Wide receiver-tight end Chris Harper a fourth-round draft choice coming off failed stints in Seattle and San Francisco was claimed on waivers Friday by the Green Bay Packers.

Running back Michael Hill was released to make room for Harper who becomes either the Packers' fifth wide receiver or their sixth tight end.

Harper 6 feet 0½ inches and 234 pounds was a major disappointment playing wide receiver for the Seahawks.

Seattle cut Harper the 123rd overall draft selection on Aug. 31. The only player drafted higher than Harper to be cut before opening day was quarterback Tyler Wilson (112) by Oakland.

Seattle signed Harper to its practice squad but San Francisco its NFC West rival almost immediately signed him to a three-year contract for a berth on the 53-man roster.

The 49ers envisioned Harper as another Delanie Walker (6-1 242) their former capable tight end who played wide receiver in college.

Harper practiced at tight end in San Francisco but was inactive all seven games before the 49ers gave up on him Thursday.

"I wouldn't say he's a bust but an enigma" an executive in personnel for an NFC team said Friday night. "He's very athletic. There's just not a lot of polish to him.

"Just a big raw guy who didn't get a lot of work in college because they didn't really throw. More so than anything he has talent but it's not refined. I just don't think he has a real good understanding of the passing game. They weren't real high-tech there."

Harper became the first player awarded on waivers to general manager Ted Thompson since running back Johnny White 12 months ago.

A source said both the Seahawks and 49ers had major reservations about Harper's commitment and love of football.

The 49ers guaranteed $202000 of Harper's $405000 base salary this season. The Packers assumed the three-year contract that contains minimum base salaries of $495000 in 2014 and $585000 in '15.

His signing bonus with Seattle was $412560.

Harper's 40-yard dash time of 4.51 seconds was almost the same as Walker's 4.54 when he was drafted in the sixth round out of Central Missouri State in 2006.

As a quarterback Harper played the first five games there for Oregon before transferring to Kansas State. As a three-year starter in the Wildcats' modified spread-option attack he caught 123 passes for 1734 yards (14.1) and 12 touchdowns.

One scout compared Harper's physique and style of play to former Packers wide receiver Sterling Sharpe. Anquan Boldin's name also popped up as a comparable.