Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett made a couple head-scratching comments Monday during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "We have the top running back arguably in the league, top quarterback, the receiving corp is deep," said Bennett. At that point Bennett was pressed by host Adam Schein: "So you think Cutler is better than Aaron Rodgers?" Bennett replied "Of course." Bennett is obviously biased having played with Cutler going back to their days at Vanderbilt, but the wide receiver didn't stop there. He also said the Bears are better offensively than the Packers and Brandon Marshall is the best wide receiver among the two teams.
The Packers are $11.25 million under the NFL's salary cap. That's the news from ProFootballTalk.com. Commentary comes from Kevin McCauley at Acme Packing Company. "Currently, the Packers have $11.25 million remaining, a number that was increased by the restructuring of Donald Driver's contract," writes McCauley. "That leaves a little bit of wiggle room for Ted Thompson to frontload a new contract or two, making it easier for him to keep the core of the current team together into the near future. Greg Jennings and T.J. Lang are on deals that expire this year, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji's contracts expire in 2013, and the very much underpaid Aaron Rodgers' deal expires in 2014." I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Greg Jennings get a contract extension before the start of the regular season, maybe even before the start of training camp.
The quarterback position in previewed in a pre-training camp feature by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com with a look at Aaron Rodgers' contract status. "While it’s hard to predict in the wake of Brees’ megadeal when Rodgers will get his -- the six-year, $65 million extension Rodgers signed in 2008 included $20 million in guaranteed money after he’d made only seven starts – this much is clear: Rodgers is on top of his game and, provided he stays healthy, will surpass Brees as the league’s highest-paid player in the relatively near future," writes Wilde. For what it's worth, the Packers have room under their cap right now. They have the ability to set some money aside this season, which would future caps a little more manageable. Whether the Packers choose to go that route is another matter.
Heading to training camp? Be prepared for road construction around Lambeau Field, warns Doug Scheider of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Notably, work will continue well into August on a section of Oneida Street, the main north-south road leading to the team’s practice and game sites, keeping two of the street’s four lanes closed," writes Schneider. Construction also continues on U.S. 41 and Interstate 43 around Green Bay.
In a follow up to the previous day's feature story, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides a few more quotes from former Packers cornerback Craig Newsome in a blog post at JSOnline.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings talks fantasy football in a video posted at NFL.com.
Greg Jennings is also listed as the ninth most-important Packer of the 2012 season by Jason Wilde.
Lombardi Ave. takes a look at wide receivers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel.
A few Packers that need to stay healthy are mentioned in a column at Yahoo! Sports.
The Packers released information on their Operation Fan Mail program for 2012.
Video: The weather in Green Bay made news with its high temperatures and the impact it had on the Packers' youth football camp and the construction going on at Lambeau Field...
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