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Packers Sign Nick Perry, All 8 Picks Signed Before Rookie Camp

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Packers Sign Nick Perry, All 8 Picks Signed Before Rookie Camp

The Green Bay Packers announced Friday that it had signed Nick Perry, the team's first-round pick out of USC, to a contract, ensuring all eight of the Packers' 2012 draft picks would be under contract in advance of the team's rookie mini-camp.

 

The team's rookie camp runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday in Green Bay.

The Packers selected Perry with the No. 28 overall pick in the first round of last month's draft. A defensive end at USC, Perry will be asked to stand up and play rush linebacker opposite Clay Matthews in Green Bay.

The team already completed deals with the other seven picks, which includes Jerel Worthy, Casey Hayward, Mike Daniels, Jerron McMillian, Terrell Manning, Andrew Datko and B.J. Coleman.

 

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packsmack25's picture

I also saw that the Packers have over $10 million in cap space. Looks like Jennings et. al are gonna get some nice extensions this year.

Brooklyn81's picture

Yeah and cut Driver

pkrNboro's picture

Jennings will turn 29 in September.

I'm not sure the Packers can afford Rodgers, Matthews, Raji, and Jennings. In 2009, they gave Jennings an extension with an $11.25 million signing bonus. He'll likely want more next time -- I don't see the Packers paying that for a player that will turn 30 in the first year of the contract.

The Packers are deep at receiver and have (seemingly) better than average ability to acquire talent at that position. The organization can capitalize on that skill and sign cheaper talent so a huge chunk of team salary (Jennings/Finley/Nelson/Jones) is not disproportionately spent on a few pass catchers.

packsmack25's picture

Without Jennings, Jordy disappeared against the Chiefs playing man coverage. Jennings makes the offense tick, period. 30 is still pretty young for WRs, who usually take 3 years to develop.

pkrNboro's picture

Finley was the guy that disappeared.

Rodgers had a crap game.

It was the first game without Jennings; I'm sure the Packers could adjust without him, particularly with Cobb coming on.

I'm concerned there will be too much money tied up in offensive players. Even with new-age, new-rules -- I'm still not convinced that offense wins championships.

Rocky70's picture

Agreed. A little less offense & alot more defense will bring the Lombardi back to GB. Historically, great offensive teams seldom win it all (without some "D"). Historically, great defensive teams seldom win it all (without some offense). (I know, I know ---- there are exceptions to the norm) It doesn't have to be 50-50, but it can't be what GB had in season 2011.

packsmack25's picture

The fact is, defensive players are cheaper by nature. So it's not like you're robbing Peter to pay Paul, you're just investing money where it needs to be invested.

As far as Finley disappearing and not Jordy, you are insane. Jordy got zero separation and had fewer catches and yards than Ryan Grant, who isn't exactly known for his receiving skills. And Finley was being double-teamed, whereas Jordy was just losing one-on-ones. Jordy Nelson is a GREAT #2 receiver, but he is not a #1 guy like Jennings. The Packers know that, and they'd be dumb to let one walk away. Especially one that is as good of a teammate as Jennings.

Anthony's picture

It will all come down to if Cobb, Gurley, or any of the other WR's pan out. If they have great successes in their limited time, and if we definitely keep Finley longer than three years, I think we could see Jennings not being a Packer eventually. Jennings is probably my favorite receiver, but we have to understand that we can't continue to give out huge contracts.

If Jennings wants to stay, he will. Because he knows he would get more on the open market than with the Packers.

If you look at the Packers right now -- They're near the cap. They will almost have to let star players go sometimes (as they did with Jenkins).

We do have Pickett, Driver, Saturday, and (sadly) Woodson retiring in the next few years. Hopefully that is enough money to give Rodgers, Raji, Matthews and Shields new contracts. Shields and Raji, if they progress from last year, they could be demanding a lot more than originally thought.

But with AJ Hawk eventually getting cut in the next year or two (there's no doubt he wont last his full contract), and us finding new, young talent, we should be okay. But it's always interesting how TT handles his roster.

Brooklyn81's picture

Jennings will be a long time Packer he is a huge part of the offense and will continue a high level of play well into his 30s a 4 or 5 year contract will get done. The Packers and Jennings would be dumb not to work this out.

Woodson4president's picture

Exactly, Jordy is great, but having Greg on the other side is always going to help. Greg is the main player in this offense and there isnt a chance hes gone before hes 34

Jamie's picture

I say we just cut Jennings outright. Too much money spent on top 5-7 players at their position. I mean, worst case scenario we develop that Zweifel guy.

packsmack25's picture

+1

Woodson4president's picture

Cut Jennings? Probably the dumbest thing i have ever heard. Why dont we just cut Arod while were at it? Jordy is great Cobb will be very good too, but James Jones sucks and hes lazy! So yeah lets cut GJ good idea.

PackersRS's picture

Relax a little bit... Unless... Sarcasm on top of sarcasm?

Lucky953's picture

Trade Jennings Nelson and Zweifel for Megatron. Jones at #2, Cobb in the slot with Driver and Gurley at 4 & 5. I know I know-- it's not for real but it would be fun and it would piss Brett off that Arod got Calvin but didn't give him Randy

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