In response to recent news about Packers safety Morgan Burnett, the folks at Spotrac.com wrote the following: “He’s not a household name when it comes to major defensive players in the league – but Packers safety Morgan Burnett has quietly and productively outplayed his rookie contract. News out of Green Bay rumors the team and Burnett are in talks for an extension to keep the defensive back around long-term.” Spotrac predicts that Burnett will receive a four-year, $32 million deal with $16.6 million in guaranteed money. Sounds like that’s a pretty good ballpark figure.
A feature on Josh Sitton becoming the elder statesman of the Packers offensive line is written by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “With Jeff Saturday’s retirement and subsequent release this offseason, the 27-year-old Sitton enters the 2013 season for the first time as the Packers’ most veteran offensive lineman, a position with an average age of 23.8 years among the team’s 15 linemen,” writes Hodkiewicz. Based upon his comments, Sitton appears to be embracing his role as a leader at his position, which is a good thing. Ideally, he’ll be the type that leads by both vocally and by example.
The Packers hired a former player yesterday, naming ex-running back Tony Fisher as player/alumni senior coordinator. “Fisher, who reports to Cathy Dworak, the Packers’ community outreach and player/alumni relations manager, will work to build relationships with and educate current players and alumni on the importance of community appearances,” according to a team press release. “Fisher will also assist with alumni on gameday, and will help coordinate the NFL’s Hometown Huddle project, Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-a-thon, Packers Tailgate Tour, Alumni Weekend and the Packers alumni news publication.” Congratulations on your new gig, Mr. Fisher.
Tight end Matthew Mulligan is profiled in an article at FoxSportsWisconsin.com. “My strength has always been run-blocking,” Mulligan said. “That’s what I’ve done. My forte is not necessarily catching passes and running routes. In order to stay in this league, you need to have some sort of intangible things and I hope that’s one of them.” If Mulligan can excel in that role, that will suffice. Hopefully he won’t drop any of the few passes that come his way, but as long as he’s getting push in the run game, that’s all that will be expected.
Cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Sam Shields are jointly named the 15th most important Packers of 2013 at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Five young players who must become leaders for the Packers are named at TMJ4.com.
A theatrical performance based on Curly Lambeau is debuting in Green Bay soon, as The Wearing of the Green (and Gold) points out.
The Packers didn’t select anyone in Thursday’s supplemental draft, as noted by PackersNews.com.
The Packers official website has a story on a new season-ticket holder who waited four decades to get tickets.
Lance Easley isn’t backing down from his position that he made the correct call, as he told NFL AM.
Former Packer Gilbert Brown talks about bullying with Fox 6 in Milwaukee.
The tight end position is previewed at Acme Packing Company.
AllGreenBayPackers.com weighs in on whether the Packers defense is soft.
Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga is named as a player that has to be good in 2013 at PackersTalk.com.
A blog post on inside linebackers coach Winston Moss appears at Lombardi Ave.
Video: The Green Bay Press-Gazette takes a look at the new Cabela’s store soon to open in Green Bay on land leased by the Packers…
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book “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.