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Packers sign Janis, agree with Abbrederis, cut Nixon

May 14, 2014 -- 5:16pm
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Jeff Janis was the first Packers draft pick to sign Wednesday, while Jared Abbrederis agreed to terms, too.

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers have already signed their first draft pick, three days after picking him.

According to the official NFL transaction wire, the Packers signed seventh-round pick Jeff Janis, a wide receiver from Saginaw Valley State, on Wednesday. Terms weren’t immediately available, but Janis was the 236th overall pick, and last year’s 236th pick, Chicago wide receiver Marquess Wilson, signed a four-year, $2.208 million contract that included a $47,592 signing bonus.

The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, meanwhile, reported that fifth-round pick Jared Abbrederis, a wide receiver from Wisconsin, had also come to terms, but Abbrederis’ signing was not on the official transaction wire. Per Wilson, Abbrederis received a four-year, $2.364 million deal that included a $144,560 signing bonus

In one other transaction, the Packers released cornerback James Nixon, who was with the team for the past two seasons on the practice squad and 53-man roster, after he failed his physical. Nixon battled a knee injury all of last year and wound up on injured reserve because of it, but it was not known if the knee injury was the reason he flunked his physical.

Later Wednesday evening, the Packers officially announced Janis' signing and Nixon's release. They also announced that they'd signed undrafted free agent offensive lineman John Fullington. Abbrederis' deal was not announced.

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