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Packers Work Out 2 Players Tuesday, Sign Neither

September 8, 2010

The Green Bay Packers worked out two players on Tuesday, return specialist Clifton Smith and safety Gerald Alexander.

Clifton Smith was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend to make roster space for former Packers running back Kregg Lumpkin. According to his own Twitter account, the Packers did not offer Smith a contract. Although the Packers could use a return specialist, Smith suffered two concussions last season — one ending his season — and had knee problems during the preseason. Given his injury history, perhaps the best signings are the ones you never make. (Remember NOT signing LaVar Arrington?)

The other player the Packers worked out was former Detroit Lion and Jacksonville Jaguar safety Gerald Alexander. Alexander was a surprise cut on Saturday, prompting the Packers to bring him in for a visit. Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee reports that neither player was signed by the Packers.

Clifton Smith is expected to sign with the Dolphins. No word on where Gerald Alexander will land. If he doesn’t get picked up by another team, he may remain an option for the Packers should the need for a safety arise during the season.

Despite the Packers not signing any new players, the visits show that general manager Ted Thompson is continually looking to improve and upgrade the roster.

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