Canadian DB Tyrell Ford waived by Green Bay Packers

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Canadian defensive back Tyrell Ford has been waived the Green Bay Packers, per source. He can be claimed by any other team in the NFL over the next two days. If he clears through waivers, the Packers could add him to their practice roster.

The 25-year-old signed with the Packers after working out for six NFL teams this past off-season, including Green Bay, Denver, New England, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and the L.A. Chargers. He had previously attended rookie mini-camps with Pittsburgh and the New York Jets in 2022 before signing his first CFL contract.

Ford was a second-round pick in the 2022 CFL Draft out of the University of Waterloo. He recorded three defensive tackles, three knockdowns, and 10 special teams tackles over 18 regular season games with the Blue Bombers, making one start at field-side cornerback. He was released by the team in January in order to allow him to sign with Green Bay.

The five-foot-eleven, 188-pound cover man was a standout at the University at Buffalo pro day in March 2022, recording a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, 36.5-inch vertical, 126-inch broad jump, and 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also attended the CFL Combine where he ran a 4.42-second forty-yard dash, 7.03-second three-cone drill, and 4.27-second shuttle.

The native of Niagara Falls, Ont. was a three-time OUA all-star and two-time second-team All-Canadian while playing for the Waterloo Warriors in U Sports. He made 72 defensive tackles, six interceptions, and 20 knockdowns over the course of his career along with 1,872 return yards and three punt return touchdowns.

The CFL’s NFL window dictate that Ford will need to sign back with the Blue Bombers if he returns to the CFL before February 2025, which is when his original rookie contract would have expired.

NFL teams must finalize their roster cuts by 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.