Packers sign defensive lineman Quinton Dial

Team releases Christian Ringo to make room

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers announced they signed defensive lineman Quinton Dial Tuesday. As a result, the team released DT Christian Ringo to free up space on the 53-man roster.

Like fellow former 49ers free agent OLB Ahmad Brooks, who is also now a Packer, Dial is best-suited for a 3-4 system like defensive coordinator Dom Capers runs. With the release of Letroy Guion and the shaky preseason health of Dean Lowry, Ted Thompson snatched up a five-technique player who can bolster depth on the line.

San Francisco selected Dial, 27, in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then, the Alabama product has notched 126 total tackles (78 solo) and 4.5 sacks through 46 games played. In 14 games last year, Dial recorded 36 tackles - 24 of them solo.

Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who played at Alabama with Dial, expressed excitement about the addition Tuesday as well.

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