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Packers Sign Draft Pick Rodgers


Signing their second draft pick in as many days, the Green Bay Packers Tuesday inked wide receiver/kick returner Cory Rodgers. Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations, announced the signing.

Rodgers, a 6-foot, 186-pound player out of Texas Christian, was the Packers' first of two selections in the fourth round (104th overall) and the 11th wide receiver chosen in the 2006 NFL Draft.

An All-America kick returner, Rodgers left TCU after his junior season as the school's career leader in kickoff-return yards (1,747) and total return yards (2,572). His 4,798 all-purpose yards were second behind only LaDainian Tomlinson (5,499). One of the nation's most exciting players, he also tied a TCU record with 17 career TD receptions, recorded 10 career rushing TDs, and in 2005 had as many scores on the ground (five) as he had through the air.

An option quarterback at Hightower High School in suburban Houston, Rodgers earned 14 combined letters in four prep sports.

Rodgers' signing brings to seven the number of Packers draft picks now under contract. He joins defensive end Dave Tollefson (June 23), defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (July 7), safety Tyrone Culver (July 11), cornerback Will Blackmon (July 14) and tackle/guard Tony Moll (July 18) and wide receiver Greg Jennings (Monday). Five of Green Bay's NFL-leading 12 draft choices remain unsigned.

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