The Packers don’t plan to release tight end Andrew Quarless despite his weekend arrest, sources tell Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Quarless is in the second year of a two-year, $3MM contract and is expected to compete for the starting job with second-year tight end Richard Rodgers.
Quarless reportedly fired a pair of rounds following an argument with two women at a South Beach parking garage. When police pursued the vehicle he was riding in, the 26-year-old tried to hide outside a restaurant and conceal his weapon in a potted plant. The gun, a source tells Demovsky, was legally registered to Quarless.
The league’s new Personal Conduct Policy could result in paid leave (“pending the resolution of these charges and the imposition of league discipline”) and a subsequent unpaid suspension for Quarless, but the Packers apparently won’t bail on him. The Penn State alum was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. In four seasons (he missed the 2012 season with a knee injury), Quarless has compiled 85 receptions for 909 yards few six touchdowns. In 2014, he set career highs in yards (323), touchdowns (three), and first downs (20).