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Packers Hosted RB Christine Michael & OT Byron Bell For Visits

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Packers hosted free agent RB Christine Michael and OT Byron Bell for visits on Wednesday.

The Packers are surprisingly much more active this year in terms of targeting free agents. They signed Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks a few weeks ago and are also meeting with DL Ricky Jean Francois.

Bell, 28, originally signed on with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico back in 2011. He played out his rookie contract with the Panthers before signing a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Titans back in March of last year that included $650,000 guaranteed.

Bell, unfortunately, missed the entire 2016 season after he sustained a dislocated ankle last summer and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.

In 2015, Bell appeared in all 16 games for the Titans and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 38 offensive tackle out of 77 qualifying players that season.

Michael, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2013. He was traded to the Cowboys at the start of the season for a conditional seventh-round pick.

He was in the third year of his four-year, $3.374 million rookie contract when the Cowboys cut him last year. After clearing waivers, the Redskins signed him to their practice squad before releasing him in December.

The Seahawks elected to bring Michael back in 2015 and he later returned to Seattle on a one-year, $765,000 contract. Unfortunately, the Seahawks cut him loose during the season and he was later claimed off of waivers by the Packers.

In 2016, Michael appeared in 15 games between the Seahawks and Packers and rushed for 583 yards on 148 carries (3.9 YPC) to go along with 22 receptions for 107 yards receiving and eight total touchdowns.