In an appearance on the NFL Network's NFL AM on Thursday, Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk gave a lighthearted response to a question about the impending Aaron Rodgers contract extension. ”Let’s be honest, all of us minions have nothing that we can offer Aaron that would even come close to anything that he would get," Hawk is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "He deserves every dime he’s going to get,” Hawk said. “He’s going to get a billion dollars probably, so I’m OK with anything (the Packers) want to give him because he’s one of the best in the world and he deserves everything.” We are now just three days away from the soft April 15 deadline for a Rodgers extension, as suggested by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. It wouldn't be a surprise at all to see a deal get done in the next few days.
The Packers' game and fan development manager, Kandi Goltz, talked to the Press-Gazette about the upcoming NFL Draft party being hosted by the Packers at Curly's Pub inside the Lambeau Field atrium on Thursday April 25. “Coach (Mike) McCarthy’s gonna show up a little bit, he’ll talk, give his feedback on the draft,” Goltz is quoted as saying by reporter Maria Amante. “They’re really busy, and it’s a stressful day so we do get a little bit of their time ... you’ll get to meet the people that are making these decisions.” I'm still of the opinion that the Packers should be hosting a large-scale party for the Draft. You don't even need to offer player autographs. Fans will still show up. Even on a Thursday night.
Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson joined SiriusXM radio on Thursday to talk about several topics, as shared by Mike Conklin of Packerpedia. In response to a question about potentially playing for a contender but accepting less money to do so, Woodson replied, "I mean, the money has to be right as well. I haven't been offered anything, or been able to negotiate anything, so at this point we're just waiting on somebody to be serious about bringing me in and maybe trying to make an offer. But all of the things have to be right." You have to wonder if Woodson may still re-join the Packers at some point. It could depend on what the Packers do at safety in the NFL Draft. If they happen to take a safety in the first round, it's probably unlikely they bring Woodson back.
In an odd story coming out of Canada, a wanted sex offender from Wisconsin is allegedly on the lamb in Ontario, and the man is pretending to be employed by the Packers. "On Wednesday, Chatham-Kent police said (Britton D. Mckenzie) was spotted in Chatham posing as a former NFL player and scout for the Green Bay Packers while getting an oil change," according to CBC News. You can't make this stuff up.
And in another "truth is stranger than fiction" category, former Packers running back was apparently a victim of identity theft yesterday. More from ESPNMilwaukee.com, Lombardi Ave. and ProFootballTalk.com.
The Packers had Cal Lutheran wide receiver Eric Rogers in for a visit, according to Tom Silverstein at JSOnline.
A profile on North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard appears at JSOnline.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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