Player News - Packers

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The Green Bay Press-Gazette expects the Packers to extend Aaron Rodgers after the draft.

The Packers have Rodgers signed through 2019 but want to extend him this offseason. Rodgers will likely wait to see what Kirk Cousins gets in free agency before signing, so it may be closer to training camp until anything gets done. Rodgers' next deal will make him the highest paid player in the league with an annual salary in the range of $30 million. There have been rumblings Green Bay could give Rodgers a fully guaranteed short-term extension.
Feb 16 - 7:15 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky believes the time might be right for Green Bay to move Ty Montgomery back to wide receiver.

Montgomery was an every-down running back the first three weeks of last season, but the injuries started kicking in soon after. 41 of his 71 carries came in Weeks 1-3 before suffering a wrist injury five snaps into Week 4. He then sustained broken ribs just a couple weeks later. Montgomery was eventually placed on I.R. after carrying the ball just 14 times Weeks 8-10. His body simply didn't hold up in the backfield, and the Packers have Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones as better options. At receiver, Montgomery could replace Randall Cobb in the slot.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 9:56 AM

Aaron Rodgers expects to be full-go for OTAs.

"Feeling great. Back into everything I like to do in the offseason with my training, and I’ll be ready to go in April." Rodgers hasn’t had any limitations in his workouts and looks to be fully over his collarbone injury. With Joe Philbin returning as coordinator, the Packers could make some offensive changes this offseason.
Feb 6 - 9:05 AM

Speaking on Golic and Wingo Thursday morning, Aaron Rodgers said his collarbone is "fine."

He even felt good enough to play a round of golf Wednesday at the Waste Management Pro-Am in Scottsdale. The two-time MVP came back from his collarbone injury in Week 15 but returned to I.R. a week later after the Packers were eliminated from postseason contention. In the interview, Rodgers also revealed he was unhappy the team fired QBs coach Alex Van Pelt, calling it an "interesting decision" while claiming the Packers never consulted him on it. The 34-year-old should be ready well in advance of OTAs.
Feb 1 - 9:58 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy said he and new OC Joe Philbin are taking a "back to basics" approach and rebuilding the offensive playbook this offseason.

McCarthy also said it'll be Philbin running the show on offense during the week, handling meetings and all other OC duties. Philbin was the Packers' OC from 2007-2011, and the Packers won a Super Bowl in that time while the offense was top 10 in points and total yards each year. Aaron Rodgers is still theoretically in his prime. Keeping him healthy will obviously go a long way.
Jan 24 - 12:41 PM

Jamaal Williams said he will work on his explosiveness this offseason.

Williams led the Packers with 556 rushing yards, but he averaged 3.6 yards per carry and had just six runs of 10 yards or more. "I’ve got to get my feet quicker and just get a little more speed happening and make sure that my knees are up," Williams said. "I’m just going to be working on my lateral movements, speed, make sure I get my knees up, make sure my lower body’s a lot stronger." With Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones returning from injury, Williams will have to improve to stay atop the depth chart.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 9:41 AM

Packers CB Damarious Randall underwent hand surgery.

It is reportedly a "minor" operation which will keep Randall out for six to eight weeks. That timeline means he should be 100 percent for the offseason program. Randall had a run in with the coaching staff early in the year, but he was the Packers' best corner down the stretch.
Jan 15 - 1:07 PM

Packers hired ex-Browns coach Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator.

Pettine, 51, will replace Dom Capers, who was finally let go after his defenses have been the biggest of the Packers' problems the past few years. Pettine has been the DC of very successful Jets and Bills' defenses in years past under coach Rex Ryan. He was a consultant for the Seahawks this past season. Pettine's No. 1 goal should be to fix the Packers' secondary concerns at cornerback.
Jan 10 - 12:55 PM

Packers hired ex-Colts OL coach Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator.

Mike Pettine is the defensive coordinator. Philbin, 56, was the Packers' offensive coordinator under coach Mike McCarthy from 2007-2011 before landing the Dolphins' head-coaching gig. He's spent the last two seasons as the Colts' OL coach after getting fired in Miami. McCarthy will likely continue to call the plays in Green Bay as Philbin helps in game-planning and with the offensive line.
Jan 10 - 12:52 PM

Packers hired ex-Giants QBs coach Frank Cignetti to the same position.

Cignetti was on coach Ben McAdoo's staff the past two seasons in New York, and both McAdoo and Cignetti have worked with Packers coach Mike McCarthy in the past. Cignetti was with McCarthy in New Orleans. Cignetti was a failure as the Rams' OC under Jeff Fisher and is best suited for position work.
Jan 10 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers are "preparing" to hire ex-Browns coach Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator.

It appears the Packers are leaning toward Pettine over fellow top candidates Vic Fangio and Gus Bradley. Pettine has been out of the league for two years but will inherit a defense that has talent in DE Mike Daniels, OLB Clay Matthews, DT Kenny Clark, and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. But the secondary needs a heck of a lot of work, especially on the back end at cornerback.
Jan 9 - 9:08 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews is recovering from a knee scope.

Matthews underwent the "clean-up" operation last week. He should be ready for the start of the offseason program. Going on 32, Matthews always seems to be battling some sort of minor injury but remained an effective pass rusher in 2017, notching 7.5 sacks and earning high marks from Pro Football Focus. Whomever the Packers hire to replace fired DC Dom Capers, Matthews will remain one of the defensive linchpins.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 3:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers will interview ex-Browns coach Mike Pettine for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Pettine and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have never worked together, but both are Pennsylvania-raised and spent time at Pittsburgh in the early-'90s. Pettine has been out of the league since being fired as the Browns' head coach following the 2015 season. He ran solid defenses in Buffalo and New York as one of coach Rex Ryan's righthand men. Pettine has run 3-4 fronts in the past.
Jan 8 - 6:15 PM

Packers promoted Russ Ball to EVP of football operations.

Brian Gutekunst was also officially announced as the general manager on Monday. Ball was passed over for that job, but he will get a promotion and a raise out of the deal. He will also retain his role as the chief contract negotiator as well as the salary cap manager.
Source: Packers.com
Jan 8 - 11:16 AM

The Green Bay Press-Gazette's Ryan Wood reports new Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is expected to be more active in free agency than ex-GM Ted Thompson.

Signing just one player would be more active than Thompson, but Wood is likely hinting at Gutekunst looking to build the roster with a lot more veteran help. That said, Thompson built a perennial contender with his draft-and-develop approach, so the Packers are not going to abandon the idea completely. If they plan to be more active in free agency, it would make sense to retain VP of football administration Russ Ball, who handled contract negotiations under Thompson.
Jan 7 - 6:46 PM


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