Morgan Burnett agrees to 4-year deal with Green Bay Packers

Former Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Green Bay Packers

Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett meets the press after his pro day workout. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)
Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett meets the press after his pro day workout. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

today, according to his agent Kevin Conner.

Burnett, who played at North Clayton High,  was selected in the third round by the Packers. During some of the offseason workouts, he lined up with the first team defense and is believed to have a chance to start as a rookie.

The Packers are set to play the Falcons this season at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 28

“Yeah, I look forward to that,” Burnett said. “It will give my my parents a chance to see me. But I’m just looking forward to just really going into camp and physically be a part of the NFL. It’s like a dream come true.  I want to try my best to play as long as I can.”

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Tale of Woe

July 16th, 2010
3:41 pm

Slow news day? You couldn’t even get a blog out about Meier signing his deal? :(

(C’mon put a smile on! Meier story was on Tuesday. Updated that one. — dol)

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GT Fan

July 16th, 2010
3:42 pm

Congrats to you Morgan. Do the Jackets proud!


July 16th, 2010
3:47 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 16th, 2010
3:49 pm

tale of woe — TOLD YOU MEIER WAS CLOSE ON TUESDAY. JUST updated MY story.

Anything but a slow news day. Wrote NFLagents/Labor story, broke Burnett story (he is a College Park native) and finished Sunday story.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

hiramsaint — You can go back to sleep!


July 16th, 2010
3:51 pm

Good luck to him…………….

Falcons 4 Life

July 16th, 2010
3:54 pm

Way to go Morgan! Make us proud in Green Bay. We will root for you, as long as you don’t beat the Falcons!

Tale of Woe

July 16th, 2010
3:55 pm

Ha! Ok – you did write that it was about to be done on Tuesday. You get credit for that!

How about the Browns are 1 week away from Training Camp – meaning everyone else is soon to follow!

How about an article that Geno Atkins signed his contract?

Tech Guy

July 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

Morgan Burnett was one of the best defensive backs to ever play on the Flats. Another great Gaily recruit.


July 16th, 2010
4:13 pm

Not better than Ken Swilling.

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July 16th, 2010
5:00 pm

Way to go Morgan, hope you dont get butterfingers on fourth down very often!!! HEHEHE!!!

[...] [Packers] Packers Sign S Morgan Bennett To A Four-Year Contract The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with third-round draft pick safety Morgan Bennett according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This coming from his agent Kevin Conner. The former Goergia Tech Yellow Jacket lined up with the first team defense in some of the offseason workots and is thought to have a good chance to start for the Packers. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports he will receive the standard base salaries of $320,000, $405,000, $490,000 and $575,000 as well as a slotted signing bonus and a fourth-year escalator clause that can significantly boost the maximum value of the deal. For his career, Burnett posted 235 tackles with 14 interceptions and 13 pass deflections. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

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Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
6:03 pm

Orangutang – I don’t thing Morgan Bennett has ever dropped a pass on 4th down. This should remind you of his ball catching skills as a safety

Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
6:04 pm

Oops – should have “think” not “thing”


July 16th, 2010
8:36 pm

Hey Orlando-
Should we should presume that this 4 year contract has no mention of Morgan and RED PANTIES!!!! Thank God for that!


July 16th, 2010
11:29 pm

So, what ya sayin’ Tech Guy, Gailey guy, 6-5, lose to ug, what,7 yrs. in a row, lose on a blue field, often. He deserves our respect? My ass!


July 17th, 2010
1:08 am

Nice another Tech alum making noise in the majors. It seems like the MLB, NBA, NFL, and PGA are loaded with Yellow Jackets and they actually accomplish a lot in each respective sport…such as being all stars, winning events, and making important plays to help their team win. I sense a little envy from the doggies…very proud of the professional athletes GT has produced in the last decade…its been special watching them all reach for professional success…of course you guy wouldn’t understand because most of you have accomplished nothing with your sad lives. GO Jackets! and good luck to Morgan…at least Tech fans dont rip UGA pros like Matt Stafford…I think the kid has a bright future…keep it classy dogs.


July 17th, 2010
1:18 am

Here are just a few names…Mark Teixeira( one of the best 1st baseman in the Majors)….Chris Bosh (in the top two at the PF position in the NBA..perennial all star)…Calvin Johnson(very good NFL wide out that is compared to Moss by many analyst….already producing good numbers with atrocious QB play in Detroit)….Stewart Cink (2009 British Open winner) just to name a few. Its honestly crazy that a school with only 13000 students produces so many successful pros…we have a lot to be proud of. Not to mention a first round draft pick in the three major sports this year…Deck McGuire (11th pick in MLB draft)….Demaryius Thomas(number one receiver in NFL draft)…Derrick Morgan(13th overall pick in NFL draft)….Derrick Favors( Number 3 pick in the NBA draft)….sorry didn’t mean to brag…but its hard with that kind of success. Its great to be a Yellow Jacket!


July 17th, 2010
1:24 am

oldandntheway…Gailey never finished with less than 7 wins…not that Tech fans were content with that. In fact GT has not finished with less than seven wins since 1996. They are in fact tied with UGA with a 13 year bowl steak…at least know what your talking about before posting.

bitter thuga fan

July 17th, 2010
5:13 am

ya what every, we had the first black player way before tech so put that in your pipe and choke on it techies


July 17th, 2010
7:39 am

Forget the carping….It will be a pleasure to watch Burnett play anywhere. He may not have the size of a Swilling…but he is one of the fastest safeties I have ever seen come out of Georgia Tech. And the HANDS….the guys got bug fingers. The ball just clings. Really wished we had him as a Falcon corner. Green Bay will allow him to shine!


July 17th, 2010
7:46 am

before anyone corrects me…Derrick Morgan wast the 16th pick…not the 13th.

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Thomas (Tom) Fullery

July 17th, 2010
7:57 am

This once again proves that GT players do much better in the pros than UGA’s overhyped, undercooked product. This is true not just in sports but in other professions as well


July 17th, 2010
9:32 am

Did you forget BIG PLAY Willie Clay at New England? I think he is the best Dback from GT you have to think about Don Bessilliue for Miami too. Like Eddie Lee Iveory and Dorcey Levens I hate it for you Morgan having to wear that GOD awful G on their helmet. Well, at least you are getting paid to wear that G.

Mike Jay

July 17th, 2010
9:59 am

Tech has put out some good quality players but UGA still outclasses them in the NFL. I will just list a few of the ‘great’ ones.

Fran Tarkenton
Champ Bailey
Herschel Walker
Marcus Stroud
Richard Seymour
Hines Ward

I could go on and on and on. 45 players from UGA were on NFL rosters last season.

Tech has them beat in other sports for sure. Baseball especially.
Regarding the NBA… Who would be Techs best player of all time? Bosh?, maybe Marburry? UGA is easy, Dominique Wilkens and a bunch of chumps since then :)

Good luck to Morgan, he seems like a good kid.


July 17th, 2010
10:20 am

Congrats, Morg, you will be a superstar someday!


July 17th, 2010
11:03 am

Mike Jay and TECH has 30 players on NFL rosters and they didn’t take basketball 101 classes either or major in PE, Teaching, or Urban & Housing Developement. UGA football turns out players or dropouts or government employees. Great the Tax payer is on the hook for more than 98% of the money UGA players will make in the future.


July 17th, 2010
11:54 am

Mike thanks for showing class. I agree that UGA has turned out some fine NFL players. Tech has produced some great ones too. They both make the state proud in that regard. Its rare to meet dog fans like you. As for the NBA I would say it has to be Chris Bosh or Mark Price so far…Marbury had the potential to be the best PG of all time but he had a bad attitude and ruined his career. The best baseball player in Tech history is a harder question…It has to be Jason Varitek or Nomar Garciaparra….I guess Nomar gets the nod since he has a .313 career batting average in the MLB. On the topic of Morgan Burnett…I really think he will be a starter in Green Bay by next year…he is a natural ball hawk.


July 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

Oh and best golfer has to be Bobby Jones…with David Duval in second.


July 17th, 2010
12:04 pm

wiley: don’t forget Kevin Brown

Paul in RDU

July 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

Mike Jay – Don’t forget Charlie Trippi – one of 2 ex-UGA players (with Tarkenton) in Canton.
GT has 2 also.
I think Herschel should be in the HOF – it’s called the “Pro Football Hall of Fame” not the “NFL Hall of Fame”. He had a great career in the NFL and if you add his yards in the USFL it becomes a no-brainer. I think he is penalized for the infamous trade between the Cowboys and the Vikings.

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Mattie ICE ICE baby

July 17th, 2010
1:17 pm


Coach Jackson

July 17th, 2010
1:36 pm

Congratulations to UNO for the signing of his contract. Its great to see this young man going as far as he has. As a sophomore in HS, we knew he would make it to play on Saturdays AND Sundays as long as he kept himself out of trouble.

The Southside of metro-Atlanta has produced quality Defensive Backs (Eric Berry & Morgan Burnett) and another good one (Adam Jones) and will produce another in the league next year FSU’s Terrance Parks.

Mike Jay

July 17th, 2010
2:45 pm

Thanks for the compliments. i am huge UGA fan and alum but born and raised in ATL and grew up going to tech games so i never bought into the old fashioned hate nonsense.
How could I forget mark Price! Great player and man.
I would give the nod to Nomar over Varitek. Though Texira cold pass them both.

I love the fact Tech’s Football program is on the rise. It’s good for both schools to keep it a healthy and even rivalry. PJ is a fine coach and when that offense is clicking it’s helluva lot of fun to watch.

Your comments made little to no sense in regard to the context of the discussion, but congratulations on making yourself look like a jackass.


Forgot Trippi and a ton of others :) Al lthe ones i listed have a good shot at the HOF imo and yes Walker should be in there but the NFL is still embarrassed an upstart league stole so many good players.

On topic:

Agree with wiley, Burnett will get a great shot at starting. Packers are extremely young at safety and he is a playmaker.

BS Patrol

July 18th, 2010
1:14 am

Tech Man is an idiot because he is in reality a buttsniffer in diguise. Morgan Burnett wouldn’t make the top 10. I certainly wish him well by all means.

BS Patrol

July 18th, 2010
7:52 am

I meant Tech Guy. Catchy name, BTW.


July 18th, 2010
11:55 pm

Hows the Weatherspoons negotiations going? Thats what I wanna know as a Falcons fan!!!!

Old Gold Britches

July 19th, 2010
8:45 am

Congrats to Morgan Burnett! Stay healthy, and you will be a factor for a long time!

Darryl H

July 19th, 2010
7:03 pm

They’ll sign him to six year deal when that findout what a steal they got !

Darryl H

July 19th, 2010
7:09 pm

I agree with you “Wiley” it’s rare to have a UGA fan agree to anything with a Tech fan and they do(both schools) make this state proud.


July 19th, 2010
7:48 pm

Good luck Morgan . FLAT SHOALS PARK !!!!

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