Packers Waive Former Third-Round Pick Following Suspension

Devon Platana
The Green Bay Packers have announced that they are waiving TE Jace Sternberger following his suspension.
The Green Bay Packers have announced that they are waiving TE Jace Sternberger following his suspension. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Former Green Bay Packers third-round pick Jace Sternberger's time with the team has come to an end. The Packers will release the 25-year-old tight end now that his suspension has come to an end, according to a report from NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero.

Sternberger was suspended for two games during the offseason when he violated the league's substance abuse policy. The Packers then had to decide whether or not to make room for him on the 53-man roster now that his suspension is over.

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All hope isn't lost for Sternberger, though. Packers reporter Tom Silverstein also reported that Green Bay will attempt to add the third-year TE to their practice squad if he clears waivers. That isn't a guarantee, however, it shows that the organization still values him to some degree.

Sternberger was sparesely used in his rookie season before earning a more regular role with the Packers as a sophomore in 2020. He played in 12 games for Green Bay last year, catching 80.0% of his targets (12-for-15) for 114 receiving yards and a touchdown.

While Sternberger was expected to be a big part of the Packers offense when he was originally drafted, the continued rise of Robert Tonyan bumped him down the depth chart. Tonyan had 52 receptions for 586 yards and 11 TDs last year, so it isn't hard to see why Green Bay prefers him.

The Packers will face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season. Green Bay is listed as the +150 underdog heading into the Sunday Night Football tilt, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, while San Francisco is favored at -178 odds.

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