Although no deal is imminent, the Packers and free-agent running back Steven Jackson have been in contact about a potential deal, according to Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. "A source told the Press-Gazette that Jackson and the Packers were discussing a three-year contract on Wednesday," writes Dougherty. "If the sides complete the deal, the Packers would be signing one of the league’s best backs since the St. Louis Rams selected him at No. 24 overall in the 2004 draft, though at an age (30 in July) when most players at his position are in significant decline." The Packers and the Falcons are thought to be the two teams most-interested in Jackson. People get fixated upon the dollar amount, but the years included in the deal is an important factor too.
As a report at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel goes into some detail, the name Eugene Parker is of utmost importance to the Packers and their immediate future. "The complicated part is that the fates of receiver Greg Jennings and running back Steven Jackson are woven together because they affect the offense in different ways and have the same representative," writes reporter Tom Silverstein. It's an interesting dynamic. Can the Packers afford to pay only one of these players and not both? Is there actually a conflict of interest? It's a situation that needs to be handled very delicately.
Further complicating matters in free agency is the status of tight end Jermichael Finley. "The longer the Packers wait out Jennings, the worse Jermichael Finley’s situation becomes," writes Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. "The team has told the tight end that he’s on the roster and general manager Ted Thompson has not asked Finley to take a pay cut. But Finley’s camp is in limbo. If Green Bay is able to land Jennings — whenever that is — there’s a good chance the Packers circle back to Finley and ask him to take less money or release him." Finley's $3 million roster bonus is reportedly due on Mar. 27. The Packers will have to make a decision on Finley by then, and while perhaps not likely, a trade is not out of the question either.
Tackle Marshall Newhouse reportedly led the Packers in a program that pays NFL players who perform beyond their salaries, netting him $214,335 this week, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Newhouse, who played all 1,103 regular-season snaps at left tackle, was awarded that team-leading amount as part of the NFL's performance-based pay benefit program." Newhouse received a salary in the neighborhood of $500,000 this past season, a rate out-paced by many full-time starters in the NFL, particularly left tackles.
Former Packer Charles Woodson is visiting the San Francisco 49ers.
Taking a look at some young players vital to the future of the Packers is JSOnline.
The annual checkup series continues at Fox Sports Wisconsin with running back James Starks.
General manager Ted Thompson gets put under the microscope at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
The Packers had a formal interview with Florida tight end Jordan Reed at the NFL Combine, according to Packer Report.
Video: From WBAY, the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest is currently being held at Lambeau Field...
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 [email protected].
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