The Green Bay Packers will trade defensive lineman Jerel Worthy to the New England Patriots pending a physical.
That was the word Tuesday from Worthy's agent, Chafie Fields, who broke the news on Twitter in advance of any announcement from either team:
— Chafie Fields (@ChafieFields) August 12, 2014
According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, citing a source, the Packers will receive a conditional seventh round draft choice incumbent upon him making the Patriots' 53-man roster.
There has been no official word, as of yet, whether that draft choice could improve based upon Worthy's playing time with the Patriots.
Worthy has been on the Packers' Non-Football Injury list since the opening of training camp, yet to take part in a single practice. He reportedly injured his lower back while weightlifting on his own during the offseason.
Originally a second round draft choice of the Packers out of Michigan State in 2012, Worthy has done very little during his two-year stint in Green Bay.
In his rookie season, Worthy played in 14 games, starting four and making 2.5 sacks before tearing his ACL in the final game of the regular season.
After starting the 2013 season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, Worthy returned to play in just two games, making just a single tackle the entire season.
Just three years removed, the Packers' 2012 draft class has been more hits or misses. Only defensive lineman MIke Daniels and cornerback Casey Hayward have made significant contributions.
The jury is still out on former first round draft choice Nick Perry, but none of the rest of the draft class even remains in Green Bay: Jerron McMillian, Terrell Manning, B.J. Coleman and Andrew Datko.
If Worthy passes his physical, a berth would open up on the Packers' 90-man offseason roster.
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