AP Source: Packers trade for Jaguars S Smith

The Green Bay Packers acquired safety Anthony Smith in a trade
with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, a person with knowledge of
the deal told The Associated Press.

The person, who requested anonymity because the deal has not
been announced, said the Jaguars will receive a conditional
seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Smith. The deal was
reported by ESPN earlier Sunday night.

It will be Smith’s second stint in Green Bay. The Packers signed
him as a free agent in 2009 but cut him before the start of the
season, a move that was publicly criticized at the time by veteran
cornerback Charles Woodson.

It was a much-needed move this time around for the Packers
(3-3), who came into the season with Super Bowl expectations but
have been hit hard by injuries at several positions and now have
lost two straight games in overtime.

Green Bay lost at Washington last week and was beaten at home by
Miami on a field goal Sunday.

Veteran safety Atari Bigby began the season on the
reserve/physically unable to perform list for the Packers after
having ankle surgery at the beginning of training camp.

He was replaced by rookie Morgan Burnett, a third-round draft
pick out of Georgia Tech, but Burnett tore his anterior cruciate
ligament in a victory over Detroit earlier this month. Backup
Derrick Martin also is on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Bigby is eligible to come off the PUP list this week, as is
cornerback Al Harris, who is recovering from last year’s
season-ending knee injury. But the trade for Smith could be an
indication that Bigby might not be ready to play right away.

Smith started three games for Jacksonville at strong safety this
season – all wins. He missed two games with turf toe.

His best game came against Indianapolis two weeks ago, when he
made two potential touchdown-saving plays. He forced a fumble at
the 10-yard line and picked off a pass at the 4.

The Jaguars have overhauled their secondary since training camp.
They traded Reggie Nelson to Cincinnati, re-signed Gerald Alexander
after releasing him and now parted ways with Smith.

Smith became expendable when the team started grooming former
cornerback Don Carey to play safety. Carey played well in limited
action there last week at Buffalo.

The Jaguars could have Carey and strong safety Courtney Greene –
both second-year players – in the starting lineup Monday night
against Tennessee.

AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this report.