Alex Green Released by Green Bay Packers, Reportedly Claimed by New York Jets

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 28:  Alex Green #20 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field on October 28, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Alex Green is no longer a member of the Green Bay Packers. The running back took to Twitter to thank the fans for their support after news of his release Saturday:


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 1, at 1:35 p.m. ET

Agent Michael Hoffman announced that the Jets were awarded the rights of Alex Green:

Green confirmed he was set to join up with the Jets Sunday morning:

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Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin had previously reported that the team had decided to part ways with the team's 2011 third-round selection:

Green appeared in 16 games over two seasons with the Packers. He rushed for 475 yards and added 131 in receiving yards out of the backfield while serving mostly in a backup role.

Green's lack of explosiveness didn't fit the high-powered Green Bay offense well. He did lead the team in rushing this preseason, but even so, he averaged just over three yards per carry and didn't do enough to show the team he deserved a spot on the final 53-man roster.

As is often the case, it was a numbers game. The Packers used two picks on running backs in this year's draft, selecting Eddie Lacy out of Alabama in the second round and UCLA product Johnathan Franklin in the fourth round.

Following Alex Green's release, James Starks and fullback John Kuhn are the other main backfield options left on the roster. However, more changes could be coming after the dust settles from all the cuts around the NFL, of course.