During an appearance on ESPN’s NFL Live, recently released Packers center Jeff Saturday said the new deal signed by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be exceeded by that of Aaron Rodgers. “I am sure he (Rodgers) is happy this number is as big as it is, because he knows he is going to go above it,” Saturday is quoted as saying by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “If you look at him as a quarterback, what he has done for the team the past three years, I don’t know that there’s been a run quite that good in the history of the NFL.” The only question is when the Rodgers deal gets done. The thinking here is that the Packers extend linebacker Clay Matthews in the very near future while the Packers wait until midseason with Rodgers in order to mitigate the cap hit in 2013.
More on Jeff Saturday comes from the Associated Press.
Even though the Packers did not place the franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings on Monday, that does not necessarily mean he’s a goner in Green Bay. A situation could happen similar to James Jones in 2011 when he didn’t receive as much interest in free agency as expected. “If they thought they could get (Jennings) at an average of $7-8 million per year, they could sign him and release Finley, who is scheduled to make $8.25 million this year,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “However, multiple sources connected to the team have said that they would be surprised if Finley wasn’t around this season.” The odds that Jennings returns to Green Bay appear to be long, however. All it takes is one team to offer him a lucrative contract, and he’ll probably find a suitor.
The Packers attended the pro day workout at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday where offensive lineman Terron Armstead was the star of the show. There was a lesser-known prospect on display, however, linebacker Brandon Thurmond. “Thurmond ran the 40 in 4.82 and 4.74 seconds, had a 32-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-11 broad jump, did the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.50 seconds,” writes Gil Brandt of NFL.com. “Thurmond also had 20 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Thurmond is a potential rookie free-agent pickup.”
This year’s free agent class at running back is analyzed over at the Packers official website.
Former Packers linebacker and current board member Bryce Paup is leaving his high school coaching gig at Green Bay Southwest to become a position coach at Northern Iowa.
Running back is listed as the Packers’ biggest need in an ESPN article shared by JSOnline.
A few thoughts on the safety position in the NFL from LeRoy Butler are published at JSOnline as well.
An article in USA Today on defenses preparing for the read option in the NFL cites some quotes from Mike McCarthy.
A piece on free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty appears at Lombardi Ave.
The Packers Hall of Fame names its art contest winners.
Video: Mike Florio of PFT Live encouraged the Packers to get a deal done with quarterback Aaron Rodgers…
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