On the calendar today are the three official Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps in Green Bay, Glendale and Kenosha. Tomorrow is the annual Charles Woodson Foundation Golf Outing at Thornberry Creek in Oneida, Wis….
Oft-injured defensive lineman Justin Harrell expressed doubt about his future with the Packers in an interview with Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s up to them. I don’t know,” Harrell is quoted as saying. “I didn’t have any talks at the end of the year like, ‘You’ll be back.’ The special circumstances of the lockout kind of took things off, too. I really haven’t talked to anybody about a strategy or what’s going to happen.” Because Harrell is due a roster bonus of more than a half million dollars, it’s rather unlikely he’ll be back with the team. On the bright side, he did say that all the time off has allowed his back to heal.
Fellow defensive lineman Howard Green said he’s been staying in shape this offseason, which has been a concern on the minds of several Packers observers seeing as the team didn’t have any offseason workouts. “I’m in good shape,” Green told Tyler Dunne. “I’ve been getting up in the morning, running and stuff. I’ve been keeping active in anything. I go out and cut grass with my friend just to get out there and move around a little bit. I’m walking at night, stuff like that.” Green estimated he’s about 350 to 355 pounds, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
With the NFL and the its players reportedly coming close to agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement, former Packers offensive lineman Marco Rivera––who’s being inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on Saturday––told Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he believes the new agreement should include better health insurance benefits for retired players. “As soon as the deal is done, I feel $9 billion is enough money for the owners to get theirs, for the current players to get theirs and for the retired players to get, maybe, just a little bit better benefits, as with heath insurance for their families,” said Rivera.
A feature article on Marco Rivera accompanies the aforementioned blogpost at PackersNews.com.
The Packers announced the release of a book they’ve written commemorating last year’s Super Bowl season. “The Packers are offering for their fans a 128-page publication commemorating the team’s 2010 season and Super Bowl XLV championship,” writes Vic Ketchman of Packers.com. “The book’s title, One!, refers to cornerback Charles Woodson’s emotion-charged postgame address to his teammates following their victory in the NFC title game in Chicago.” The book can be pre-ordered online from the Packers Pro Shop.
The Packers also announced the design of their 2011 season tickets honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1961 championship team. “The 50th anniversary of the 1961 title – the first of Lombardi’s five championships as head coach – is remembered with historic photos of different star players from ’61 on the tickets for each of the eight regular-season home games,” writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com. The two preseason tickets recognize last season’s Super Bowl win with a foil-embossed image of the Lombardi Trophy.
The offensive line position is previewed at Packer Report. “There could be a changing of the guard at left guard with Daryn Colledge set to hit free agency when the lockout ends,” writes Bill Huber. “If Colledge signs elsewhere, T.J. Lang and Nick McDonald are the front-runners for the starting job. Another option would be 2010 first-round pick Bryan Bulaga if 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod looks like a strong option at right tackle. None of Lang’s three career starts have come at guard and McDonald didn’t play http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/wp-admin/post-new.phpa snap last season, so there could be some growing pains with a new starter.” For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t count Marshall Newhouse out of the competition either.
Former Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey expressed confidence in current quarterback Aaron Rodgers in an interview on the Packers official website. “I told Zeke (Bratkowski) once this new 12 is pretty good,” Dickey told Ricky Zeller of Packers.com. “I’ve said that if I was an NFL owner and I could pick anyone, I’d pick Aaron. He’s smart, accurate, has a strong arm and he’s mobile. I’d take him.”
USA Today takes a look at the Packers in an article on Jon Sarceno.
According to Kris Burke of AllGreenBayPackers.com, one of Mike McCarthy’s challenges in 2011 is “Dare to be great.”
A picture of Lindy Infante appears at Packerville, U.S.A.
Vic Ketchman answers his mailbag at Packers.com.
Video: Fox Sports interviews Clay Matthews…
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