July 31, 2014

Packers add WR to roster (Video)

The Green Bay Packers have claimed WR Gerrard Sheppard off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.  The transaction was announced earlier this afternoon by Packers General Manager Ted Thompson.

Sheppard is a first-year player out of Towson, spending the entire 2013 season on the Ravens’ practice squad.  He was originally signed by Baltimore as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2013.

Sheppard began his college career at the University of Connecticut, where he played in eight games over two seasons before transferring.  In his final two seasons, he started nine of 23 games he played in for Towson.  He had 52 catches for 584 yards and five touchdowns.

Training Camp Day 4

The following video is the Packers four quarterbacks during drills today (day 4) of Training Camp.

Ted Thompson signs contract extension with Packers

The Green Bay Packers have signed general manager Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension today.  He’s been the Packers GM since

Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson

2005 and has been to the postseason in each of the last five seasons with a Super Bowl title in 2010.

Thompson didn’t offer any timetable for how long he wants to continue to work.  “I’ll let it play itself out,” Thompson said.  “Some people have artificial dates in mind, X-amount of years.  But I think everybody’s different.  It seems to me a lot of people can be very productive later on in life.  We’ll see.  I enjoy what I do.  I feel pretty energized to keep going.”

Clearly, Thompson thinks the Packers will continue to be a good team in the future, but he said that had nothing to do with his signing an extension.

Now that Thompson’s deal is done, Mike McCarthy will be next.  Thompson’s deal was done with President & CEO Mark Murphy.  Thompson will handle McCarthy’s contract.

AUDIO: Ted Thompson asked today if Mike McCarthy is now a priority :16

Peppers feels right at home

Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

The Green Bay Packers return from a mandated off day yesterday and hit the practice field for the fourth time in training camp this morning.

Newly signed DE/outside linebacker Julius Peppers is trying to put his playing days in Chicago behind him.  Talking with reporters on Monday, Peppers tried to avoid comparisons between the Packers and Bears.

The Packers are asking Peppers to play as a pass rushing outside linebacker as opposed to a hand-on-the-ground defensive end in Chicago.  They’re also not asking Peppers to shoulder the entire load for the defense, something that he’s had to do in Chicago.

Peppers also gets an opportunity to help the Packers win another Super Bowl, something that has eluded Peppers since he was taken with the second overall pick in 2002 by the Carolina Panthers. [Read more...]

Nelson ranks among top paid receivers

Jordy Nelson’s new four-year contract extension worth $39.8 million, moves him from 32nd to 9th among NFL wide receivers in average salary.

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

Nelson will average $9.7 million a season.  That number also moves him onto 4th place on the Green Bay Packers yearly average payroll, behind Aaron Rodgers, Sam Shields and Clay Matthews.

By signing Nelson, the Packers kept him from hitting free agency after the upcoming season.  Fellow receiver Randall Cobb’s contract expires after the current season but the Packers may be waiting to see if he can avoid injury this season before working out a contract.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nelson’s new deal moves him in front of Julius Peppers ($8.67 million), defensive back Tramon Williams ($8.25 million), guard Josh Sitton ($6.75 million) and safety Morgan Burnett ($6.19 million).


Nelson is in the fold, will Cobb be next?

Randall Cobb - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Randall Cobb – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

When it came time to deciding which of the receivers to sign first, the Green Bay Packers gave Jordy Nelson a four-year contract extension worth nearly $40 million.

One would assume that Randall Cobb would be next.

But Cobb said he has a lot to prove.

Following Sunday’s practice, Cobb said, “I don’t believe I’ve done enough, and I think that’s on me.”

Cobb missed 10 weeks last season with a leg injury (broken leg).  In 2012, he caught 80 passes for 954 yards and eight touchdowns.

Cobb returned to catch the game-winning touchdown pass at Chicago in Week 17, but one wonders if the Packers want to see more from Cobb before they back up the truck and give him a big contract.

AUDIO: Cobb is asked if last years injury might be a reason for the team to wait :22

There doesn’t appear to be any serious talks between Cobb’s agent and the Packers.

AUDIO: Cobb asked if there’s any contract talks going on now :21

Cobb has seen how the business side of professional football can go with Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and James Jones.  He said, “I don’t believe any of us are deserving of anything.  So I’m going to continue to be the person I am, do what I’m supposed to do and when that time comes, if it comes, it’ll be a blessing.”