Packers Daily Links: Underwood Pleads No-Contest To Charges Of Prostitution

The Brandon Underwood case finally came to an end more than eight months after the incident happened. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood pled n0-contest to charges of prostitution stemming from an incident this past June in the Wisconsin Dells area. "Police Chief Thomas Dorner said Underwood appeared in Sauk County Circuit Court on Wednesday to enter the plea," writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The judge found Underwood guilty and fined him $379.00." Perhaps the most interesting angle of the whole story is that it took over eight months to run its course.

With news that A.J. Hawk, Donald Lee and Derrick Martin had been released, and Hawk will later re-sign, Tom Silverstein does a good job pointing out the financial ramifications for the Packers. "In releasing Hawk, Lee and Martin, the Packers shaved off $13.335 million from their payroll and $10.785 million from their 2011 salary cap (if there is one)," writes Silverstein. "Some of that cap money will be eaten up by Hawk's new deal." The Packers had a lot of money invested into 2011 and needed a way to find some space if a cap returned. They still have several more of their own free agents to sign, which will take a significant chunk of money.

As for Martin, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post thinks he could land elsewhere in the NFL. "Martin is expected to draw interest as a free agent once the collective bargaining agreement is resolved," writes Wilson. Martin's release came as somewhat of a surprise considering he was one of the team's better special teams players and didn't have a huge contract in 2011. The Packers must feel confident with their special teams personnel and depth at safety going forward.

Packers players will be promoting the release of the official Super Bowl championship DVD this upcoming week. "Donald Driver, A.J. Hawk and James Jones will be conducting three autograph signings in the Green Bay area for fans that purchase a copy of the Super Bowl XLV Champions DVD," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. This is the one with footage provided by NFL Films.

The running back by committee approach may be coming to Green Bay writes Michael Fabiano of NFL.com. "I’m still fulling [sic] expecting [Ryan] Grant to open next season atop the Packers depth chart, but he’s almost certain to see a decrease in touches with [James] Starks in the mix. The team also has the option of bringing back one or both of impending free agents John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson, which would further cloud the situation." Kuhn and Jackson wouldn't really cloud the situation. As long as everyone is healthy, they should have clearly defined roles with Jackson playing on third downs and obvious passing downs and Kuhn playing in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Left tackle Chad Clifton reinforced that he's ready for another season in a feature at the Packers official website. "Clifton also knows his body, so when he says that this is as good as he’s felt physically 'in a number of years' after a season, even a 20-gamer, there’s no reason to doubt him," writes Mike Spofford of Packers.com. "General manager Ted Thompson expressed his desire at the scouting combine for Clifton to remain the starting left tackle for the time being." The assumption has to be that Clifton is the starting left tackle for the entire 2011 season, at least for now.

Packers president Mark Murphy attended Wednesday's labor mediation session, but the Associated Press says negotiations have reached the 11th hour. "The NFL and the players' union no longer have months or weeks or days to reach a new collective bargaining agreement," according to the article. "If they don't get it done before Thursday turns to Friday on the East Coast, pro football's first work stoppage since 1987 is almost a certainty."

Bryan Bulaga is given a post-season evaluation at AllGreenBayPackers.com.

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jeremy's picture

March 03, 2011 at 11:30 am

I don't expect both Kuhn and Jackson back, maybe not either of them. What do you guys think?

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March 03, 2011 at 12:38 pm

They will be back in training camp at the very least. Both have their specialties that are helpful to the offense.

Though I do think other players could push them out of their roles with the right performance in training camp / preseason. Part of it also depends on how the rest of the roster plays out.

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PkrNboro's picture

March 03, 2011 at 09:27 pm

I'd be more inclined to think that Quinn Johnson and Korey Hall would not be back.

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jeremy's picture

March 03, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Really? Both of them are under contract. Jackson and Kuhn are free agents.

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ZeroTolerance's picture

March 04, 2011 at 12:01 am

A CB should be drafted high. Say bye-bye to Brandon. 6th round selection, wants to dangle it more than being active game day. His wife agrees.

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