Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings made a slew of media appearances on the team's day off on Tuesday and made it clear that he didn't want to receive the franchise tag during the offseason. When asked if he thought he would remain with the Packers next season on the NFL.com Double Coverage podcast with Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel, Jennings responded, “An educated guess? My educated guess, I’m going to lean to the ‘no’ side of it. That’s my educated guess, my personal educated guess." Jennings added that he would like to be back with the Packers and that it would basically come down to a financial decision. It's difficult to look into the crystal ball with Jennings, but I'll say this, if the Packers release Finley, that frees up more money that could be used to sign Jennings. Whether that will be enough money is still unseen.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is holding out hope that Greg Jennings will return to the Packers in 2013, as he said on his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Aaron Rodgers talked about what he describes as a twisted ankle in last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. “It’s OK. It’s all right,” Rodgers is quoted as saying at ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I have pretty strong ankles. I’ve sprained my ankles a number of times over the years; I played basketball most of my childhood. One thing that I’ve sworn by … I haven’t taped my ankles in (about) nine years. I swear by it. I firmly believe … that when you tape the ankle joint the pressure goes up your leg to the next joint, so the knee obviously undertakes more of the pounding when you lock up that ankle joint. (So) I’ve not worn tape on my ankles my entire NFL career. I believe it helps you strengthen those ankles and so when you do have a twist like I had, which was pretty significant in the game, here I am a couple days later and there’s no doubt that I’ll play Sunday.” That's good news. Rodgers has a history of being pretty durable.
Aaron Rodgers also took the blame for a hit absorbed from Julius Peppers on Sunday.
Plans were announced for a monument being built in Green Bay marking the beginning of the Packers Heritage Trail at the corner of Cherry Street and North Washington Street. "The monument would include two 27-foot-tall standards shaped like a goalpost, along with statues of legends Paul Hornung and Johnny Blood, and glass walls etched with images of Packers glory," writes Scott Cooper Williams of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The goalposts are expected to be lit up in green and gold in the evening. Sounds very cool.
More on the new monument comes from Fox 11.
In addition to the upcoming free agent status of Greg Jennings, Donald Driver will be a free agent at season's end too. Driver talked to Fox Sports Wisconsin about what the future holds. "That all depends," Driver is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "It all depends on what happens. No one has a crystal ball. I don't know if I'll sign back here. I don't know if they're going to offer me a contract. I'm just not sure. Now I'm just going to have as much fun as I'm having this year and hope we can get back to the Super Bowl and I contribute as much as possible to make sure that we get there." It's difficult to envision Driver being back in a Packers uniform next season, but he'll always be remembered for being a Packers, that's for sure.
This week's Packer Plus publication has items on James Jones leading the NFL in touchdowns, the performance of the Packers defense, Mason Crosby's struggles, a column by Tyler Dunne on Tramon Williams, another column by Wayne Larrivee on the Packers-Bears rivalry, a Q&A with Mike Ditka and a preview of the Packers-Titans game.
The changing practice of making late-season contract extensions is studied by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette.
The 2012 rookie class is looked at by Lori Nickel of the Journal Sentinel.
The Packers are ranked sixth in the NFL in the AP's Pro32 poll.
James Jones' impact this season is analyzed by NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com.
Mike McCarthy answers fan questions in his weekly Tuesdays with McCarthy feature at the Packers official website.
Packer Report takes a look at Randall Cobb and his potentially record-setting season.
Video: Packers legend LeRoy Butler breaks down some Xs and Os in his weekly segment at JSOnline...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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