There appears to be some confusion regarding current free agent running back Ryan Grant who spent the past five seasons with the Packers. “After reports surfaced last week that Grant would visit the Lions’ facility in Allen Park on Monday, he never showed up,” writes Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “It is unclear if Grant met Detroit’s coaching staff on Sunday instead of Monday or if the trip was canceled.” There’s a chance Grant could still sign with the Packers. Perhaps that’s the reason he may not have visited the Lions on Monday, but those odds appear increasingly slim. All we can do is wait for more information about this puzzling story.
Packers defensive lineman Tony Hargrove was reportedly instructed to deny the existence of the New Orleans Saints’ bounty program to the NFL. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports obtained the signed declaration Hargrove submitted to the NFL, and shared the details in a report. “Hargrove, in the declaration, says (Saints former defensive coordinator Gregg) Williams then said he was going to deny the existence of any bounty system, and that both Williams and (assistant Joe) Vitt instructed him to do the same,” writes Cole. “Williams, according to Hargrove, also said: ‘Those [expletives at the NFL] have been trying to get me for years’ and if all the Saints ‘stay on the same page, this will blow over.’”
The implications involved in Tony Hargrove’s declaration are confusing, but Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reads between the lines. “At no point in the declaration does Hargrove admit to any knowledge of the existence of a bounty program. Indeed, at no point does Hargrove claim that he was told to say anything different from what he would have otherwise said, without coaching.
“In other words, Hargrove never says he was told to lie. Instead, he says he was told what to say, without commenting on whether he believed what he was told to say to be the truth.” It’s becoming increasingly hard to believe there will not be some long, drawn out legal battle here. At some point, however, Hargrove will be asked whether or not he knew the existence of a bounty program.
To make things even more complicated, Joe Vitt adamantly denied Hargrove’s claims to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. ”At no time did I ever tell Anthony Hargrove to lie or deny the existence (of the alleged bounty program),” Vitt is quoted as saying. “He can say whatever he wants to say. It just didn’t happen.” This whole bounty issue is going to get uglier before it gets better.
More on Tony Hargrove’s declaration comes from ESPNWisconsin.com, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, JSOnline, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Fox Sports Wisconsin, the Associated Press, NFL.com, ESPN.com and Packer Report.
In related news, Tony Hargrove has also reserved his right to appeal the NFL’s suspension, but that in itself is another complicated issue. “According to ESPN’s Andrew Brandt, a former Packers executive, Hargrove, (Scott) Fujita and (Will) Smith filed a ‘Reservation of Rights’ to Goodell, meaning they reserve their rights to appeal but don’t recognize Goodell’s authority to preside over the appeal; thus no appeal hearing,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. It’s anyone’s guess as to when these issues will be resolved.
More on Tony Hargrove’s appeal appears at JSOnline.
A distinction is made by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in regards to news that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun have joined forces in opening a theme restaurant in the Milwaukee area. “Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun have signed licensing agreements with SURG restaurant group for a restaurant in Brookfield,” writes Carol Deptolla. The article later states that one of the owners of SURG declined to say whether Rodgers and Braun have ownership stakes in the restaurant.
In more Aaron Rodgers news, the Packers quarterback will reportedly accept a resolution on Wednesday making the date of 12/12/12 Aaron Rodgers Day in the state of Wisconsin. “Rep. (Garey) Bies was the lead author of Assembly Joint Resolution 108, which was passed unanimously earlier this year by both houses of the State Legislature,” writes Jason Wilde.
A few more promotions in the Packers scouting department were reported by Bob McGinn at JSOnline. “Sources said Jon-Eric Sullivan, 35, will move from scouting the Midlands to scouting the vital Southeast region, which had been covered by Brian Gutekunst. Richmond Williams, 28, will shift from combine scout to Highsmith’s former area, which was the Southwest,” writes McGinn. The Packers would still appear to be in the market for a couple new scouts to take over for those that have departed.
Tryout wide receiver Marcus Rivers talks about his relationship with running back James Starks at JSOnline.
The Press-Gazette reminds that quarterback Graham Harrell is eligible to participate in this weekend’s rookie orientation camp.
A scouting report on newly drafted cornerback Casey Hayward is provided at Packer Report.
A column on the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and tight end Tom Crabtree’s participation is written by Kris Burke at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
A look at holes on the Packers roster is done at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay interviews undrafted free agent and Green Bay Southwest alum Drew Vanderlin…
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