The most likely candidate to receive the franchise or transition tag from the Green Bay Packers is kicker Mason Crosby. But… “Crosby’s agent said he’s had no contact with the Packers since the end of the season, so he has no indication whether they’re considering using the tag on his client,” writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Dougherty also spoke with defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who also hasn’t spoken with the team and doesn’t think he’ll be tagged.
Packers assistant coaches Winston Moss and Darren Perry are still candidates to become the Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator, according to Bill Huber of Packer Report. “Packers safeties coach Darren Perry and inside linebackers coach Winston Moss had been linked to the Arizona job, and both names have been mentioned in Oakland,” writes Huber. “Perry coached the Raiders’ secondary in 2007 and 2008 before joining the Packers in 2009; Moss played for the Raiders from 2001 through 2004 and interviewed to be the Raiders’ head coach in 2009 but owner Al Davis decided to remove the ‘interim’ tag from Tom Cable,” writes Huber.
A group of Super Bowl-winning Packers rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. “Cornerback Charles Woodson and running backs Ryan Grant and John Kuhn of the Green Bay Packers did the honors Wednesday afternoon in lower Manhattan,” according to the Associated Press. “The Packers won Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.”
NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com points out that Mel Kiper has the Packers selecting Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston in his mock draft. “If he is as good of a playmaker as advertised, Houston would make a nice bookend for Packers linebacker Clay Matthews,” writes Seifert. “The Packers never had a full-time starter at the position in 2010.” Outside linebacker stands as one of the Packers’ biggest needs entering 2011.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly checked out Las Vegas over the weekend. “Rodgers, who was joined by Packers linebacker Matt Wilhelm, caught Terry Fator’s show at The Mirage, stopped by N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms and then went upstairs to Moon, where he joined Jersey Shore’s Pauly D in the VIP area,” writes Monty McMahon at Total Packers. You can check out Rodgers posing for a picture with Pauly D over at Total Packers.
As unrealistic as it might be, Eric Huber of Packer Report wonders if Donald Driver could fill the role of player/coach for the Packers with their open wide receivers coaching position. “What if someday he were offered a spot on the coaching staff as a wide receivers coach?” asks Huber. “Would he be well-received and successful? Could he do it part-time while still playing? And would he have the same kind of impact coaching as he had playing?” Huber answers in the affirmative to all these questions, but the idea of a player/coach in the NFL is pretty impractical. Could Driver be a coach someday? Sure. But for now, he still has to focus on playing.
Acme Packing Company takes at the wide receiver position heading into the 2011 season.
An interview with Colin Cowherd is posted at JSOnline’s Packers blog.
Jayme Joers of Packers Lounge recounts meeting Bob Harlan after the Super Bowl.