Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings took out a full-page advertisement in the local Green Bay Press-Gazette to thank Packers fans after signing with the rival Minnesota Vikings in free agency. Zach Heilprin of ESPNWisconsin.com took a picture of the ad and posted it to social media…
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) March 20, 2013
At the NFL owners meeting, Indianapolis Colts head coach was asked about signing former Packer Erik Walden despite his mediocre to below average production. “You look at his whole body of work,” Pagano is quoted as saying by Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. “We could find tape of every player in the National Football League where they had a bad play here or there, or they had a bad game and say ‘OK, he’s not a fit for us.’ But we look at the entire body of work, not just one game.” It’s rather humorous that Pagano needed to confirm that he indeed watched film of Walden in the Packers’ division round loss to the 49ers.
In the never-ending discussion about the next contract Aaron Rodgers signs, Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel talked to an anonymous NFL agent who actually suggested the Packers wait another offseason to offer Rodgers a contract extension. “This was the deal he wanted,” the agent is quoted as saying. “They stepped up and took care of him. If they wait, it frees up more money for other things. If I’m the Packers I’d wait until next off-season.” I think it would be wise for the Packers to meet Rodgers halfway and sign him to an extension at midseason in 2013, that way only part of his contract goes toward the 2013 salary cap.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated criticized the Packers decision not to offer free agent running back Steven Jackson more money. “This year, Thompson made offers to two good free agent players, wideout Greg Jennings and running back Steven Jackson,” writes King in his weekly MMQB column. “But the Vikings nabbed Jennings for about 25 percent more than Green Bay wanted to spend. And Atlanta got Jackson. This is a move I think Green Bay will regret. Atlanta is paying $8.25 million in the next two years; I feel pretty certain he’ll make it that far with the Falcons. There is no question in my mind that Jackson is worth that for a team that is desperate to run the ball better. Put it another way: Is Jackson worth 2.6 percent of the Packers’ salary cap in 2013? I think so. But I’m not the one to make the call.” It’s difficult to say how much this factored into the decision, but it’s worth noting that by signing Jackson, the Packers would very likely lose a compensatory draft choice next season. Many people would argue that signing Jackson is worth more than a late-round draft choice anyway.
One of the new proposed rule changes in the NFL is an extension of the PUP-list window, which Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com thinks could have an impact on the Packers in the immediate future because of the injury to Jerel Worthy.
Two rule changes were approved at the NFL owners meeting on Tuesday as Tom Silverstein points out at JSOnline.
Mike McCarthy’s offseason plans are laid out in a story by Kevin Seifert.
Joe Philbin shares his feelings about working with Mike Sherman in a blog post at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The annual checkup series continues at Fox Sports Wisconsin with defensive lineman Jerel Worthy.
An NFL Draft profile of Aaron Rodgers’ brother Jordan Rodgers appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Changes to the Pro Bowl have been discussed, as noted at Lombardi Ave.
Video: Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette gives his take on issues popping up at the NFL owners meetings…
Brian Carriveau is the author of “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” and editor of Cheesehead TV’s “Pro Football Draft Preview.” To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.