Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first mentioned it on Monday's episode of Total Access and later took to Twitter to put it in print form, but he reports that Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji won't be getting a contract extension prior to the start of the 2013 season. "The Packers plan to have Raji play out the final year of his rookie contract to see if he can 'earn' a lucrative extension with the team," writes Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, summing up Rapoport's report. The video of Rapoport on Total Access appears at NFL.com as well. Raji is one of several high-profile players entering a contract season, in addition to others like Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett, Jermichael Finley, James Jones and Evan Dietrich-Smith. It will be difficult for the Packers to re-sign all of them.
Now that cornerback Sam Shields has signed his restricted free agent tender, he can take part in Tuesday's minicamp practice in Green Bay. This comes on the heels of a meeting between Shields' agent Drew Rosenhaus and the Packers on Monday. "Following the meeting Shields signed his $2.023 million tender, which will allow him to participate in the minicamp, and discussions about a multi-year contract remained a possibility," writes Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette. After missing the first two weeks of Organized Team Activities, Shields will at least be able to take part in minicamp and then the final week of voluntary OTAs if he chooses.
Head coach Mike McCarthy hosted the annual Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Golf outing on Monday in Green Bay, an event that's raised over $625,000 in its history. "Our history and our tradition for the Green Bay Packers obviously far exceeds what happens on the football field and this tournament definitely represents that," McCarthy is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "It's a privilege to keep this tournament going, raise the money for cystic fibrosis, a great cause." The event occurred on the eve of minicamp in Green Bay where McCarthy will be busy on Tuesday.
A feature on recently signed Packers cornerback Brandon Smith appears at Packer Report with a touching story about how he had a tryout with the Packers shortly after his mother died. “It was an easy decision to come here,” Smith is quoted as saying by reporter Bill Huber. “With me having this one opportunity, this one chance, I know this is what my mom would have wanted me to do. I love my mom, through death and beyond. I love her right now as we speak.”
A Q&A with former Packers defensive lineman Gilbert Brown appears at JSOnline, including his thoughts on B.J. Raji.
One more article on the Packers focusing on causing fumbles is published at the Press-Gazette.
Since 1970, the Packers have drafted more players from USC than any other university, as noted by FootballPerspective.com.
Safety Morgan Burnett gets particular attention in some analysis of defensive backs over at FootballOutsiders.com.
Video: Work continues on the Donald Driver statue outside Titletown Brewing Company, from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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