Ryan Pickett

Out of the 53 players on the squad of the Green Bay Packers for the 2013 NFL season, only two of them have actually taken snaps for other teams around the league during their careers – Ryan Pickett, the defensive tackle, who used to play for the St. Louis Rams, and John Kuhn, a fullback who played his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Packers are known for relying on draft picks instead of free agency, but this is something special. Maybe free agents do have a tendency to ignore, or look less fondly at Green Bay because they don’t want to play in Wisconsin during the Winter, but the Packers aren’t an organization that’s a bottom feeder or struggling to find success. They won the Super Bowl after the 2010 season, and have made the playoffs in the two seasons that followed.

During their Super Bowl three years ago they weren’t quite as “homey”, and yet it was still rare to find a player on the squad that actually played anywhere else: FB John Kuhn, LB Matt Wilhelm, CB Charles Woodson, S Charlie Peprah, DT Ryan Pickett, LB Erik Walden, LB Brandon Chillar, DT Howard Green, S Anthony Smith. That makes 43 out of 52 Packers-only players on the squad.

Even Kuhn didn’t actually get too much playing time in Pittsburgh. Drafted in 2006, he signed with the Packers the next season and has played in 92 games for them ever since. Pickett, a 12-year veteran in the NFL, spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the St. Louis Rams. In 2006 he moved to the Packers, starting 97 times for the team ever since, and playing 16 more times for them in the playoffs.

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