|Packers to cut ties with receiver Ferguson|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 16 August 2007 16:58|
He said the team has decided to cut ties with the seven-year veteran, although he didn't say how that would be accomplished.
Ferguson, a second-round selection of the Packers in the 2001 draft, wasn't on the practice field for the second of Thursday's two practices.
``Robert will no longer be a Packer. We're going to go another direction,'' McCarthy said.
Asked if Ferguson would be traded, McCarthy responded, ``Possible.''
The team also could release Ferguson, who is under contract through 2008.
``We're actually talking to a few teams about Robert. That's where we're at with him,'' McCarthy said. ``So, we asked him not to practice this evening. We'll have a decision on exactly what his future is in the morning.''
Ferguson started 26 games in six seasons, but injuries kept him from staying healthy for a full season in recent years. The only year he played all 16 games was 2002.
He had a career-high 38 catches and four touchdowns in 2003, when he started 12 games.
M standout suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 4 last year. He was lost to a knee injury in the final weeks of the 2005 season.
The most notable setback came late in 2004.
Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius laid out Ferguson with a clothesline hit as the receiver caught a pass from Brett Favre at Lambeau Field. Ferguson temporarily lost feeling in his extremities and was taken to a Green Bay hospital.
Ferguson suffered head and neck injuries and didn't play the rest of that season.
The Packers had signed Ferguson to a four-year contract extension before the 2004 season.
On Thursday, he participated in the early walk-through portion of Green Bay's morning practice but was held out of the subsequent drills.
McCarthy said he met with Ferguson at 5 p.m. Thursday and informed him of the decision.
``Just like I told him today, I think Robert Ferguson's a talented young man,'' McCarthy said. ``I thought he busted his (butt) the whole time he was here. I thought he was a true professional. But, we've gone in another direction. ... We're just moving on with the other guys.''
Ferguson entered training camp faced with competition from several young receivers on the roster.
Donald Driver and Greg Jennings are the incumbent starters. James Jones, a third-round draft pick this year, has been impressive early in the preseason and appears to be the top candidate to win the No. 3 receiver spot.
The Packers figure to keep five or six receivers entering the season next month.
``We feel good about what the other guys are doing,'' McCarthy said. ``I think Ruvell Martin's had an excellent camp. I think Carlyle Holiday has had a very good camp, and I think he really stepped out on special teams (in the first preseason game).
``As you get down the line, particularly in any position groups, the special teams are going to factor. That's every position.''
Ferguson had two catches in the preseason opener, a 13-9 win at Pittsburgh.