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Packers Daily Links: Green Bay Expresses Interest in Minnesota Kicker

In an article published over the weekend in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn reports the Packers have expressed an interest in University of Minnesota kicker Jordan Wettstein. "Played at De Pere," writes McGinn. "Never kicked in high school but was a top soccer player. Walked on at Minnesota, where he assumed the kicking duties for the final six games of 2011 and all of '12. Made 20 of 28 field-goal attempts (71.4%) with a long of 51. Kicked for the Green Bay Blizzard indoor team from early February until about two weeks ago, when he left to prepare for free-agent opportunities." Whether the Packers' interest has cooled since signing fellow kicker Giorgio Tavecchio as a free agent is up for debate. The Packers also have an opportunity to take a more highly-regarded kicker during the NFL Draft.

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre discussed the potential of him making amends with the Packers organization on a recent radio appearance in Dallas. "I think some probably want to see it go away,” Favre is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of “As far as coming back to Green Bay? We'll do it one day." Favre wasn't any more specific about that particular topic during his interview, but he did elaborate about several other subjects, including playing Green Bay as a member of the Vikings.

More on Brett Favre comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Through discussions with NFL pro personnel men, the Packers' Josh Sitton is ranked the sixth-best guard in the NFL by Dan Pompei in his weekly Sunday column at the National Football Post. "He is a tough, all-around blocker who plays hard on every snap and is technically sound," writes Pompei. "A front office man pointed out the Packers usually slide protection away from Sitton and give him very little help, and he doesn’t require any." It's tough to argue against Sitton's high ranking. Packers fans should know exactly how valuable he is.

It was reported that Ohio State outside linebacker Nathan Williams has drawn interest from the Green Bay Packers in a post by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline. “If I was opposite (Clay Matthews) and I could learn from him, that would be great,” Williams is quoted as saying in an interview. “I look up to him. Knowing what he’s been through — to walk on at USC and everything he’s gone through — his career has kind of taken off. I feel my career is going to very similar to his. I’m going to excel once I get into the league.” The Packers certainly need to add depth at the outside linebacker position after losing Erik Walden and Frank Zombo to free agency this offseason. Williams is a player worth keeping tabs on during the middle to late rounds of the Draft.

With the Packers' offseason workout program beginning Monday, Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel takes a closer look at people and changes in store as the team begins official preparations for the 2013 season.

General manager Ted Thompson's draft record is analyzed in a column by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.

A pre-draft positional preview series begins at Fox Sports Wisconsin with the quarterback and running back draft classes.

The interior offensive line of college prospects get attention over at Packer Report with an article and a ranking of players.

Now that center Evan Dietrich-Smith has signed his tender offer from the Packers, Adam Czech of takes a look at the lack of interest "EDS" received in restricted free agency.

Spencer Faulkes, an 11 year old with juvenile diabetes, writes about his relationship with former Packer Tom Crabtree at the tight end's official website.

Lombardi Ave. has takes on trading down in the draft, not taking a running back in the first round and draft-eligible centers.

Video: The daily pre-draft position report focuses on running backs at the Press-Gazette...

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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Evan's picture

It was reported over the weekend that the Jets and Saints are talking Chris Ivory. I read a 5th round pick was being discussed. A 5th round pick for Ivory would be an insanely good deal, imo.

jmac34's picture

Remember that GB would have to beat a fifth round pick from the JETs so they would have to give up a fourth round pick for Ivory. I can't really see that happening

Evan's picture

Yeah, that's true. And a 4th is certainly a steep price for Ted (though a deal I'd make since it fills a hole on the cheap). Maybe he could sweeten it with another pick in 2014 or something. But whatever. It's not going to happen. I've just been on the Ivory bandwagon since the trading deadline last year and I hate to see the Jets make a smart move.

Franklin Hillside's picture

Also, Josh Sitton and TJ Lang are the top-ranked guard tandem on Twitter.

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