In an exclusive Q&A published in Green Bay Press-Gazette over the weekend, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talked about his future with the team and gave a possible timeline for retirement. "I said (in the past) eight more. I played eight (seasons), I think I can get eight more," Rodgers is quoted as saying by Mike Vandermause. "But this contract, the way it’s set up, it’s not comparable to some of the other similar contracts where the cap number becomes so large at the end of three and four and five (years) where they might have to re-do it. I think we can legitimately see this all the way through seven years. Now that would take very consistent play from me, for me to be worth those numbers for the next seven years. But I fully expect to play well and if I can play seven more good years and we can have some more success and win a couple more (titles), then it might be time to hang it up." If Rodgers can be healthy and play well enough to finish out his contract, that's about all fans could possibly ask for. Anything more would be a bonus.
Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett also addressed his future with the Packers in an interview with FoxSportsWisconsin.com. "I feel like I can play another three or four years, easily," Pickett is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "It depends on how my body feels. If my body starts feeling bad, then I'll call it quits. But I feel great." Expecting Pickett to play another three or four season may be a little too ambitious. He had another consistent season and his body didn't seem on the verge of breaking down, but at 33 years old, he's at the point where things can go downhill rather quickly. It's also worth noting that Pickett is a free agent after the current season.
A feature on undrafted offensive lineman Lane Taylor appeared in the Press-Gazette over the weekend. "Taylor, the 6-foot-3 and 324-pound offensive lineman from Oklahoma State, got his chance to work with the No. 2 offensive line – a lofty beginning for an undrafted rookie – early in the offseason workouts, and he has played well enough to consistently line up with the top group of backups ever since," writes reporter Rob Demovsky. It was also interesting to see in the article that Taylor has gotten some time at center this offseason. It could just be emergency training, but the offseason is the time of year to test those types of things out.
An article focusing on the return game appears at ESPNMilwaukee.com where Mike McCarthy made a great point. “Randall Cobb will definitely be playing receiver. We look for him to be a part of our primary focus as far as our approach to game planning, particularly in the passing game,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by reporter Jason Wilde. “Really, his special teams responsibility is really up to his teammates." Cobb will be the default return man because he's experienced and reliable. If he's going to be taken off returns, it will be up to other players on the team to prove they can be reliable too, and not fumble-prone.
Current Packers players talk about the legacy of Vince Lombardi in a feature at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A feature on cornerback Tramon Williams appears at the Press-Gazette.
A blog post on outside linebacker Nick Perry is published at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Lombardi Ave. asks who breakout players will be on the Packers roster.
ProFootballTalk.com asks you to vote for the Mt. Rushmore of the Green Bay Packers.
Video: Mike McCarthy paid a visit to Children's Hospital in Madison on Sunday, from NBC26 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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