The Green Bay Packers have invited former BYU defensive lineman Matt Putnam to their minicamp starting May 11. Putnam has not signed a free agent contract with the team but will go to the three-day minicamp seeking the chance to join the Packers’ preseason camp this summer.
The 6-foot-6, 298-pound native of Brigham City, Utah, recorded 70 tackles, including 11 tackles-for-loss and five sacks, while helping BYU achieve a 38-14 record from 2008-2011, including three bowl victories. BYU's defense ranked No. 24 (2010) and No. 13 (2011) in the nation the past two seasons. Utilizing his large frame, Putnam added one interception and 13 pass breakups as a defensive end for the Cougars.
The most recent collective bargaining agreement increased the number of NFL offseason roster spots by 10, allowing teams to expand their preseason camp rosters to 90.
Putnam was a two-time all-state honoree and Region 4 Defensive Most Valuable Player out of Box Elder High School prior to his college career at BYU.