Packers release Gunter, reinstate Allison


The Packers gave defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois a $250,000 signing bonus when he joined the team this offseason, but it turns out they only needed him for one game.

Gunter made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2015, and then became a starter due to all the injuries in the secondary last season. Gunter failed to record a tackle in Sunday's game, but made 67 tackles and forced two fumbles, playing in all 19 games for Green Bay last season.

Gunter's release opens a roster spot for receiver Geronimo Allison, who was activated off the suspended list.

The Green Bay Packers released a couple of defensive players on Tuesday.

Gunter was victimized continuously throughout the season and demonstrated why his 4.7 40-yard dash time was his own worst enemy in the championship game last January at Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 7:30 CDT on NBC.

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However, buried deep on the cornerback depth chart, Gunter's number was pretty easy to call for cutting by the Packers.

Releasing Francois appears to be the corresponding roster move.

The Packers signed Jean Francois in March to a single-season deal worth $2 million. Dial signed with the team after being one of the final cuts in Santa Clara.

The Packers now have five defensive linemen on the roster: Dial, Adams, Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry.