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The Calm Before the Free Agent Storm

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Once again, the NFL’s franchise tag deadline has come and gone for the Green Bay Packers. As a result, they will need to work hard this week to sign their free agents before Friday’s open negotiating period begins at 4:00pm ET. This negotiating period lasts for three days and allows NFL teams to begin talking to all available free agents.

It’s not a huge surprise that Ted Thompson opted not to use the team’s franchise tag again this season. The last couple of times Thompson has used the tag were on defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (2010) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (2008). A long-term deal was reached shortly after tagging Pickett, and Williams was traded to Cleveland soon after being tagged.

Some media outlets are shocked that Randall Cobb didn’t receive the franchise tag – especially after big name receivers Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas were tagged by Dallas and Denver, respectively. While the Packers could easily have absorbed the $12.8 million it would have cost to hold on to Cobb for 2015, it’s not a surprise that Thompson chose not to at that price, especially since the team’s leading receiver, Jordy Nelson, is currently getting $10 million per year. That could very well be the number that the Packers have in mind for Cobb. But Cobb may have a higher number in mind.


The Green Bay Packers – Some Of You Should Jump Off The Bandwagon

Brandon Bostick says goodbye.

As everyone knows, Brandon Bostick was released by the Packers. That wasn’t a surprise to me. Nor was what he disclosed in this article for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB

He received death threats.  From Packers fans.  Over a GAME.

In my opinion, Bostick should have been cut.  Not because of that one play, but because he’d had (despite his opinion) a less than stellar year, because he did not show enough progression and because the Packers needed his roster spot for someone who could contribute at a higher level.

Still.  Some of you “real fans” threatened his life?


Football, despite the importance the Green Bay Packers have to me, is a game.  It is not life or death.  To threaten the life of a young man who was very much a”Packer Person”, who owned his mistake with grace and courage, who did someone any of us that has ever played sports or cared passionately about would understand – acted on instinct with a bad outcome- if you did such a thing , you’re lower than a snake’s navel.

I wish Brandon Bostick the best in Minnesota, although not against the Packers.  Anyone who wished he would die…I hope they get what they deserve.

Get off the bandwagon.  You aren’t wanted.

You aren’t a real fan.



A Look Back at the Career of Brandon Bostick


Once that onside kick bounced off his face, we knew that Brandon Bostick’s days as a Green Bay Packers were numbered. It’s never a good sign when your most impactful play as an NFL-er is one that (potentially) costs your team a trip to the Super Bowl.

As a result, Bostick was released by the organization yesterday, February 16th. He announced his release on his Twitter account saying, “Thankful to spend the first 3 years of my career in GB. Unfortunately my time there has ended. I appreciate the support from everyone in GB!”

In his three years with the organization, Bostick’s contribution to the team was minimal at best. After being signed as an undrafted free agent in May of 2012, Bostick spent his entire rookie year on the practice squad, despite showing flashes of ball-catching talent in the pre-season.

He made his professional debut on September 15, 2013 against the Washington Redskins, a Week 2 game that the Packers won handily 38-20. His first touchdown came later that season in a game at Lambeau against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that contest, he caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown – all career highs. His only other touchdown came against the Bears this past season in a 55-14 drubbing of the hated rivals. This was the same game that Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdowns in the first half.

On his career, Bostick has totaled 18 targets resulting in nine receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns.


Deciphering Mike McCarthy’s Staffing Moves

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After what seems like years of the status quo, it appears that Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is shaking things up with his coaching staff. Since nothing has truly been confirmed, the moves seem like the stuff of conspiracy theories complete with tin hats and a grassy knoll.

Multiple outlets not based at 1265 Lombardi Avenue have run with the story but it has yet to be confirmed by anyone within the Packers organizations. If the news is true, then McCarthy is handing over the offensive play calling to offensive coordinator Tom Clements. Clements will be elevated to the title of Associate Head Coach and wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett will be promoted to Offensive Coordinator.

But what does this mean? Lots of speculation, lots of conspiracies. Until Packers, Inc. explains it further, all we can do is guess.

Theory #1 (aka the Tinhat Theory) with thanks to ESPN Milwaukee’s Bill Johnson for birthing such a juicy conspiracy: The staffing change is an Aaron Rodgers’ power play and he’s the actual play caller now.

In this scenaritinhatso, it is Rodgers, not McCarthy pulling the strings for a staffing change.  It’s no secret Rodgers thrived under Clement’s tutelage while he was the quarterback coach. After all, the Packers won the Super Bowl during that time and Rodgers was the greatest player in the league.


Four Years Ago Today – Super Bowl XLV

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I can’t believe it’s already been four years since the Packers won Super Bowl XLV. I remember exactly where I was (friend’s house in Homewood, IL) and what I was wearing (my authentic Aaron Kampman #74 jersey – home green). I remember having to celebrate alone since everyone else watching the game with me was either a Chicago Bears fan or a Detroit Lions fan.

In a season marred with injuries, players like Ryan Grant (ankle), Justin Harrell (knee), Morgan Burnett (knee), Nick Barnett (wrist), Jermichael Finley (knee), Mike Neal and Brad Jones (shoulder) all found themselves on injured reserve by the time the regular season wrapped up.. The Packers were forced to virtually play with their Junior Varsity team heading into the post-season.

The Packers finished second in the NFC North to the Bears (ugh), and found themselves as the 6th seed heading into the playoffs. They rolled through the playoffs on the road at Philadelphia (21-16), Atlanta (48-21) and then Chicago (21-14). Who can forget the B.J. Raji pick six, am I right?

And finally, on February 6, 2011, the Packers faced the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, and the rest is history. Aaron Rodgers nabbed Super Bowl MVP honors with the stat line of 24/39, 304 yards and 3 touchdowns. Let’s revisit highlights from that game, shall we?


Jordan Huenink was born and raised in Wisconsin and while currently residing in Chicago, still bleeds Green and Gold. Jordan is a writer with and you can follow him on twitter at @JGHue.



Former Packers Sharper and the Hall of Fame?

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It must be the Packers offseason, because talk quickly transformed from games and rosters to talk of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the NFL Honors last Saturday, we welcomed former general manager as the latest Packers’ representative to head to Canton. Of course there was the undercurrent of grumbling that Jerry Kramer had been overlooked yet another year.

And then things got weird. Make that really weird, complete with navel-gazing, shark-jumping absurdity.

The question was simple: should former Packers safety Darren Sharper be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

After all, he is up for eligibility this coming year, and he was a pretty good safety. Maybe not LeRoy Butler good, but not too shabby in his own right.

Mind you, this is the same Darren Sharper that sits in jail, indicted for multiple cases of rape and drug-related offenses tied to the rape cases. In multiple states at that. If convicted, Sharper is looking at the possibility of life in prison. How’s that for a great role model for kids?

You would think that off-field extracurriculars of this magnitude following a career and eligibility for Canton would or should be a factor when considering a player for enshrinement.

But Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, a member of the selection committee, took that discussion to the heights of absurdity. On a scale of 1 to 10, it went plaid. What started off with a simple question on the Monday Morning Quarterback turned into a greater conversation over football accomplishments vs. character and how that factors in to the Hall of Fame. Valid questions considering people take their children to the Hall all of the time and these men are considered role models.


Moneyball and the 2015 Green Bay Packers


As he packed up his locker for the season, a dejected Packers guard Josh Sitton pointed out the obvious that rings true at the end of each season. Each team is different than the one that came before it. As he said in his end of season comments, “It sucks walking in and seeing everybody packing up their (stuff). We’ve been hanging out with each other for a while. There’s going to be a lot of people who aren’t going to be on the team – a lot of people we can’t pay.”

He’s true to a certain extent. The 2015 Green Bay Packers will have familiar faces, but will not be a carbon copy of the 2014 model that was five minutes from coasting to the Super Bowl in Arizona. Yes, it will come down to money.

But a closer look at the numbers show prove that the Packers will have enough money to pay their top talent. And he’s right, some will not be back.

That said, it won’t strictly be about money. Monetary worth will  be tempered with future impact. And it will be that intangible formula that will determine who stays and who goes.

The Packers were under the cap this year which was $133 Million dollars. That cap is predicted to balloon somewhere in the $141 Million to $144 Million range in the upcoming season. More money to go with the higher salaries that top players command.