-to-last game with Green Bay, intercepting Dallas QB Dak Prescott and returning it 64 yards for a TD in the Packers' NFC Wild Card blowout win over the Cowboys in January.

March 14: Giants sign G Jon Runyan Jr.

Runyan, a three-year starter for the Packers, is moving on to New York. The Giants announced they've agreed to terms with the offensive lineman, who started 50 games at both right and left guard for the Packers (53 including playoffs) over the past three seasons. A sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2020 out of Michigan, Runyan did not miss a game over four years total in Green Bay. With Runyan's departure, third-year pro Sean Rhyan, a third-round pick from UCLA in 2022, becomes the current front-runner to start at right guard for the Packers in 2024. Runyan and Rhyan shared snaps at right guard throughout the second half of last season.

March 12: Packers re-sign TE Tyler Davis

Davis, now a fifth-year player, missed all of last season due to a knee injury sustained during the preseason. He originally came to Green Bay in late September of 2021, as the Packers signed him off the Colts' practice squad. Over the '21-'22 seasons, he caught eight passes for 61 yards over 31 games (one start) and recorded 15 tackles on special teams. In '22, he played 342 snaps on special teams, most on the team, and had a career-high 10 stops. Davis' re-signing gives the Packers four tight ends currently under contract, joining Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft and Ben Sims, all rookies last season.

March 12: Packers re-sign CB Corey Ballentine

A Green Bay arrival in 2022 after playing for the Giants, Jets and Lions from 2019-21, Ballentine has played in 22 games with six starts over the past two seasons for the Packers. All six starts came in 2023 due to injuries in the secondary, and he recorded 39 tackles, seven passes defensed (ranking second on the team) and his first career interception at Minnesota in Week 17. He also tied for fourth on the team with four tackles on special teams, after posting four tackles and a forced fumble on special teams the prior year.

Other moves not involving free agents

March 18: 49ers sign LB De'Vondre Campbell
March 13: LB De'Vondre Campbell released, Vikings sign RB Aaron Jones
March 11: RB Aaron Jones released, T David Bakhtiari released

Unrestricted free agents