Will John Kuhn Return to the Packers?

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  1. Savage57
    March 12, 2013

    Agree 100% on the way too predictable 3rd and short dive plays and baby draws that MM thinks still work. Everyone within 100 miles of the stadium, even if they’re not watching the game and totally involved in something else, get this tingling feeling on the back of their neck and then realize, “yup, McCarthy just ran Kuhn into the backs of the OL on 3rd down for no gain”.

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  2. Ron LC
    March 12, 2013

    The incremental savings of replacing Kuhn would probably be $1 to $1.5 mil. Then you don’t know if the replacement can provide the versatility that Kuhn does until he plays. So, there’s a risk cost that has to be factored in. Adding all this uncertainty together and I don’t see the Packers releasing him.

    If they need “CAP” space urgently it’s going to be Hawk and Finley that will be adjusted.

    By the way the Packers offered the minimum tender to protect EDS. If he gets anything higher than what the Packers believe he’s worth it’s Center need time for the draft.

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    • Adam Czech
      March 12, 2013

      Perhaps insted of cutting Kuhn, Thompson decided to risk giving EDS the lowest tender and trying to save about $700,000 that way.

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      • Scott 1956
        March 12, 2013

        Now we’ll see about EDS. There are teams that need a center. They can get him cheap. And if some team offers just half a million more, EDS will be gone. My guess is that nobody will offer him a contract.

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  3. BubbaOne
    March 12, 2013

    I advocated jettisoning Kuhn last off season. He did play better than I thought he would especially on ST but it’s time. He’ll be 31 at the start of the season, his play has gone down, and TT can save $2M+ if he brings in a rookie (maybe Lonnie Pryor in round 6) to replace him.

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  4. Ron LC
    March 12, 2013

    Just heard – Shields is getting a 2nd round tender.

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  5. Lou
    March 12, 2013

    Based on knowing Starks will get injured again, Green’s lack of instinct, and Harris’s short time in the offense it is a good bet that Kuhn stays another season as someone who can fill in as a RB for short periods. In addition because they lack an average blocking TE that could replace him as an H back on passing downs this adds to his value as well. Crabtee “looks” like a solid blocking TE but was ranked low by Pro Football Focus and we know Finley can’t block and Williams is too small (beside like Finley having questionable hands). Kuhn does not look pretty but he gets into the end zone on offense, plays on all special team units, and never leaves anything on the field (a throw back to the 60′s full backs).

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  6. Chad Toporski
    Chad Toporski
    March 12, 2013

    This might be strange to say, but I think McCarthy almost puts too much emphasis on pass blocking. He seems afraid to put other options in on third downs, which really limits the playbook. Kuhn actually does a nice job catching checkdowns and making something out of them, as well as being stubborn as hell in pushing the pile, but he’s limited as a fullback and doesn’t quite have the set of qualities that make a great third down back.

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  7. ThomasMagnumPI
    ThomasMagnumPI
    March 12, 2013
  8. Mike Sherman
    March 12, 2013

    exactly, having kuhn limits what the offense can do. i’m still shocked when i see how slow he is running in the open field. still, kuhn would be difficult to replace because of what he brings to the table. worth the salary for another year but i would rather see the team carry 2 fullbacks so that they can start training our FB of the future.

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  9. BubbaOne
    March 12, 2013

    In reading David Syvertsen’s piece at Great Blue North on LeVeon Bell a thought came to mind. He struggles w/ lateral runs, locating holes and making quick decisions but he’s very good at pass blocking and receiving. If he can add 10-15 lbs to his 6-1 230 lb frame maybe he could be one helluva FB. Thoughts?

    Le’Veon Bell – Michigan State – 6’1/230
    Finishes with the second highest overall grade at the RB position. Struggles with the lateral runs and will struggle to locate holes. Should be a better runner that what I see on tape. He has a lot of tools. Physical, quick, agile hips. Doesn’t seem to have that savvy, quick decision making ability though. As a receiver, Bell is very underrated. He catches the ball better than some tight ends and receivers. Strong, sure hands. 67 catches over final two seasons at MSU. On top of that, a top tier pass blocker. Probably the one guy in this class I would trust right away in that role. A lot of value here because of everything he can do.

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  10. Lars1
    March 12, 2013

    I think Kuhn sticks one more year at that price. If the Packers can overpay Finley, Pickett, Hawk, Tramon Williams and Crosby (and according to PFF, all those guys are way overpaid, as is Kuhn) I’m not going to sweat Kuhn’s $$$.

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  11. GBPDAN
    March 13, 2013

    Lets get a power blocking full back to help get the running game going, one who can also catch a 3rd down pass if needed

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  12. Zeman
    March 13, 2013

    Oh no….you didn’t bring up Hawk did you????

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