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Packers Daily Links: Brad Jones Contract Figures Published

The contract figures for newly re-signed inside linebacker Brad Jones were published on Monday by Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "According to a source with access to NFL salary information, Jones’ three-year deal averages $3.75 million and pays him $4.5 million this year in the form of a $3 million signing bonus, $1 million salary, $300,000 roster bonus and $200,000 workout bonus," writes Dougherty. After A.J. Hawk took a paycut that will pay him an average of $3.5 million annually, Jones becomes the second-highest paid inside linebacker on the Packers roster behind only Desmond Bishop.

More on Brad Jones comes from Bob McGinn and Tom Silverstein at JSOnline.

Tight end Jermichael Finley gave a reaction to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in regards to the development that he would be receiving his $3 million roster bonus by the Packers on Tuesday and wouldn't be traded or released. "Most importantly, it's a great opportunity to stay with a great organization and a great quarterback to move forward and win more championships," Finley is quoted as saying by reporter Tyler Dunne. "I'm ready to take my game to another level. Every player wants to achieve as much as possible. In my case, I want to get back to what I know and that's playing great football." Attention can now turn to Finley's future in Green Bay beyond 2013. He has one year remaining on his current contract, and he'll be free to test the free-agent market a year from now if he so chooses.

More on Jermichael Finley comes from the Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Fox Sports Wisconsin and JSOnline.

While the news hasn't been made official, the Packers have reportedly street signed free agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio who was born in Italy but grew up in the United States. An Italian news organization interviewed Tavecchio, which Al Bracco of AllGreenBayPackers.com interpreted. "Tavecchio, born in Milan, Italy, claims to have signed a three-year contract, but tells his interviewer how there are no guarantees and he could easily be cut," writes Bracco. There's little risk in a signing like this. The Packers can bring in Tavecchio and see him up close. It also won't necessarily prevent them from drafting or signing an undrafted kicker. This isn't a signing that's going to garner a lot of attention, but it's only a kicker. Punter Tim Masthay was essentially signed off the street as well, and he's doing just fine right now.

More on Giorgio Tavecchio comes from the Press-Gazette, JSOnline, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Packer Report and ProFootballTalk.com.

Thoughts from Packers president Mark Murphy on the recently announced Packers Tailgate Tour are shared at Fox Sports Wisconsin. "The Packers are very excited to embark on the eighth annual Tailgate Tour," Murphy is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "Our fan’s loyalty and commitment to the tour in past years has helped drive the success of the event and has allowed us to continue supporting great organizations throughout the state. We are excited to bring the tour to Iowa for the first time this year and can’t wait to visit with fans on all of our stops." The Tailgate Tour will visit the cities of Oshkosh, Beloit, Dubuque, Ia., Tomah and Wisconsin Rapids from May 14 to 18 respectively.

More on the Tailgate Tour comes from the Packers official website, Press-Gazette, Journal Sentinel, Oshkosh Northwestern and Beloit Daily News.

A look at the safety position heading into the NFL Draft comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Packer Report has its daily look at the pro day circuit and where the Packers attended.

Video: Mark Murphy talks about the Tailgate Tour in a video by the Press-Gazette...

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 carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Evan's picture

"Most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to stay with a great organization and a great quarterback to move forward and win more championships."

Can't this guy ever learn to shut his mouth?!

lmills's picture

Is there anything wrong with this statement?

Evan's picture

I guess my sarcasm was a little too subtle this morning.

lmills's picture

gotchya. sorry

cow42's picture

finley never won a championship.
he did as much to impact that season as i did.

Brian Carriveau's picture

His touchdown was the difference between winning and losing at home against Detroit that season.

That win was also the difference between making the playoffs and not.

But just ignore that, cue the sarcastic response...

cow42's picture

i guess you're right!
finley did make more of an impact than i did!

Chris's picture

Evan, should he have said that the quarterback is awful and he hopes they stink next year? some people...

Evan's picture

I'm sure there are people who will interpret his comments as that.

(I also can't tell if you understood I was joking or not.)

Derek in CO's picture

I really don't think the Brad Jones contract is all that bad. He played better than Hawk. The Packers basically gave themselves insurance in case Bishop isn't the same and/or Hawk regresses even more, and they can keep the best two out of three, and still draft a younger ILB.

I'd still love to see Ogletree drafted though.

lmills's picture

Agreed. I think with another year of experience exclusively at inside linebacker, I think he'll be in the top 3 ILB's on the team (Bishop, Manning, Jones). If Bishop isn't healthy, at least now you have a solid starter.

cow42's picture

all of a sudden jones is a "solid stater".

Derek in CO's picture

Yes, I would say he is. He's better than Hawk, better than DJ Smith. he's not a pro bowler but he can start. He didn't draw interest from four teams to play special teams.

jmac34's picture

10th rated ILB by PFF. that seems solid to me

Jamie's picture

Jones did some very good things, displaying some unique abilities in comparison to the other ILB depth on this team, as well as some bad things. Overall, I think he played better than Smith and on par with Hawk...maybe marginally better overall.

Seeing these contract numbers, I assume the team liked what they saw, considered his limited experience at the position, and believe there's still some upside there. It also appears they are expecting to give him significant PT this year, whether it's for Bishop while he's healing, or potentially in place of Hawk for substantial snaps...or maybe some of both.

I'm OK with that thought.

They are protecting themselves with a guy that showed himself capable of playing all three downs, in case Bishop and/or Smith are slow to get back to form. Manning and any potential draft picks are unknowns at this point, so it could be wasted money if someone surprises, but I'm sure they've considered that.

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