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