7

April

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

I love Packers general manager Ted Thompson. Even if he was terrible at his job, which thankfully he isn’t, I would still love him.

While a bunch of other teams are out signing free agents that most NFL fans recognize and know, Thompson signs Loyce Means, a cornerback who most recently played in the Canadian Football League. A couple weeks ago, Thompson signed an Italian kicker named Giorgio Tevecchio.

While fans of the 49ers get to embrace Nnamdi Asomugha, Packers fans take to Google to try and figure out who in the hell Loyce Means is.

While Vikings and Dolphins fans get excited about signing Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace, respectively, Packers fans are left trying to figure out who (or what) a Giorgio Tevecchio is.

Sometimes I wonder if Thompson signs these unknown guys just so he can see how crazy it might drive some Packers fans. I know that’s not the case, but it’d be funny if it was.

I think by now a lot of Packers fans get Thompson. Not all of fans, but a lot. They might not agree with his strategies, but they at least get him.

That’s progress, right?

Or am I wrong?

Do the fans who didn’t get Thompson from the beginning still not get him now?

Whether you get him or not, do you find it as amusing as I do when he signs one of these unknown guys while the rest of the league signs marquee names?

Packers News, Notes and Links

  • Now a contract extension is apparently close to being done for Clay Matthews. Supposedly, a contract extension was “close” for Aaron Rodgers a few weeks ago. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Blah, blah, blah. Let me know when both players actually sign on the dotted line and the Brinks truck is actually pulling into each player’s driveway to deliver the signing bonus.
  • This is a must-read from Tom Silverstein at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about the Packers’ sound management of dead money in the salary cap. I can’t even remember the last time the Packers were in salary cap hell. How many other NFL teams can say the same thing?
  • If you haven’t voted for the Packers’ Final Four, be sure to do so here – voting closes at midnight tonight.
12

March

Will John Kuhn Return to the Packers?

John Kuhn

My hunch is the Packers bring FB John Kuhn back in 2013.

Most of the offseason focus on Packers roster cuts has focused on Jermichael Finley and A.J. Hawk. Both of those players elicit strong reactions from Packers fans.

Mention Finley on a sports-talk radio show and the phones lines light up. Drop Hawk’s name in a blog post and the comments section gets heated in a hurry.

John Kuhn doesn’t move the needle like Finley or Hawk. Most Packers fans like Kuhn. They view Kuhn as an underdog who got where he is through toughness and hard work. They also like yelling “Kuuuuuuuhn!” whenever he touches the ball.

As well-liked as the fullback from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania is, however, there’s a chance his days in Green Bay could be over.

Kuhn is set to make $2.6 million in 2013. That’s a lot of money to pay a back in a passing offense who isn’t much of a threat to run, pick up short-yardage first downs or turn checkdown passes into big gains.

Kuhn played 39.2 percent of the Packers offensive snaps in 2012. Pro Football Focus gave him an overall grade of 4.3 for the season, ranking him 12th among all fullbacks  (out of 25 that were graded)..

His blocking grade of 4.4 ranked him 16th and his running grade of -1.1 ranked 23rd.

Do those numbers merrit a $2.6 million salary? Probably not, but my hunch is Kuhn will be back unless the Packers could really use that extra $2.6 million to get the Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews contract extensions out of the way sooner rather than later.

I doubt Thompson is going to do much in free agency besides maybe a signing or two for depth. Thompson probably won’t need Kuhn’s cap space to sign free agents.

I also have a hunch that the Packers will head into 2013 with Evan Dietrich-Smith at center and Marshall Newhouse at left tackle. Either that or Dietrich-Smith at center, Bryan Bulaga at left tackle and Don Barclay at right tackle. Whichever combination happens to be the one, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers are going to want a pass-blocking back who knows where to be and can get the job done.

25

February

Green Bay Packers 2012 Salary Overview

The offseason is starting to heat up. To ensure that the faithful AllGBP.com readers are prepared, here is an overview of individual Packers’ player salaries courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Player, pos

Salary
(M=millions)

Contract Information
(Click year to review details)

Contract Expires

Charles Woodson, CB

$11.562M

2010

After 2014

Aaron Rodgers, QB

8.5M

2008

After 2014

Tramon Williams, CB

7.381M

2010

After 2014

Greg Jennings, WR

7.347M

2009

After 2012

A.J. Hawk, LB

6.531M

2011

After 2015

Jermichael Finley, TE

5.75M

2012

After 2013

Ryan Pickett, DE

5.737M

2010

After 2013

Chad Clifton, T

5.593M

2010

After 2012

Donald Driver, WR

5.0M

2010

After 2012

Josh Sitton, G

4.8M

2011

After 2016

Nick Collins, S

4.787M

2010

After 2013

B.J. Raji, NT

4.255M

2009

After 2013

Desmond Bishop, LB

4.245M

2011

After 2014

Jordy Nelson, WR

3.825M

2011

After 2014

James Jones, WR

3.1M

2011

After 2013

Mason Crosby, K

2.4M

2011

After 2015

John Kuhn, FB

2.4M

2011

After 2013

Clay Matthews, LB

1.93M

2009

After 2013

Bryan Bulaga, T

1.847M

2010

After 2014

Derek Sherrod, LT

1.5M

2011

After 2015

Charlie Peprah, S

1.225M

2011

After 2012

Brett Goode, LS

801,000

2011

After 2012

Mike Neal, DE

780,000

2010

After 2013

Randall Cobb, WR

729,414

2011

After 2014

Morgan Burnett, S

708,775

2010

After 2013

T.J. Lang, T-G

690,625

2009

After 2012

Herb Taylor

615,000

2011

After 2012

Alex Green, RB

601,250

2011

After 2014

Brad Jones, LB

580,066

2009

After 2012

Evan Dietrich-Smith, C

565,000

Jarius Wynn, DE

565,000

2009

After 2012

Davon House, CB

540,145

2011

After 2014

Graham Harrell, QB

540,000

Andrew Quarless, TE

535,606

2010

After 2013

Marshall Newhouse, T

527,462

2010

After 2013

James Starks, RB

515,075

2010

After 2013

D.J. Williams, TE

514,500

2011

After 2014

C.J. Wilson, DE

502,588

2010

After 2013

Sam Shields, CB

492,500

2010

Frank Zombo, LB

491,168

2010