Green Bay Packers

Packers expected to re-sign BJ Raji

Pending Green Bay Packers free agent DT BJ Raji will likely be staying in Green Bay, just as he stayed in the area to rehab his torn biceps tendon during training camp in 2014.

“I’m glad he stayed here,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said last week at the NFL Combine. “I’m glad he stayed with us and was part of the family. I thought it was good having him around, it was good for the young guys. So, hope to get him back, too. Would be great to have him back.”

According to a league source, the Packers will do their best to keep Raji for 2015 and beyond.

The biceps injury was the first major injury of his career and he’s ready to bounce back. “I’ve done pretty well from an injury standpoint,” he said. ”so I believe the way that I’m built, No. 1, and just the way my body holds up physically, the type of work I do in the offseason I can play a number of more years.”

Report: Packers Expected To Re-Sign DL B.J. Raji

Bill Huber of of PackerReport.com reports that the Packers are expected to re-sign free agent DT B.J. Raji.
The Packers are also reportedly interested in bringing back NT Letroy Guion, even though he had some recent issues that resulted in an arrest for felony possession of marijuana and a firearm.
With this in mind, it’s not all that surprising to hear that they could bring Raji back for another season, as he’s more than familiar with their defensive system and they could probably use the defensive line depth.
Raji, 28, was forced to sign a one-year contract worth $4 million after he found very limited interest on the open market last year.
Unfortunately for Raji, he sustained a torn right biceps shortly before the start of the season and was subsequently placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Despite being out for the year, Raji elected to hang around the team, which is something that impressed HC Mike McCarthy.
“I’m glad he stayed here,” McCarthy said at the Scouting Combine. “I’m gla

Packers to open up Lambeau Field for Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame ceremony

While it isn’t exactly what Brett Favre requested, the Green Bay Packers did at least make a decision that will allow more fans to at least tangentially attend the legendary quarterback’s induction into the team’s Hall of Fame and related jersey retirement. The ceremony, scheduled for July 18, will be held in the Lambeau Field…Read More
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Friday web roundup: Green Bay Packers

Brandon Bostick: Death threats made ►
Former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick said he received death threats after he …

Green Bay Packers Saves $3.6 Million in Dropping Veteran A.J. Hawk ►
He was also set to make $5.1 million next season and with the decision of the Green Bay Packers to release him, the team makes an approximate savings of …

Packers pay $2.8M for Road Star Inn near Lambeau ►
The Green Bay Packers rounded out the team’s acquisitions of a key block near Lambeau Field with the $2.8 million purchase of the Road Star Inn near the …

Three more who would look good in Green and Gold ►
There has been plenty of Green Bay Packers news here in early February – and most recently with free agency creeping up on us, we’ve heard all the talk about …

Packers Need to Address ILB Position but Not Necessarily in Round 1 ►
The Green Bay Packers have made it clear their primary personnel focus this offseason is the inside linebacker position. “I think th…

Death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Once in a while I like to take a step back and remind myself and anyone listening that this world has a lot to offer. So many things can and should give inspire us — love, sex, money, food, travel, work, music, cinema, physical exercise, and of course sports. Some of us can’t get enough of all of that, some have other vices, some only one or two. But although work and sports are one in the same for me, I make sure I spend time honing myself on the rest of life’s passions.
That’s gotta be important, right? Because if we put all of our eggs into just one avocational interest, we risk hitting rock bottom if that particular interest crashes on us. Better to diversify your areas of interest in order to avoid feeling the need to threaten the life of a 25-year-old for making one mistake in one game.
That’s what happened to former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick after he botched an onside kick recovery against the Seattle Seahawks in a January playoff game, according to Bost…

Green Bay Packers: Top 3 kickers of all-time

Last but certainly not least we take a look at the top 3 kickers of all-time in Green Bay Packer history. Maybe the position with the most pressure, placekickers can single handily win or lose games for their team. To be a great kicker you have to have confidence, mental toughness, accuracy, and the strength to kick it from anywhere on the field. The Green Bay Packers have been very fortunate to have some great placekickers throughout the team’s history, especially recently. So for the last time let’s see who makes the top 3.
3. Chris Jacke (1989-1996)
Chris Jacke was almost automatic from 50 yards or farther
Chris Jacke was a solid placekicker for eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers. With the Packers he made 77% of his field goals and 98% of his extra points. He has the fourth most points in Green Bay Packer history only behind Mason Crosby, Ryan Longwell, and Don Hutson. Jacke has the third most attempted kicks in team history to go along with 17 field goals of 50 plus yards, best in Packer histo

Brandon Bostick received death threats after botched play

Former Green Bay Packers’ tight end Brandon Bostick has taken severe heat since he botched an onside kick in the NFC Championship game this past January.
Bostick’s error definitely weighed towards shifting the game into the Seahawks’ favor and eliminating the Packers from Super Bowl contention. 
Since then, Bostick has published a very emotional statement on the MMQB that explains how the play impacted him and what he has gone through. The statement indicated that he’s even received death threats since the failed onside kick recovery.

I messed up in the NFC Championship Game, and trust me. I’ll probably think about my role in the botched onside kick every day for the rest of my life. It haunts me like a recurring nightmare.
I knew it was a big deal. I knew it was a key mistake that cost us a trip to the Super Bowl. But, with all due respect, I think the media kind of took it and ran with it. I became the singular scapegoat.
Social media didn’t help, either. I don’t know how many death

VIDEO: AJ Hawk Talks About his Release from the Green Bay Packers

It didn’t take long, but class act AJ Hawk had some effusive kind words for the Green Bay Packers, the team that just let him go.
Thanks for the 9 years, AJ – you gave your all…

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Mike McCarthy ‘adamant’ Julius Peppers will return to Packers

According to Pete Dougherty of Packers News, the Green Bay Packers will keep linebacker Julius Peppers another season, the pass rusher is due $8.5 million in base salary, $500,000 in a workout bonus, and $500,000 in per game roster bonuses.
His salary will count $12 million against the Packers salary cap in 2015.
Peppers was everything and more in his first year with the team aassuming the ‘elephant’ position in the defense aand added a toughness the unit lacked from previous seasons.
“I must be the only one who doesn’t understand why that question keeps coming up,” McCarthy said, wondering out loud why reporters continue to ask the obvious.
Dougherty writes:
‘At the NFL scouting combine last week, coach Mike McCarthy was adamant that Peppers, 35, will be back with the Packers next season despite his high pay and advanced age. Peppers is a good candidate for a contract restructure if the Packers need salary cap room – they could convert some of his salary into a signing bonus, …

Packers cut A.J. Hawk

While this probably doesn’t come as a shock to Green Bay Packers fans, it’s still kind of a jolt when someone who has such long ties to an organization gets bid a farewell. A.J. Hawk was drafted sixth overall by the Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft and went on to become the leading tackler in the history of the franchise.
The cut will give the Packers $3.5 million in cap space. Hawk is 31 and had ankle surgery after the season. It will be interesting to see where he ends up.
 

Green Bay Packers release A.J. Hawk

The Green Bay Packers announced on Wednesday that they have released veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk. This isn’t too surprising of a move considering that Hawk has topped out as a marginal linebacker in the NFL and the Packers have cheaper alternatives on the roster.
A top-five pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hawk started 136 games in nine seasons. He has recorded 100-plus tackles five times and put up a career-high five sacks back in 2013. Though, advanced stats have not been kind to the veteran. According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Hawk graded out 52nd out of a possible 60 inside linebackers in overall performance this past season.
Set to count $5.1 million against the cap in 2015, the Packers saved $3.6 million by releasing him.
General manager Ted Thompson had this to say about the move (via Packers official site).

A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons. He was a durable and consiste

Report: Packers not focused on Randall Cobb right now

The Green Bay Packers have a couple high-value free agents set to hit the open market next month. While most of the attention has been on star receiver Randall Cobb, CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that the team is more focused on retaining offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga right now.
Green Bay reportedly has concern that the market for Cobb is “likely to get out of hand.” That’s not too much of a surprise considering the Pro Bowl campaign he put up in 2014. Cobb caught 91 passes for nearly 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season. Equally as impressive, he brought in 72 percent of the passes thrown in his direction.
With Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas likely to receive the franchise tag in the coming weeks, there is a good chance that Cobb will be the best available receiver on the free agent market come March 10th. That’s likely going to increase his market a great deal, especially with wide receiver-needy teams possessing a ton of cap space.
It was previously reported that Co

Is Sam Barrington the answer at ILB for the Packers?

By the standards of most NFL teams, the Green Bay Packers had a successful 2014 season. They went undefeated at home, won their division, and were a few plays away from being the NFC’s representative in the Super Bowl. But the fans and the organization itself are used to this level of success, and often, anything less than a championship is seen as a wasted season. Changes have already been made with the coaching staff and personnel, and others may be coming. One major question mark is at the inside linebacker position. Longtime starter AJ Hawk just had surgery and it’s no sure thing the Packers will bring him back.  Brad Jones is already gone. Clay Matthews’ future role is nebulous at best, and Jamari Lattimore seemed to have played his way out of a starting spot as the season went on. The only reasonably consistent player at the position is Sam Barrington.

The 2013 7th round pick out of South Florida played in 14 games last season and finished with 39 solo tackles, a sack, and …

Green Bay Packers: Top 3 defensive backs of all-time

A ball-hawking secondary is what makes a good defense a great defense. The secondary’s ability to create turnovers at any point in a game is a great asset to have. The Green Bay Packers have had many great players in the secondary throughout the franchise’s history but who would be the top three of all-time?

Charles Woodson (2006-2012)
Charles Woodson was not so happy to be signing with Green Bay in 2006. He was on record for saying, “I do not want to go to Green Bay”. However, like most people from either coast they don’t realize how special a place the Midwest and especially Green Bay, Wisconsin is. After his time in Green Bay was over Woodson had this to say, “It was truly a blessing coming to Green Bay”. In Charles Woodson’s seven years with the team he accomplished many things that no Packer player had done before and even things no player in NFL history had done. Woodson was a four time Pro Bowler with the Packers, led the NFL in interceptions in 2009 and 2011, Super Bowl Champion, and

Ted Thompson Green Bay Packers 2014 Evaluation and Report Card

Packers GM Ted Thompson1) Introduction:  Like the team he put together, Ted Thompson didn’t get off to that great of a start this season. Top draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix couldn’t even crack the starting lineup out of training camp. Mid-round picks Corey Bradford and Khyri Thornton looked like busts from the get-go. Late-round pick Jared Abbrederis blew out his knee. Corey Linsley looked like a short-armed powerhouse who didn’t have the mobility to play center in the NFL.
Thompson finally dipped into free agency, but even those moves looked iffy at first. Julius Peppers was old and Letroy Guion was hurt all of training camp.
By the end of the season, however, the Packers front office once again looked like geniuses. The majority of Thompson’s moves worked out, and the Packers should remain in contention for the foreseeable future.
2) Profile:
Ted Thompson

Age: 62
Born: 1/17/1953 in Atlanta, Texas
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 220
College: Southern Methodist
Rookie Year: 1975
NFL Experienc…