Packers Reportedly Set To Move On From John Kuhn

WTMJ reports that the Green and Gold plan to enter the 2016 season without the veteran fullback on the roster. 

Greg Matzek has the goods for WTMJ

John Kuhn would love nothing more than to return to the Green Bay Packers for at least one more season. According to a source I spoke with Thursday morning, the Packers have "moved on" from the 33-year old veteran fullback. 

While this is hardly a surprise, given the selection of Aaron Ripkowski in the draft last year, it is still a bit of a melancholy development that certainly marks the end of an era. 

Kuhn was still playing good football and one would suspect he could be back if injuries strike in camp or later in the season. 

 

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 12, 2016 at 01:40 pm

The writing was on the wall when Thompson drafting Ripkowski last year. Thompson plans ahead in the draft, and drafts for future replacements.

He drafted Cobb to replace Jennings.
He drafted Rollins to replace Hayward.
He drafted Ripkowski to replace Kuhn.

If this is true and they are truly moving on, I just would like to say that I appreciate everything that Kuhn has done for the Packers. My most memorable play from Kuhn is and will always be the block he put on Peppers to allow Rodgers to find a wide open Cobb for a TD.

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ray nichkee's picture

May 12, 2016 at 01:52 pm

My most memorable play was when he scored against SF in the home playoff game a few years back, went for the leap and the goal net was already going up. I was sitting right on the goal line. Not his fault, he took it like a champ, and everybody thought he slipped. The world needs more john kuhns.

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marpag1's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:46 pm

I will remember Kuhn coming all the way across the formation to chop down Julius Peppers, a block which enabled ARod to throw the game-winning 48 yard bomb to Randall Cobb to win the NFC North championship over the Bears in Chicago with less than a minute to go in the last game of 2013.

And then Kuhn was the first guy down in the end zone to celebrate with Cobb.

Good times, Bears fans. Good times.

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ray nichkee's picture

May 12, 2016 at 01:42 pm

I wouldn't be surprised either way but i just read a report that the packers have been in touch with him all offseason. I got a feeling he's taking it easy and staying in shape but has a speacial ringtone for the packers.

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lebowski's picture

May 12, 2016 at 01:54 pm

Love that vine of him plowing over a tackler. Looking forward to Rip doing the same.

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gr7070's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:07 pm

A year too late.

I'd argue that he was not still playing good football.

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Ferrari Driver's picture

May 12, 2016 at 03:47 pm

He made the pro bowl

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Mags's picture

May 12, 2016 at 05:12 pm

Pro Bowl is more of a popularity contest than anything. Nothing against Kuhn, he was a valuable member of the Packers for years. Time to move on with Rip.

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gr7070's picture

May 12, 2016 at 06:43 pm

He was one of about 4 FBs in the NFL. /hyperbole

Rafael Palmiero won a Gold Glove playing 28 games at first base and 128 games at DH.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 12, 2016 at 08:27 pm

I agree, pretty much. Ripkowski was disobliging in failing to beat out Kuhn, and MM was not complimentary about Rip after the season. I do agree that Kuhn´s level of play was not all that good last year. Missed more blocks last year than I can ever remember him missing. More of a get in the way blocker, too.

He has been a nice player for us for a long time, and seems to be a really nice person.

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gr7070's picture

May 12, 2016 at 09:40 pm

Good post, Reynaldo.

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zoellner25's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:09 pm

#12 is really going to miss him

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NashvilleCheesehead's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:10 pm

Melancholy, indeed. Hate to see an old-school Packer move on. I remember watching Packer games as far back as the early 60's. I wonder how many more Lombardi style players are left.....KUUUUUUHN!!!

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Mojo's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:19 pm

It would have made no sense to resign him, especially when they need a roster spot . He'll be available during the season if for whatever reason they need him. Same for James Jones. In a way it's like having an expanded roster when you cut veteran guys most other teams have no interest in.

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4thand1's picture

May 12, 2016 at 06:04 pm

Kuhn is the type of guy who would come back to help, a team player. He and AR are good friends,and it's the business side of football. He is fortunate in this day and age of throw the ball NFL,that he played as long as he did. All around great guy and team player. TY, TY, KUUUUUUHN!!!!

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croatpackfan's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:17 pm

Thank you John, for everything you left to the Packers. You'll live forever in hearts of true Packers fans...
Please, stay in touch. We might need you once more...
I would love if Packers will use one of preseason games as farewell game for John Kuhn!

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Spock's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:19 pm

Interesting, as PackerNews.com was reporting that talks between Packers and John Kuhn were "ongoing". It wouldn't surprise me if they bring him back one more year in his "mentor" role w/ Rip; also wouldn't surprise me if they indeed move on. After training camp I could see him as an "emergency" contact for the team.

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EddieLee's picture

May 12, 2016 at 02:52 pm

My favorite Kuhn play - week 17 against Chicago. Winner takes the division. Kuhn diving across the formation to block Peppers so Rodgers had enough time to hit Cobb. I could watch that play a 1,000 times.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

May 12, 2016 at 03:24 pm

When are we going to get some more ex Packers on the coaching staff???

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croatpackfan's picture

May 12, 2016 at 03:39 pm

Unfortunately, John Kuhn already express his wish to join media after he will retire. He has no interest in coaching...

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EdsLaces's picture

May 12, 2016 at 03:28 pm

Kuuuuuuuhhhhhhnnnnn...

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steven10825's picture

May 12, 2016 at 03:37 pm

Hey guys, completely off topic but what do you guys and maybe gals think of leonard fournette..... Ive watched everything i can on him.... He has more talent than any rb in the nfl right now..... When i watch him i just cant believe me eyes.

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lucky953's picture

May 12, 2016 at 03:43 pm

He's no Kuhn, ok?

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holmesmd's picture

May 13, 2016 at 05:47 am

Very talented young back! It's college though, not the NFL. There have been many very high profile college backs that fizzled in the NFL. I'm not saying it will be the case with this kid but I would hesitate to say that he's better than any current NFL backs. If he stays healthy , he should be a great NFL prospect! He's also really young I think?:)

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steven10825's picture

May 13, 2016 at 08:08 am

Haha true he is young. And not all college backs can transition. His physical gifts just jump out to me

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PETER MAIZ's picture

May 12, 2016 at 04:26 pm

Khun is 33, he's had a long run, it's time to move on. You don't live forever in the NFL.

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Zebra 3's picture

May 12, 2016 at 08:16 pm

My best wishes for KUUUhn.

He has been a solid team player for a long period of time. A fine career and being part of a Championship team, I would say he is satisfied.

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John Galt III's picture

May 13, 2016 at 08:47 am

TT has always had one of the youngest teams virtually every year. Makes sense if that is his way of doing things to let John Kuhn go, BUT only if Ripkowski can replace him.

If not Kuhn probably stays. Rip was tied for 3rd behind Banjo and Janis in ST solo tackles. I remember his name being called a lot on ST.

My son played at Marshall so I watch their games. Their RB, Devon Johnson is a Kuhn type player. He's a tremendous blocker.The Panthers picked him up as a UFA but if he is let go, we should take a look at him. He is 6'0'' - 240lbs and very, very fast for a FB - 4.59 seconds vs. Kuhn @ 4.87. In 2014 he ran for 1,767 yards. That is not a misprint.

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al bundy's picture

May 13, 2016 at 09:31 am

I'll beleive it when I see it come from Teds mouth. This guy is MM's pet and Rogers loves him too.

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ray nichkee's picture

May 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

I havn't tallied all the votes yet but I'm sure you, al bundy, are leading the race for the biggest idiot posting on this site. You sir are a disgrace to the real Al Bundy most of us have come to know, love, relate to, and laugh at. You have none of those characteristics. You are a disgrace to the name and packer fans.

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