Tight end Tyrone Davis also released
He was released earlier this year and signed with the Packers in hopes of re-starting a career that suffered when the downtrodden Bengals kept changing quarterbacks.
But he couldn't get started in Green Bay either in his bid to back up Brett Favre and, perhaps, eventually succeed him. Rather, Green Bay's staff settled on veteran backup Doug Pederson and former NFL Europe QB Craig Nall to fill out the depth chart.
Smith had a passer rating of 47.5 in three preseason games, completing 15-of-29 for 136 yards with one TD pass and two interceptions.
In his four-season tenure in Cincinnati, Smith started only 17 games (215 of 461 for 2,212 yards, with five TD passes and 13 interceptions). The club paid him a signing bonus of $10.8 million in 1999 and, including base salaries, invested nearly $12.1 million in four seasons.
The contract Smith signed with the Packers included a signing bonus of just $10,000 and the league's minimum base salary of $530,000 for a four-year veteran.
Pederson, 35, has been Favre's primary backup for four of the past six seasons. Nall is a second-year veteran and showed great improvement while playing in the NFL Europe League in the spring.
The Packers also cut Tyrone Davis, who started 27 games for them at tight end since 1997 and caught 71 passes for 780 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best season was in 1998, when he caught seven touchdown passes.
He has been plagued by injuries during the last several seasons and hurt a knee in this year's preseason opener and did not play since then.
Fourth-round draft pick DeAndrew Rubin, a wide receiver and kick returner, was among four first-year players released. The others were running back Keith Burnell, fullback Tommy Collins, and offensive lineman David Porter.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli was used in this report.
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