As part of the annual financial report released Tuesday in which the Packers reported a record net income of $42.7 million, they also set new attendance records at the team's in-house Hall of Fame and Lambeau Field tours as well. Additionally, the Packers set sales records for the team's Pro Shop both in-store and online. "That's something we are really proud of," Packers president Mark Murphy is quoted as saying in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. "We made an emphasis to increase sales in our Pro Shop, particularly online." After seeing figures like that, it comes as no surprise that the Packers turned record profits in the past fiscal year. They don't have to share their local income with other NFL teams, and obviously interest in the team ran high following their most recent Super Bowl title.
The Packers are one of 19 teams to have inquired about Supplemental Draft prospect Larry Lumpkin of Carson-Newman according to his agent, reports Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. It also says the Packers are likely, though not confirmed, to attend Lumpkin's workout on Wednesday in Irvington, Ala. "Lumpkin recorded 96 tackles, 10 for losses last season at Carson-Newman after transferring from Alabama A&M," writes Wilson. The NFL's Supplemental Draft takes place on Thursday.
In an interview with JSOnline, former Packers defensive lineman Gilbert Brown commented on B.J. Raji. "B.J. has all the tools to be great," said Brown. "I think he has the drive, he has whatever he needs. But he has to turn it up a notch I would say. Because if he gets out there, creates havoc and makes noise, it's contagious. Everybody wants to be like that. B.J. has it. He's the monster in the middle. He has to set the tone for the team. That's what I always tried to do even though we had Reggie, Santana (Dotson) and Sean (Jones). Somebody has to set the tone sometimes. If you have to go against the grain to make some noise, that's what you have to do." Brown's comments could possibly be construed as criticism of Raji, but at the same time, his suggestion to Raji to take it up a notch is very general in nature, which doesn't come off as very helpful either.
Former Packers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher attended the Marshview Conservation Club's 13th annual sports banquet in Kohler, Wis. on Tuesday where he commented on his ex-teammate, Brett Favre. "The wounds are going to be healed," Tauscher is quoted as saying in the Sheboygan Press.
Cornerback Sam Shields is listed as the No. 16 most-important Packer of 2012 by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com ahead of full-time players like Desmond Bishop, Bryan Bulaga and Morgan Burnett. Seems quite high for a guy who doesn't play all three downs.
Jaguars defensive end Drew Nowak, a Green Bay area native, commented about possibly returning to the area in an interview at PackersNews.com.
A roster prediction for the outside linebackers is made by Acme Packing Company.
The wide receivers are previewed before training camp at Packer Addicts.
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Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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