Bakers say Jonathan Abram defends exemptions

The Green Bay Packers said Jonathan Abram off waivers from the Las Vegas Raiders, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Abrams, a 2019 first-round draft pick by the Raiders, was waived on Tuesday.

The Packers lost a member of their secondary against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but it was a cornerback, Eric Stokes (ankle, knee).

Abrams was taken in the same draft as the Packers safety Darnell Savage. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry has talked about moving Savage to a slot cornerback role, but said they need a replacement at safety before he makes that move.

Abram and the Bakers are related. He played for current Packers special teams coordinator Rich Pisaccia, who helped bring in several former Raiders special teams players.

When the linebacker was out, the Packers cleared a roster spot for Abrams Carry Ration In case of injury. Carey is out for the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday’s game.

Abrams has been a starter at strong safety since being drafted, but as a new regime took over Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels, Abrams lost his starting job in Week 8 of the season. Duron Harmon. Abrams’ special teams began ramping up and he was rumored to be shopped at the trade deadline, but to no avail.

Of the 121 players who have logged at least 1,000 coverage snaps since 2019, Abrams has allowed the second-highest completion percentage as a tight end, according to NFL NextGen Stats.

Abrams, who turned 26 last month, has three career interceptions and 11 passes defensed in 36 career games, 34 starts. He had 255 tackles, 9.5 stuffs and one fumble recovery.

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ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.

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