Offensive lineman Lane Taylor of Oklahoma State received the biggest signing bonus at $7,000 among all the Green Bay Packers’ undrafted rookies this season, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Behind Taylor, the Packers paid signing bonuses of $5,000 to Illinois State quarterback Matt Brown, Mississippi defensive tackle Gilbert Pena, Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner and Eastern Michigan outside linebacker Andy Mulumba,” writes Hodkiewicz. Signing bonuses typically indicate who the Packers think of mostly highly. By no means does such a signing bonus guarantee Taylor of a roster spot, but there’s obviously something the Packers like about the kid.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop is featured in an article by Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. “Bishop, 28, admits he’ll probably stay cautious through organized team activities and minicamp this spring,” writes Dunne. “But he also says he’ll be ’110%’ ready for training camp.” Another interesting thing Bishop says is that it’s his goal to be the defensive MVP for the 2013 season. That’s a pretty lofty goal for a guy coming off a torn hamstring last season, but there’s nothing wrong with dreaming big. I have my hesitations that Bishop will be the same player he once was, but I’m not ruling it out either. In any case, the feature on Bishop is fantastic and gets into a lot of his life history, growing up around gangs and drugs.
More on Desmond Bishop appears at the JSOnline blog.
As noted at ESPN.com’s NFC North blog, Kevin Seifert picks up on a local television interview that the Packers are expected to be the Vikings’ first opponent in their new stadium in 2016. “In 2003, the NFL scheduled the Minnesota Vikings as the Green Bay Packers’ first opponent in the renovated Lambeau Field,” notes Seifert. “So naturally, the Vikings are expecting the league to return the favor 13 years later.” Seifert quotes Vikings vice president Lester Bagley as the source. From a fan standpoint, nothing would be more perfect than the Packers winning the Super Bowl and getting to host the Kickoff game the following season to foil the Vikings’ plans.
Former Packer Charles Woodson is starting to gain some interest on the free agent market, and he spoke to the Detroit Free Press about the possibility of playing for the division rival Lions this past weekend. “Here’s the thing about the Lions: The Lions have players. They just haven’t been able to put it together,” Woodson is quoted as saying. “Would I be open to playing (for them)? No question. But the dollars have to make sense, too.” Woodson is reportedly going to visit the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, so there may be competition for his services.
More on Charles Woodson and his charity fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. comes from MLive.com.
The Packers are currently $13 million below the salary cap, according to Bill Huber of Packer Report. “During the offseason, the combined total of the top 51 players must be below the $123 million cap,” writes Huber. “With just a little more work to be done, the Packers have plenty of space for contract extensions.” Players like Sam Shields, B.J. Raji, Morgan Burnett and James Jones figure high to be on the list of the next contract extensions.
More on the salary cap comes from Packer Report.
Speaking of Lacy and Franklin, Acme Packing Company caught some footage of the two running backs at the NFL’s Rookie Premiere this past weekend.
A closer look at Aaron Rodgers’ 51 sacks last season appears at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Offensive lineman Andrew Datko is featured in an article at Packer Report.
Safety Jerron McMillian is the topic of a post at the Packer Ranter.
Video: Wide receiver James Jones held his first ever youth football camp in Green Bay over the weekend. Coverage comes from Fox 11…