Packers Daily Links: 2011 Tailgate Tour Announced

Five stops across Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula have been scheduled for May. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Dates and tour stops have been announced for the Packers' sixth annual Tailgate Tour in the month of May. "The tour will make stops in Marquette, Mich., on May 10, Ashland on May 11, Eau Claire on May 12, Wausau on May 13 and Green Bay on May 14, with evening tailgate parties held in each city to support a local nonprofit organization," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. Players joining the tour weren't announced yet, but for the first time, it looks as if Packers alumni will be joining the caravan as well.

Mike McCarthy indicated Nick Barnett wouldn't be part of the starting lineup going forward, or at least wouldn't get the first crack at it. Asked whether A.J. Hawk would be a three-down player, McCarthy told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I hope so," he said. "That’s up to the players. If he plays the way he did this year there’s no reason he shouldn’t be (a three-down player). (Desmond) Bishop played very well, too. We line up tomorrow, it’s A.J. and Bishop, and that’s the way we finished." Reading between the lines elsewhere in the article, there's a feeling that Brandon Chillar could be the odd man out instead of Barnett as well.

Tensions rose during the labor negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA as Packers president Mark Murphy took part in the proceedings in Washington, D.C. "With the two sides far apart on key economic issues, nine of the 10 members of the owners’ labor committee joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the office of the federal mediator overseeing the negotiations — but, the union complained, none of the owners met with any of the players on hand," writes Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press. The deadline for an agreement is this afternoon.

Reports continue to come in from Madison where the Packers where just one of many teams on hand to check out Wisconsin's pro day. Offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt were two of the day's attractions. "The Badgers are an offensive line factory and they’ve got a couple of good ones in OT Gabe Carimi and OG/C John Moffitt," writes Tom Silverstein. "Carimi could be around when the Bears pick 29th overall and Moffitt will be available later." Underrated interior offensive lineman Bill Nagy was also on display, and he should get a chance somewhere in the NFL, as an undrafted free agent at minimum.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated touches on why Mike McCarthy attended Wisconsin's pro day. "Super Bowl-winning Packers head coach Mike McCarthy admitted he attended his first Badgers pro day in part because he just wanted to get out of the office and take a small step toward starting Green Bay's 2011 season," writes Banks. "Can you blame him, given the depressing drip, drip, drip of news coming out of the CBA talks in Washington, D.C., this week?" With no end to the labor unrest in sight, it does have to be boring preparing for a season when no players may even be present for a while.

Total Packers notes J.J. Watt was on display for the Packers, even if it's unlikely he'll be available late in the first round. "Watt, who played in the 4-3 in college, looks like he’ll be able to transition to a 3-4 defensive end in the pros," writes Monty McMahon. Watt could be one of the first ten draft choices in April.

In other pro day news, the Packers attended workouts at both Bringham Young and Colorado State.

James Starks' 2010 season is evaluated over at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

John Rehor of Packers Lounge was disappointed by Mike and Mike's Packers two-a-day preview.

Cheesehead Radio returned for an offseason episode last night.

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bigfog's picture

March 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

Love the fact that the tour is stopping in Upper Michigan. Suck on it Lions!

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CALIPACKFAN's picture

March 11, 2011 at 04:10 pm

Wished that they also came to California for the tailgate tour but I know that can't happen.

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redlights's picture

March 11, 2011 at 05:16 pm

Maybe the Vikings would stop (and stay?).

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ohenry78's picture

March 12, 2011 at 04:27 pm

Would they even be able to do this if the lockout is still going on?

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