Packers Daily Links: Rodgers Attends Soccer Game In Milwaukee

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made an appearance on behalf of the MACC Fund at Sunday's professional indoor soccer game. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made an appearance at a Milwaukee Wave professional indoor soccer game on Sunday. "Rodgers flew in on his own dime, team officials said, to make a promotional appearance on behalf of the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer," writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The Wave made a $12,500 donation to the MACC Fund." This is just one of several charitable efforts from Rodgers over the past several seasons on behalf of the MACC Fund.

Packers president Mark Murphy spoke to the press over the weekend following the the expiration of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the NFLPA's decision to decertify and the filing of a class action antitrust lawsuit on behalf of several players. "Murphy left Washington, D.C., disappointed the NFL wasn't able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, but he said talk of regular-season games being missed is way too premature," writes Tom Silverstein. The NFL and the players can continue to negotiate, although when that happens next has yet to be determined.

The Packers announced they have plans in place to cut salaries of management. "The Packers said Saturday they’ve frozen salaries and hiring, and have provisions for sizeable salary cuts at higher levels of the organization, though those have not yet been initiated," writes Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. For the time being the Packers have avoided layoffs and mandatory furloughs that a couple other teams in the NFL are doing.

Representatives of the Packers attended a couple pro day events over the course of the weekend including Ohio State. "Players who did participate included Jermale Hines, Ross Homan, Brian Rolle, Dane Sanzenbacher, Taurian Washington, Dexter Larimore, Devon Torrence, Brandon Saine, Grant Schwartz, Devin Barclay, Jake McQuaide, Ricky Crawford, Connor Smith, and Chimdi Chekwa, although he didn't run the 40 under the advice of his agent, Drew Rosenhaus," according to ElevenWarriors.com. Potential first-round draft choice Cameron Heyward did not work out while he was still recovering from offseaosn elbow surgery.

The Packers were also in attendance at Arizona's pro day, which featured outside linebacker Brooks Reed. "They attended Saturday's only pro day," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report (subscription required). "At Arizona, the Packers got a look at their potential No. 1 pick again." Reed is a player whose name is climbing up charts after an impressive Combine performance.

Speaking of the Combine, East Carolina wide receiver Dwayne Harris was one a couple teams reported to have met with the Packers in Indianapolis. "He also met with the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and the Miami Dolphins at the combine," writes Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Of course, Harris probably met with many other teams as well.

Although they got his name wrong, it appears as if Packers quarterback Graham Harrell will be throwing to Abilene Christian University's Edmund Gates at their pro day scheduled for Mar. 21. "Gates will post numbers for both shuttle drills, the broad jump, as well as run routes for the scouts. Reserve Green Bay Packers quarterback Clark Harrell is in town and will throw passes to Gates," writes Bryson Shake of the Optimist. Gates ran the fastest 40-yard dash among all wide receivers at the NFL Combine.

The opinions of Packers fans on the NFL's labor strife were gathered by Tony Walter of the Press-Gazette.

A column placing blame with both the owners and the players is written by Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette.

Both Brett Swain and Korey Hall are evaluated over at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

Mikel Leshoure is predicted to go to the Packers in the first round of a mock draft at Bleacher Report.

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ohenry78's picture

March 14, 2011 at 09:28 am

It would be pretty sweet to get Brooks Reed in the draft. Then we could have call our OLB corps The Flowing Locks or something like that.

Heck, get Casey Matthews with a mid round pick while we're at it. Then if something happens to Bishop, we'd have Hawk, Reed, Matthews and Matthews (which sounds like a lawyer firm, no?) there. It would look like a Norse army or something.

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Doug in Sandpoint's picture

March 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hairway to Heaven.

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ohenry78's picture

March 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

+1

They HAVE to draft him now, just so that we can use that name.

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cow42's picture

March 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

Reed sounds like "Packer People".

Go get him, TT!

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