Agent: Packers agree to deal Jerel Worthy to New England

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The Packers have agreed to trade defensive lineman to Jerel Worthy to the Patriots, Worthy’s agent, Chafie Fields, announced on Tuesday.

The trade is contingent on Worthy, a former second-round pick, passing a physical, Fields indicated.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will send a “late-round” selection to Green Bay to complete the deal.

A third-year pro from Michigan State, the 24-year-old Worthy appeared in 14 games as a rookie for Green Bay in 2012. However, an ACL tear ended his first NFL season, and he was limited to just three games in 2013.

Worthy has been on the Packers’ non-football injury list since late July. He had offseason back surgery.

In New England, Worthy would likely figure as a defensive tackle in the club’s 4-3 scheme. He can also play end in a 3-4 front.

90 responses to “Agent: Packers agree to deal Jerel Worthy to New England

  1. Check, the Patriots will send a late round pick to Green Bay. Also, it will be difficult for him to pass the required physical.

  2. TT has not had a good streak drafting defensive linemen lately, decided to cut bait here which im surprised about becuase he usually holds on too long. Worthy couldnt stay healthy

  3. This Packer fan would really hope the Packers trade Perry for a water boy or even a ham sandwich.

    Was against the selection on draft day, still against it. Perry was too – dude’s lazy and not a good football player, much less a round 1 guy.

    I liked Worthy but Perry needs to go as well. Come on Ted, go get us a KR or a decent MLB.

  4. The Packers have more depth than they’ve had since they won the Super Bowl in 2011. There’s too much depth to keep an injury riddled player like this around. Good move.

  5. This is the second DL the Pats have traded for today. I guess Bill wasn’t happy with the results of the Skins scrimmage.

  6. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Micah Hyde… I could go on.

    The Packers have a roster largely built through the draft and Undrafted Free Agents (their reluctance to play in other areas of free agency is well known.) They also win, consistently.

    Given these facts, a person who says Ted Thompson makes poor draft picks is ill informed about football.

  7. I laugh at those who say “another TT pick that didn’t pan out”.
    As if he’s the only GM in the NFL that happens to.
    The bottom line is, the teams TT has put together during his tenure as GB’s GM have consistently been the best in the NFC North and usually make the playoffs. He also has one Super Bowl win, which is as many as Ron Wolf had in GB.
    If some Packer fans are that down on TT, they could always switch their allegiance to the Bears, Vikings, or Lions.

  8. The pats lost two D linemen to injury last week. These are just camp bodies so Wilfork and Kelly don’t have to play so much in the preseason.

  9. Obviously Minnesota didn’t want him; he currently has too much left in the tank. Everyone knows the Vikings settle for nothing less than completely empty husks of former Packer players. Season Worthy with a couple more years of riding the pine, perhaps another debilitating knee injury or two and THEN the Purple and Gold will be ready for Worthy and another turn on the Green Bay Coattail Ride.

  10. Always thought Worthy would do a lot better in the pros than he turned out. Maybe he can still blossom in NE but I wouldn’t lay money on it.

  11. A steeper fan and jets fan talking about the pats draft picks yet there teams struggle to go .500 also one team drafts Mr. Butt fumble and many other bust like Vernon Gholston Stephen hill Vladimir Duccasse future bust Dee milliner the other team is aging.

  12. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Micah Hyde… I could go on

    Please do. That is 8/22 positions, not including backups. And holding Cobb, baktari, and Hyde up as stars is ridiculous.

    Lacy had had one solitary season where the game plan had to lean on him much more due to no quarterback.

    The man has no clue on defense, it’s plain to see

    Give it a year.

  13. The only thing that could shock me is that Worthy actually passes his physical. The guy has been hurt since his rookie season and has yet to take the practice field this year.

    One thing should be obvious, he isn’t going to make the final 53 in GB so whatever they get for him is better than nothing.

  14. Its funny to find people giving “thumbs down” for someone saying that TT drafted another bust. Everybody on that offense is a product of Rodgers. TT rarely has drafted himself a great player. I mean look at there recent first round picks Perry, Sherrod, Raji, Bulaga is coming back from a ACL tear. There is also players like Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy, how many running backs did they go through to find a “capable starter”? Now they did draft Matthews and Hayward, but for the most part nothing great. Since some fans like to live in the past and brag about “My team won x amount of Super Bowls” There was also Harrell. TT is far from a great GM and has been living off of Rodgers.

  15. Hey MN trolls, if our team is made up of draft busts and our GM is crap, then how do we win the division year in, year out? You’d think our team would be as bad as yours with all those busts, but somehow we keep taking the division and making the post season. If I’m not mistaken this crazy band of misfit busts actually went 15-1 a few years back. Heck, I think we even won the super bowl a few years ago. I guess that’s because our horrible GM drafted a qb recognized as the best there is…a running back who was rookie of the year and had more td’s (and fantasy points) than AP and a consistent top 5 receiving core. You guys are dead on, they should fire TT and do it your way. The 4-12 way.

  16. “Belichick and Thompson have combined for the most draft busts over the last five seasons.”

    This is moronic. Considering the entire starting roster is built on drafted players by TT with the exception of 3 players. And they won a SB in that time frame as well.

  17. Wow New England– Those two trades probably produced your starting DLs.

    The Patriots are the thinnest team in the league. Without Brady, they’d be 3-13 this year. Seriously bad.

  18. Funny seeing Packers fans making jokes about the Vikings not going for this guy when one of Green Bay’s big offseason acquisitions was Viking failure Letroy Guion.

    How do you fix one of the worst defenses in the NFL? Sign the worst defensive lineman from the worst defense in the NFL. Good luck, Packers.

  19. Hilarious how Vikings fans criticize Belicheck and Thompson when they have Spielman. How many super bowls have the Vikings have won in the last 20 years? How many super bowls have they even been in?

  20. I wonder. If Rodgers had not fallen in the draft and we picked up a different QB where would we be now?? We would def be on the same level with the Bears and Lions. You could go on to play the what if game till you turn blue but the fact is that Ted has drafted heavily on defense the last several years and out defense still stinks. It is frustrating to see Aaron and the Offense, who I believe without Aaron would be probably as good as the bears and Lions maybe a tad bit less talented, carry the team each year since we last won the SB. Yes our defense kept us in the game some games and played respectively last playoff game but mostly have been sub par.

    Who know where we would as a franchise without 12. Maybe last season when he was hurt is indicative of what our future holds after 12.

  21. I think I read somewhere that defensive lineman and receivers have a higher percentage of busts than any other position. So I think we can cut Ted some slack on Worthy. Maybe a change of scenery will do him good.

  22. Did the Packers sell the Patriots a bill of goods?

    Did the Packers get salvage value?

    Do the Patriots think he is worth a gamble?

    Both clubs have been very wise on trades so I don’t think either is swindling the other.

    The Patriots seem more patient than the Packers with injuries.

    Considering how short most NFL careers are missing 2 seasons to injury is large percentage of a career and sizable investment by a club.

  23. Wait. A Packers high draft pick is a bust and some guys make fun of the Vikings. Wow. So dumb. What’s next? Unemployed Sconnies making fun of all the jobs in Minnesota?

  24. Viking fans talking about busts, that’s really funny and ironic. As if they wouldn’t take Ted Thompson over Rick Spielman any day of the week. Especially draft day.

  25. The best part about Vikings fans talking about Ted Thompson’s short comings as a GM is that their worthless franchise passed on the current best QB in football, Aaron Rodgers, TWICE in that draft.


  26. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh’s three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords


  27. Bridgewater>Ha ha ha Clinton Dick, Oops Dix
    Bridgewater>the whole Packers roster.
    This is why clowns in little WI need to stay in school after they reach 34 years old. LOL!!!!

  28. Lol at the Packers fan up there bragging about the David Bakhtiari pick. That dude has played like one season and he was a turnstile.

    Back to Worthy and TT though…

    Ted Thompson is the new Bill Polian. A Hall of Fame QB falls in his lap. Then He strikes gold on a handful of sneaky late round picks. And follows it up by swinging and missing on a lot of early round busts that make you shake your head. Solid body of work overall but it’s hard to call him the best GM in the NFL with all those wasted picks in the 1st and 2nd round.

  29. It warms my heart when I see Packer fans rushing to defend Ted Thompson. Their blind homer-ism prevents them from admitting to themselves what a horrible judge of talent he is, thus rewarding the rest of us by giving him a contract extension.. LOL

  30. BB stacking up on DL depth? Certainly wasn’t the strongest position for us last year. Obviously did not go addressed in the draft.

  31. It’s one of these country club deals — the elite teams watching out for each other and wanting nothing to do with the riff-raff.

    Both Packers and Pats have made the play-offs the last five years in a row.

    Despite all the cheap shots, empty predictions, and wacko analysis from the football geniuses around here, Packers’ and Patriots’ methods and systems work.

  32. The only decent pick Ted Thompson ever made was Aaron Rodgers, and he fell right into his lap. That pick has made a lot of mundane players (Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb) look very good. Clay Matthews can’t stay healthy, and TT defenders oddly haven’t mentioned the No. 5 overall pick AJ Hawk, who, as Packers beat writer Bob McGinn astutely observed last year, “is the definition of average.” The Packers lorded over a weak division for a half-dozen years, but with the emergence of the Chicago Bears, and the Minnesota Vikings re-energized with good draft picks and a new coaching staff, it appears TT muddled draft strategy is catching up with the Packers. If Rodgers goes down, the house of cards that is Green Bay will collapse. In different words, Green Bay is a one man team.

  33. I can only imagine how much more superior the Packers would be over their North Division opponents if more draft picks would pan out. I guess that is a problem other top-tier teams have as well, because no team seems to dominate anymore.

    To do well despite those setbacks speaks well of the organization and the staff. Second-tier and bottom-tier teams have no idea what that must be like. You can tell who those lower teams are by the inexperienced comments from their fans, most notably the Vikings.

  34. Steeler Nation needs to get over himself. You didn’t build this league and that’s a fact. You weren’t even part of the foundation. Your team’s not going anywhere until you get rid of your crazy coach.

  35. All of you idiots talking about how horrible TT is need to get a clue. The Packers are 86-57-1 in the regular season, 6-5 in the post season, and 1-0 in the Super Bowl since he became GM in ’05. He very rarely signs veteran free agents, and is always competitive with teams built through the draft and with un-drafted free agents. To make it all even more impressive is the fact that his teams have been so good that he is usually draft towards the end of each round. Talk all you want about TT being overrated, while us Packer fans keep enjoying winning football games on a consistent basis.

  36. The Vikings should be a dominant team considering how often they draft near the top of the order. Why isn’t that happening?

    The Packers have some draft picks that don’t work out. What teams don’t? But their consistency among all their draft picks is why they are successful.

    It’s a business. Ted is doing a great job finding players. McCarthy does a great job coaching those players. They put themselves in a position to win at the end of the season.

    They have no desire to be paper champions during the off-season, like the perennial champs, the Minnesota Vikings.

  37. So the Packers are giving New England a late round pick to take Worthy off their hands????????? I am sure that is not true but it is what the article says.

  38. “The Patriots seem more patient than the Packers with injuries. “

    See Derrick Sherrod, James Starks, and Casey Hayward.

    The Packers didn’t ‘give up’ on Worthy. The fact is, they have a too many bodies on the defensive line and not enough roster spots. They obviously like what they see in some of the other guys they brought in, so the fact that they can part ways with one and get a draft pick in the process is a plus. This was just a smart move done by two of the smartest, best run organizations in the business…

  39. I see my Packer peasants are on this topic so I will make this clear to you. Bow down at your earliest convenience..

    1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years. In Turd Thompson you cheese trolls still trust???
    2014- HE HE TIX TOX
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST (40 million dollar signing bonus!!)
    2011 – Derek Sherrod –BUST (Ted Thompson gave over 25 million up front)
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST (over 30 million at signing)
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST (Fabio is getting close)
    2008 – NO Pick (forgot to turn in draft card)
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST, (Ted is talking about bringing him back)
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST (working on an extension to play until he is 50/0 probowls)
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST (Given or 80 million dollars from shareholders)
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  40. (yawn) Here you go with the same ‘ol list of opinionated busts.

    Nothing but busts….and the Packers STILL own the Vikings, year after year. And the Vikings have much higher draft picks every year!

    How does that make you feel?

  41. As an MSU grad and Packer fan, I wasn’t happy when GB drafted Worthy. He was the benefactor of some really good players around him, and for every great play he made it looked to me like he took 3 more plays off. He never looked like more than a utility player here when he was healthy. Good riddance.

  42. Ah, of course. The pronouncements of a homer who is also a casual fan but believes himself a scholar of the game. To be fair, it does feel good be a scholar of something and the English language appears to be out of the running.

    I’m assuming you’re aware that Ted Thompson was not the Packers’ general manager until 2005? Perhaps that’s too much to assume, as you seem unable to even perform a simple google search to confirm that Carroll was taken in the ’04 draft, not the ’05 draft. So let’s look at the first couple rounds of Ted Thompson’s drafts.

    2005- Aaron Rodgers (nothing more needs to be said), Nick Collins (was a star DB, career ending neck injury).

    2006- A.J. Hawk (not a superstar, but not a bust. Serviceable ILB.), Daryn College (OG on the 2010 Superbowl roster, his skills have deteriorated over time after the Packers let him go in free agency. Otherwise known as a smart front office move.) Greg Jennings (left in free agency because the Packers had other cap space priorities, would be productive for the Vikings with a halfway competent QB.)

    2007- Justin Harrell, Brandon Jackson. This was probably TT’s worst draft. Everyone misses sometimes, and sometimes those misses happen in the same draft. However this draft did have James Jones (3rd round) and Desmond Bishop (6th round) both solid mid-level starters at their positions.

    2008- The Packers traded their first round pick to the Jets for a 2nd and a 4th. You don’t lose a pick if you forget to turn in the card, what happens is the next team in the order goes on the clock and can pick ahead of you, and then the next, and so on until you turn in your card. Please gain some actual football knowledge before speaking. On the draft itself, they took Jordy Nelson (a top 10 WR) and Jermichael Finley (likely career ending neck injury).

    2009- BJ Raji and Clay Matthews with the first rounders. If you believe they are busts you can just stop talking football with the grownups. Matthews does get injured too much, but if you have a magic formula to identify the injury bug what are you doing on the internet when you could be making bank as a consultant for NFL front offices? And Raji has a single bad season where Capers foolishly played him out of position and is suddenly a bust? Yeah, sure. I guess that means Jennings was a bust of a trade for the Vikings then too.

    2010- Brian Bulaga (injured last year, but a good OT when in), Mike Neal (solid starter, but not a superstar). They also got James Starks in the late rounds of that draft, who helped get them to the Superbowl and would be a starting RB on a number of teams.

    2011- Derek Sherrod (injured long term but now recovered, we’ll start to find out what he’s like this year), Randall Cobb. At this point the NFL rule for drafting receivers in the first three rounds should just be asking “does Ted Thompson want him?”

    2012- Starting here is where it’s absolutely absurd to label anyone a bust because these players are only now entering their third seasons. Many players don’t reach their NFL potential until year 3 or 4, which is why people who are actually educated on the game tend to say you can’t evaluate a draft until three years later. Even so, Nick Perry (more injury bug, we’ll see how he looks this year), Jerel Worthy (traded, we’ll see what Belichick can do with him), Casey Hayward (Excellent rookie campaign including 6 interceptions, but lost most of 2013 due to injury)

    2013- Datone Jones (limited snaps as a rookie because the plan was to take him as a developmental player, we’ll see how he performs this year as a full time starter), Eddie Lacy (Offensive ROY, often against defenses focused on him due to Rodgers’ injury).

    2014- Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Davante Adams. Tough to know with rookies, we’ll find out on the field depending on how much playing time they get.

    I would analyze Spielman’s drafts, but he’s only been the GM since 2012 and as I noted earlier, drafts generally can’t be fully evaluated until at least three years out.

  43. Also, the Packers are notoriously committed to building through the draft and undrafted free agency. They rarely make other kinds of moves in free agency. They also make the playoffs in most seasons, 6 of the last 9 where TT has been the GM and 15 out of the last 20. It is absurd, even nonsensical, to claim that a team that builds through the draft and consistently makes the playoffs is doing a poor job drafting.

  44. grogansheroes says:
    Aug 12, 2014 8:51 PM
    The pats lost two D linemen to injury last week. These are just camp bodies so Wilfork and Kelly don’t have to play so much in the preseason.

    You don’t give up draft picks for a camp body… Belichick would have just signed somebody off the street if he was looking for a camp body.

  45. C’mon Packer fans we are using the injury excuse waaaaaaaay too much for some of these guys. Worthy hadn’t shown anything before he got hurt. That excuse was used over and over for Justin Harrell. Yeah some of these guys got hurt and effected their long term play. Sherrod is a viable example of that school. But we just can’t throw out injury every time a guy gets hurt as the reason for a guy going bust. Perry and Worthy were busts!

  46. Bust and busted are two different things, this guy hasn’t been able to play, which stinks, because I believe the guy has gobs of talent.

    He is big and athletic, being a Badger fan I remember him giving their Oline quite a bit of trouble and a lot of those guys are in the league today.

    Its just if he stays healthy good luck on that.

  47. Belichick – made playoffs 11 of 14 seasons and only one season under 9-7, which was his first, when he had inherited a declining roster from Pete Carroll and Bobby Grier, which he gutted the following off season, and produced a Super Bowl Winner. Most NFL victories, including playoffs, in that time span as well. It that’s a BUST, sign me up.

  48. Further proof that the Packer drafts have been average at best since Schneider left for Seattle. Schneider was clearly the brains of the operation.

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