Packers Daily Links: Matthews Presents At Grammy's

Linebacker Clay Matthews made an appearance at the Grammy Awards last night. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Linebacker Clay Matthews continued the Packers' run through pop culture following their Super Bowl victory with an appearance at the Grammy Awards yesterday. "Matthews was one of the presenters and got to say about two words when he and Glee’s Lea Michele introduced Lady Antebellum’s performance," writes Monty McMahon of Total Packers, where there is also video of Matthews' appearance.

Wide receiver James Jones could be a free agent target of the Cleveland Browns thinks Jeff Schudel of the News-Hearald in Ohio. "If the new CBA reverts to making a player an unrestricted free agent after four years, the Browns can go after [Sidney] Rice or James Jones from the Super Bowl champion Packers," writes Schudel. One would have to think Jones will want to test the free agent market.

Former Packer Matt Bowen breaks down tape from cornerback Sam Shields' performance against Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace during the Super Bowl. As you'll remember, Wallace scored a touchdown against Shields. "What we see on the TV tape is Shields keeping his hands low at the snap," writes Bowen. "That’s a minus on the grade sheet. As a DB, your hands are your weapons at the point of attack in press-coverage. Keep your hands high and punch on the initial move from the WR." Shields had a very good rookie season. Hopefully he'll learn from this experience as he moves forward.

The decision by rookie offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga to turn pro after his junior season in college is reflected upon by Don Doxsie of the Quad-City Times. "Bulaga, who was a first-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, started 12 of 16 regular-season games as a rookie and became the youngest player to start a Super Bowl," writes Doxsie. Turned out to be the correct choice, didn't it?

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel turns an eye toward the future. "The defense figures to lose pass rusher Cullen Jenkins in free agency," writes McGinn. "Promising Mike Neal will replace him, but there is the huge void opposite Clay Matthews that Thompson undoubtedly will address with his full complement of draft choices plus a high compensatory pick for Aaron Kampman." McGinn also released his individual report card grades on Sunday. Click here to check out the defensive one.

The subject of Mike McCarthy signing a contract extension is tackled by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "It appears only a matter of time before [general manager Ted] Thompson will make it official and hand coach Mike McCarthy a contract extension of his own," writes Vandermause. "Unlike the 1990s, when coach Mike Holmgren departed for so-called greener pastures two years after winning the Super Bowl, it looks like Thompson and McCarthy could form a long-term partnership that points toward a promising future." McCarthy has given no indication that he wants to be a general manager, like Holmgren did.

Taking a look at some players to watch next season is BigSnakeMan over at PocketDoppler, including a peek at Mike Neal. "Jenkins’ forthcoming exit opens up a spot on the line for the 2nd year player out of Purdue," according to the post. "Neal showed a lot of strength and ability before he got injured.  He needs to prove he can continue to develop and stay healthy so he doesn’t become another Justin Harrell."

Ryan Cook of Acme Packing Company considers 10 offseason questions for the Packers.

"Has it sunk in yet?" asks John Rehor of Green Bay Packer Nation.

The Packers thrive on adversity says Mike Davidsen GBP Nation.

A Packers fan from the "Never Miss A Super Bowl Club" passed away this past week.

Green Bay's teamwork is praised by Bill Gosse.

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Jer's picture

February 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

CLEVELAND is interested in James Jones? Isn't this the same team that drafted Braylon Edwards? I guess actually having the ability to CATCH the ball isn't a prerequisite.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

February 14, 2011 at 01:00 pm

No one said they're interested. That is one writer's opinion.

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BrianD's picture

February 14, 2011 at 02:26 pm

Regarding the compensatory pick for Kampman: about where in the draft would it fall, and could we see similar picks awarded in the 2012 draft for the loss of Jenkins, Jones, or any other potential free agents?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

February 14, 2011 at 02:32 pm

We don't know where the compensatory pick for Kampman yet, but it will probably be somewhere in the range of a third to a fifth round pick. And yes, the Packers should get draft picks for the losses of any free agents provided that's part of the new CBA, but I don't see why it wouldn't be.

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Vincent Almazar's picture

February 16, 2011 at 02:49 pm

Hey guys check out this photo shoot Clay did with Five Four. He's wearing a Five Four Green Bay shirt too.

http://www.fivefourclothing.com/post/february-blog-2011/studio_five_four...

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