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April 25, 2015

Longtime Reporter and Packers PR director Lee Remmel dies

Lee Remmel Press BoxLee Remmel started covering the Green Bay Packers in 1945.  He would cover coaching legends Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi for the Green Bay Press Gazette, then work for the organization before passing away on Thursday at the age of 90.

Remmel became the Packers’ public relations director in 1974 and served in that capacity until 2004.  He became the team’s historian and officially retired in 2007.

Remmel either covered or worked for every Packers coach and was honored at Super Bowl XL as one of 12 media contributors who had worked all 40 Super Bowls.

Remmel was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1996.  It was the same year the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl.

Shortly before his retirement in 2004, the Packers honored Remmel by naming the Lambeau Field Press Box after him.

Remmel didn’t have any children and his wife Noreen passed away in 2012.  The Green Bay Packers were his life.  He was known for his vast knowledge of the team and its history.

Packers add former Whitewater QB

Matt Blanchard - Photo by Ryan Coleman: D3photography.com

Matt Blanchard – Photo by Ryan Coleman: D3photography.com

The Green Bay Packers signed former UW-Whitewater quarterback Matt Blanchard today.  The signing was confirmed by Blanchard’s agent, Paul Sheehy.

Blanchard joins quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Scott Tolzien on the roster.

He spent last season on the Carolina Panthers’ injured reserve list after suffering a concussion during a preseason game against New England.  He also spent time on the Panthers practice squad in 2013 after breaking into the NFL with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.  He spent part of that rookie season on Chicago’s practice squad.

The Packers would like to have a developmental quarterback either on their roster or more likely the practice squad.  They decided not to re-sign last year’s No. 2 quarterback, Matt Flynn.

At UW-Whitewater, Blanchard went 25-0 as a starter and led the Warhawks to back-to-back NCAA Division III national titles.

Packers resign FB Kuhn, match offer sheet for Sean Richardson

John Kuhn

John Kuhn

Green Bay Packers fullback and fan favorite John Kuhn is back for a 9th season in Green Bay.  Kuhn has reached a deal with the Packers on a one-year deal at the NFL veteran minimum of $870,000.  The deal also includes workout and Pro Bowl bonuses.

Kuhn bulked up last season for blocking purposes.  His snaps were down, but he did earn All-Pro honors.

Sean Richardson

ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky reported today that the Packers informed safety Sean Richardson that they have matched the Oakland Raiders’ one-year, $2.55 million offer sheet, which means Richardson will be back in a Packers uniform for the upcoming season. [Read more…]

Richardson signs offer sheet with Raiders

Sean Richardson

Sean Richardson

Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson signed an offer sheet with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.  The one-year deal is worth $2.55 million and is reportedly fully guaranteed.

The Packers will have until Monday to decide whether or not to match the offer or let Richardson go to Oakland.

The Packers tendered Richardson with the minimum one-year, $1.5 million restricted free agent qualifying offer, meaning they would not receive any compensation if they chose not to match his offer.  Richardson entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt.

He suffered a neck injury as a rookie in 2012 and didn’t return until the second half of the 2013 season.  in 2014, Richardson had a career-best 17 special-teams tackles while playing in all 18 games, including playoffs.

 

Lattimore signs free agent deal with the Jets

Jamari Lattimore

Jamari Lattimore

The Green Bay Packers lost another unrestricted free agent yesterday when linebacker and special teamer Jamari Lattimore signed a deal with the New York Jets.

Lattimore played four seasons with the Packers and had a career high 39 tackles and an interception in 2014.

Lattimore played 11 games last season.  He finished the season on injured reserve after an ankle injury.

Lattimore’s departure leaves the Packers even thinner at inside linebacker.  The Packers starters at the moment are Sam Barrington and Clay Matthews.  None of their backups, Joe Thomas, Nate Palmer and Carl Bradford have any regular-season game experience.

The Packers have lost three unrestricted free agents now.  Along with Lattimore, Tramon Williams signed with Cleveland and Davon House with Jacksonville.