Ex-Gophers Bennett, Lair sign with Packers

Former Gophers Duane Bennett and Eric Lair were signed by the Green Bay Packers. Bennett, a running back and Lair, a tight end were two of 14 undrafted free-agents signed by the Packers on Friday.
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Former Gophers Duane Bennett and Eric Lair were signed by the Green Bay Packers. Bennett, a running back and Lair, a tight end were two of 14 undrafted free-agents signed by the Packers on Friday.

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