In an article analyzing the future of cornerback Sam Shields and the rest of the Green Bay Packers' restricted free agents, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also gives an update on the team's salary-cap situation. "After cutting safety Charles Woodson, the Packers are nearly $21 million under the salary cap," writes Silverstein. "That total does not include the restricted free agent tenders, which would count against the cap as soon as the calendar year begins." While $21 million might seem like a lot of money, it will disappear really fast if the Packers indeed make Aaron Rodgers one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. He stands to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million per season, although with a long-term contract, there is flexibility to make it as cap-friendly as possible.
Contained within Dan Pompei's regular Sunday column at the National Football Post are comments from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy about working assistant coaches up the ladder, but Pompei's thoughts on Green Bay's hierarchy were slightly surprising. "If (Ben) McAdoo isn’t the Packers’ next offensive coordinator, Jerry Fontenot could be," writes Pompei. "He went from coaching intern to offensive line assistant to running backs coach to tight ends coach. Fontenot’s familiarity with so many aspects of the offense should prepare him well to eventually run it." The surprising part comes from the absence of Edgar Bennett mentioned anywhere. I agree that McAdoo is probably next on the list to become the Packers' offensive coordinator, but I would have thought Bennett would be ahead of Fontenot.
One player frequently appearing in mock drafts as being selected by the Green Bay Packers is Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree who, it was learned was recently cited for DUI, as first reported at ProFootballTalk.com. Over at Acme Packing Company, Evan Western writes, "It will be interesting to see if this affects his draft stock. Currently, Ogletree is projected by most analysts in the top 20 picks, with Mel Kiper projecting him to go 8th overall to Buffalo and Todd McShay guessing 19th to the New York Giants. It's entirely possible that this incident could cause him to slip into the bottom half of the first round, and potentially to 26th overall where the Green Bay Packers will draft." Ogletree has now been arrested twice and suspended twice during his career at Georgia. That alone seems like a little bit too much of a risk to consider in the first round, even though he's a supremely talented player.
More on Alec Ogletree comes from Lombardi Ave.
Don't expect the Packers to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The linebackers are the position du jour in the daily analysis from Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
An interview with Packers Fan Hall of Fame finalist Dave Rickert appears at the Appleton Post-Crescent.
The crew at the NFL Network asks if the window is closing on the Packers.
The former board president of the Packers Hall of Fame passed away.
Video: Packers president Mark Murphy talks about the plans for renovation to the Lambeau Field atrium with Fox 11 in Green Bay...
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 protected].
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