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Green Bay Packers Release Anthony Hargrove: Fan’s Take

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The Green Bay Packers have gotten an early start with trimming their roster to 75 players. has reported that the Packers have released Anthony Hargrove on August 24, 2012. Howard Balzer of The SportsXchange had originally reported this information via Twitter.

The Packers signed Hargrove to a one-year contract this past offseason. That was before he was hit with an eight-game suspension for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty system. The Packers had rarely used Hargrove in training camp because of his lack of availability to begin the season.

Hargrove was trying to play for his third team in three seasons. The eight-year veteran spent the 2011-12 NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks. Through 15 games, Hargrove had 18 tackles and three sacks. That was his third-highest total of sacks that he has registered in a season.

The release is somewhat surprising when one considers that Hargrove wouldn't have counted against the 53-man roster. The Packers could've kept him as an insurance policy for their defensive line at the midway point of the season. Hargrove wouldn't have been available until their Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

There are two ways to look at this. The Packers were either satisfied with what they have or they weren't impressed with Hargrove. He was a low-risk signing that basically cost them nothing. This could be an interesting topic to bring up if there are issues (or injuries) with the defensive line in Week 9.

Daniel Muir has made Hargrove more expendable following his impressive training camp. Muir is expected to be the backup nose tackle to B.J. Raji. However, it should be noted that Muir has one-half of a sack in 43 career regular-season games.

The Packers will enter this season with a defensive-line rotation that will includes (but isn't limited to) Ryan Pickett, B.J. Raji, Jerel Worthy, Daniel Muir and Mike Daniels. The Packers continue to soften the sting that was felt from the departure of Cullen Jenkins. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Jenkins in 2011.

On a side note, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had reportedly told that Hargrove's suspension will start with Week 1 games, regardless of whether he is signed or not.

The Packers also released Andrew Brewer, Micah Pellerin, Herb Taylor and Dion Turner. The most-notable name on that list is Taylor. His release was expected after his disappointing performance in the preseason opener.

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