Packers release WR Colby Pearson

-- The Green Bay Packers will have one less wide receiver fighting for a roster spot this summer.

On Wednesday, the team announced they had released Colby Pearson, an undrafted receiver out of BYU whose absence in OTAs this past month may have been the primary motivator behind his release.

A hamstring injury is reportedly what limited Pearson in the Packers' last two public OTA practices. His injury along with the fact that three other receivers were added via the draft back in April and Pearson had a pretty steep hill to climb in making the roster.

Pearson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Packers last June, then waived by the end of August. He was signed to the practice squad near the end of the season and eventually to a reserve/future contract with the team in January.

The Packers have yet to make a corresponding transaction -- if they choose to -- but Pearson's release leaves them with 88 players on their roster. 10 of them are receivers.

Mandatory minicamp begins in less than a week.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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4thand1's picture

June 06, 2018 at 05:22 pm

who?

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cnordeen's picture

June 06, 2018 at 05:26 pm

A $480,000 who. Wowza. I forget how much even the lowest players make.

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JerseyAl's picture

June 06, 2018 at 05:42 pm

I was equally surprised by that amount.

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The TKstinator's picture

June 06, 2018 at 06:45 pm

Most of us have to work two or even three years to make that much.

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Oppy's picture

June 07, 2018 at 01:50 am

It's a joke, people!

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The TKstinator's picture

June 07, 2018 at 05:33 am

Whoa!
Tough crowd out there!

How about:

How on earth can the cheeseheads get rid of Colby?

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HankScorpio's picture

June 06, 2018 at 06:18 pm

Can't get around the old minimum wage, Mortimer.

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Lare's picture

June 06, 2018 at 07:36 pm

Anyone working minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) would have to work over 31 years to make $480,000.

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HankScorpio's picture

June 06, 2018 at 08:21 pm

It's good to be a football player, even at the lowest levels of the pay scale, right? I sure wouldn't mind trading places with them.

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The TKstinator's picture

June 07, 2018 at 06:21 am

(To Lare)
So you’re saying there’s a chance...

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Gianich's picture

June 06, 2018 at 09:54 pm

"We're back!"

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I bleed green more's picture

June 06, 2018 at 10:13 pm

Much better than fast food minimum wage.

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I bleed green more's picture

June 06, 2018 at 10:13 pm

Much better than fast food minimum wage.

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Since'61's picture

June 06, 2018 at 09:44 pm

Another one bites the dust. Thanks, Since '61

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Johnblood27's picture

June 06, 2018 at 10:42 pm

That destroys my roster predictions...

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Oppy's picture

June 07, 2018 at 01:54 am

What's crazy is less than ten years ago the league minimum was $325k.

30% increase in league minimum is pretty astronomical. Good for them. Players generate big money for the league, as a rule don't have guaranteed contracts, and shorten their lives playing the game.

They should get everything they can.

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fastmoving's picture

June 07, 2018 at 05:47 am

if you take a 2,0 percent invlation rate in 10 years ist about 25 percent more. so its bassically not much more then the invlations rate......

far from astronomical

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Oppy's picture

June 08, 2018 at 04:29 am

Fastmoving, I would agree, except most people's wages haven't kept up with inflation- certainly not the majority who make up the working class and poor unfortunately. Federal minimum wage being a prime example of serious lag behind inflation.

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dobber's picture

June 07, 2018 at 07:23 am

We're talking about almost a 50% increase here (1/2 x $325k = $163k; $163k + $325k = $488k), which I would love to see in my industry.

I agree with you: this is a success of the CBA. The lowest wage earners, many of whom have limited financial/earning options away from football (and you mention their short shelf lives), are benefitting.

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Oppy's picture

June 08, 2018 at 04:31 am

You are absolutely correct on the math, I was lazy just thinking roughly 100k more, but yeah, my maths were horrible here.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

June 08, 2018 at 09:28 am

The minimum was $310K in 2009 and 10 years later, in 2018, it is $480K. That's a 55% increase, or 4.47% compounded annually. Not too many occupations whose entry-level wage increased that much.

If you were a long snapper who got his job at the minimum of $310K in 2009 and are still on the team (no promotions, so to speak) in 2018, that long snapper now earns $1.015M. That is a 327% raise over 10 years, or 12.6% compounded annually.

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Oppy's picture

June 07, 2018 at 01:56 am

WR P. Yorick was released today...

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Iain's picture

June 07, 2018 at 02:01 am

Alas

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

June 07, 2018 at 06:29 am

I knew him, Horatio...I mean Vrog.

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Tingham's picture

June 07, 2018 at 10:28 am

So I guess no Colby Cheese jokes.

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LambeauPlain's picture

June 07, 2018 at 01:01 pm

Seems clear Colby could not “cut” it.

OK, I will stop now.

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Oppy's picture

June 08, 2018 at 04:33 am

We're far more cultured than this.

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dobber's picture

June 08, 2018 at 05:01 am

Whey more cultured...

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snowdog's picture

June 07, 2018 at 01:30 pm

Who cut the cheese ? Um ...Limburger did.

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Tundraboy's picture

June 08, 2018 at 11:43 am

Hell of an internship.

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