This past weekend, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson invited teammate Randall Cobb to come to Nelson’s native Kansas where the two would take part in a charity fundraiser, details of which appear in an article at Packer Report. While at the charity event, the two wide receivers could see smoke from a local house fire. As it turns out, it was the house of Riley County school district superintendent Brad Starnes who worked where Nelson went to high school. Nelson and Cobb assisted in the clean-up after the fire. “Brad says it’s amazing to think that the two players’ livlihoods depend on their being healthy and uninjured and they were risking that to help the family,” according to WIBW-TV in Kansas. Nelson is captured in a video at WIBW’s website helping out at the site of the fire.
More on Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and the Kansas house fire comes courtesy of Kansas radio station, KMAN, 1350 AM.
An arbitrator ruled Monday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove as part of the New Orleans Saints bounty program. “University of Pennsylvania professor Stephen Burbank reserved judgment last week on Hargrove’s case until the NFL provided more information why the player, now with Green Bay, was suspended for eight games,” according to a report from the Associated Press. “But Burbank now has ruled that he has no jurisdiction over Hargrove, either.” Hargrove will have his appeal heard by Goodell on Monday June 18.
More on Anthony Hargrove comes from ProFootballTalk.com.
The possibility that wide receivers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel could play for another NFL team this season is examined in an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin by Paul Imig. “Opening day, my goal is to be playing,” Gurley is quoted as saying. “Last year, I took it as a learning experience, but I’m very hungry and I’m excited about being out there and playing football somewhere.” It would appear that both receivers would rather play on a 53-man roster of another team this season than be on the practice squad of the Packers. They can’t be blamed for that. It’s one thing to stay with the Packers with only a few weeks left in the season, but another to have the opportunity to play in the NFL for an entire season.
Details of Donald Driver’s new renegotiated contract with the Packers are shared by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “According to a source with access to NFL Players Association contract information, Driver’s renegotiated contract is worth a total of $2.3 million for this season,” writes Demovsky. “The deal, which was completed on May 30, includes a base salary of $1.1 million and a roster bonus of $1.2 million, which is the same as the amount of guaranteed money. It’s unclear when the roster bonus was or will be paid, but the fact that Driver is guaranteed $1.2 million almost certainly means there’s no chance the Packers would cut him before the start of the season.” If Driver can continue to produce at close to the same level he did last season, his contract will have been worth the hassle of restructuring it.
A story is shared by Eric Branch at SFGate.com how 49ers journeyman linebacker Eric Bakhtari lived and worked out with Packers linebacker Clay Matthews this offseason. “I don’t think you can have a better workout partner,” said Proactive Sports Performance director Ryan Capretta where the two worked out. “The thing about Clay is that he’s got that blue-collar work ethic with the genetics. For Eric to be around a guy like that who is going to go full tilt and to compete on the sand dunes and all the things they do, it’s going to step up Eric’s game … I saw a big change in Eric from when he started. In my opinion, he was a totally different guy.” As the story notes, if Bakhtari makes the 49ers’ roster this season, he’ll face Matthews and the Packers in Week 1.
A detailed breakdown of the play of linebacker D.J. Smith appears at ProFootballFocus.com, calling him the Packers’ “secret superstar.”
A column on running back Alex Green appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The Packers are sponsoring a high school football camp in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
The Appleton Post-Crescent shares the story of a fan that had a memorable encounter with some Packers at the Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Game.
Video: Fox 11 in Green Bay shared their entire half-hour long special on the Donald Driver Celebrity Softball Game…
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