The Green Bay Packers will have a veteran backup for quarterback Aaron Rodgers after all.
They signed Seneca Wallace on Monday, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Packers hadn’t announced the deal.
Wallace, 33, was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, and coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters the longtime Seattle Seahawks backup had decided to retire.
Instead, Wallace will be on the opposite sideline when the Packers face the 49ers in Sunday’s regular-season opener.
Wallace isn’t on the team just to give information on his old team. By putting him on the roster in Week 1, they’re guaranteeing his full salary – likely the minimum – since he’s a vested veteran.
In 62 games (21 starts) over nine NFL seasons, Wallace has completed 59.2% of his passes for 4,808 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the Packers cut quarterback B.J. Coleman.
On Sunday, they signed another quarterback who’d been in 49ers camp, Scott Tolzien, to the practice squad.
Steelers sign ex-Patriots punter.
Zoltan Mesko wasn’t out of work for long.
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed the Romanian-born punter Monday, two days after his release by the New England Patriots.
Mesko, 27, had a 44.2-yard gross average and netted 39.5 on 175 punts over three seasons with the Patriots. But his net was a career-low 37.9 yards last season, with a career-high six touchbacks.
In Pittsburgh, he replaces second-year punter Drew Butler, who averaged 43.8 gross yards and 37.8 net on 77 punts for the Steelers last season.
Bills grab Leonard in a pinch.
With franchise player Jairus Byrd’s status in doubt for the opener, the Bills added some safety depth on Monday by signing veteran Jim Leonhard, who began his NFL career in Buffalo as an undrafted rookie in 2005.
Leonhard, 30, has eight interceptions in 110 career games (61 starts) over eight seasons with the Bills, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. He signed a one-year deal in April with the New Orleans Saints, who cut him Saturday.
Byrd, who sat out training camp before signing his franchise tender, told reporters on Sunday he’s dealing with plantar fasciitis and traveled to North Carolina late last week to have his injured foot examined by a specialist.
Asked on Monday if Byrd will be ready for Week 1, Bills coach Doug Marrone said, “That’s a tough call. I don’t know. I do know this — he’s working extremely hard to get healthy. … That’s more of a day to day issue right now.”.
The Bills host the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Cowboys trade TE Rosario for pick.
The Dallas Cowboys traded tight end Dante Rosario to the Chicago Bears for a 2014 seventh-round pick Monday., the team announced.
The trade is the third in the past three days for the Cowboys, who acquired defensive end Edgar Jones from the Chiefs on Saturday and traded defensive tackle Sean Lissemore to the Chargers on Sunday.
The Cowboys still have four tight ends on the roster — Jason Witten, James Hanna, Gavin Escobar and Andre Smith.
Pats change their minds on Cole.
The New England Patriots re-signed cornerback Marquice Cole and released offensive lineman Josh Kline. Cole was re-signed one day after he was released by the team.Cole has played four seasons with the New York Jets and Patriots. He played in 14 games last year in New England and finished with 12 tackles, one interception, three passes defensed and seven special teams tackles.
Kline joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Kent State in May.
Colts acquire LB from 49ers.
The Indianapolis Colts traded a conditional draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday for linebacker Cam Johnson.
Johnson, 6-3, 268 pounds, was a seventh-round draft pick in 2012 and spent the first 14 games of the year on the 49ers practice squad before being activated Dec. 22. Johnson saw action in the final two regular season games but did not record any statistics.
Panthers sign out-of-work safety.
The Carolina Panthers signed veteran safety Quintin Mikell, who had been out of work since the St. Louis Rams released him in March.
Mikell, 32, played eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before signing a four-year deal with the Rams in July 2011 that included $14 million guaranteed. He surely got much less from the Panthers, who had been using former Oakland Raiders draft pick Mike Mitchell alongside Charles Godfrey.
The Panthers coaching staff knows Mikell well – Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott coached him in Philadelphia. In 155 NFL games (91 starts), Mikell has eight sacks, 12 interceptions, 53 passes defended and 16 forced fumbles.
To clear room on the roster, the Panthers put safety Haruki Nakamura (concussion) on injured reserve.
Contributing: The Associated Press.