Anthony Hargrove hinted a few days ago that he was going to sign with the Packers and the two sides have now made it official.
Hargrove tweeted the news on Thursday and the signing gives the Packers another piece that they hope can improve the pass rush from their defensive line. Hargrove has enough speed to make an impact on that front, especially as one of the team’s down linemen in nickel sets. He could also start at defensive end in the base defense as the other options on hand haven’t been difference makers to this point in their career.
“Hopefully I can be a guy that could add a bit of speed to the defensive line and add an extra dimension there,” Hargrove said to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, “I want to be an explosive playmaker and get after the passer, at the right time. When it’s time to play the run, you play run with proper technique. But I want to get after it when we convert from run to pass.”
Hargrove had three sacks for the Seahawks last season and was a major contributor to the Saints’ Super Bowl winning team in 2009. His role on that team has come under some scrutiny thanks to the bounty investigation, which led Hargrove to release a statement denying his involvement in a bounty program played a role in a late hit he gave Brett Favre during the NFC Championship Game. With penalties to players still believed to be forthcoming, it’s not known if Hargrove will get any punishment from the league office.
The Packers also had defensive end Dave Tollefson in for a visit this week as part of their quest to upgrade the defensive line.