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Some Packers Got Paid Today Just For Going to Work

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The 2014-15 Green Bay Packers season (un)officially kicked off this morning as players began arriving at Lambeau Field for the start of off season workouts.

One by one, the names we all know drive into the parking lot at Lambeau Field. The quest for the Packers 14th World Championship begins today, and fans are once again reinvigorated during this dead period before the NFL Draft

One other interesting thing happened on this crisp, cool April morning in Green Bay:a good number of players got paid-big time.

According to a report in the Green Bay Press Gazette, more than 20 veterans earned a bonus just for reporting to the offseason program. Nearly $4.3 million of this season’s $133 million cap will be paid out to 21 veteran players as incentive to show up for this program. This comes after the Packers reprtedly paid more in workout bonuses in 2013 ($3,672,500) than any other team in the league.

While these workouts are optional, they are part of Mike McCarthy’s vision of keeping the players close to Green Bay in the weeks leading up to the team’s mandatory mini camp.

That all sounds well and good, but why do the players need to be paid to want to be in Green Bay?

Case in point: Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and Sam Shields.

Each of these players will reportedly receive a $500k bonus for reporting to Green Bay and going to work today. Think about that for a minute: $500k to go to work, to do their job.

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The Week in Review at Packers Talk Radio Network

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This week at Packers Talk Radio Network:

Ross wonders if the resigning of Matt Flynn-along with the signing of free agent Julius Peppers-signal a change in the way Ted Thompson does business.

Matt thinks that the biggest holes from last season may still remain, including…

Who will be the Packers number one TE. With Jermichael Finley’s career still in limbo, this is a position to keep an eye on.

The Packers Tailgate Tour was out and about this past week, and as par for the course, Mark Murphy was asked about the status of Brett Favre. When it was announced that Favre nearly attended a game in 2013, John had a few words to say about it, including a what if scenario involving the Packers, Favre, and Vince Lombardi.

While Matt provided a Packers full seven round mock draft

And Ian talked about late round pick and undrafted free agents

John thinks waiting for the NFL Draft-especially this year with it being in May-is worse than watching paint dry.

Meeting former Packers QB Lynn Dickey was a fantastic trip down memory lane for one of our writers.

Sean Richardson was the focus of this week’s player profile series.

And From the Benches was back this week with special guest Cody Bauer talking about the upcoming draft.

Be sure to head over to ALLGBP.com and check out this week’s edition of Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived. It is a must read every Sunday during the far too long NFL off season.

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Waiting for the NFL Draft is Worse Than Watching Paint Dry

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Has anyone ever waited for paint dry?

It is a long, slow, agonizing process. While it may be dry in one place where the new paint has been applied, it may still need hours or even days to reach a point where it can be considered dry.

No matter how much you wait, twiddling your thumbs in the process, doing anything possible to kill time, the torture just never seems to end.

This is what waiting for the NFL Draft has become this year.

When Roger Goodell announced that the NFL Draft would be moved to May this year, most probably never gave it a second thought. The reason for the move was because Radio City Music Hall-the home of the draft for draft since 2006-would be hosting an Easter program in April. Rather than attempt to find a new venue, the decision was made to shift the draft back three weeks into early May so Radio City could still be used.

No big deal, right? Wrong. Absolutely, positively wrong.

Moving the draft back has left a massive void in terms of coverage for the NFL. A gigantic black hole of nothingness. To be very blunt, it sucks.

There are only so many mock drafts one can look at leading up to the draft. While they are fun to read and somewhat informative, after a while they all start to look basically the same. Add the fact that mock drafts are basically pulling a name out out of a hat and attaching that player to a team, and they tend to lose their value over time. Adding an additional three weeks of mock drafts does not help anyone.

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A What If Scenario About the Packers, Brett Favre, and…Vince Lombardi?

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Let’s get something out of the way right now.

The Packers and Brett Favre are going to reconcile.

It is going to happen. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. This is going to become a reality in the not too distant future.

The most recent comments about this gradual process by Packers President Mark Murphy indicated that this was going to be a reality last year, if not for Favre’s commitments coaching high school football:

 ”We do have ongoing communications with him, and I think relations are good. We’re hopeful to have him come back soon. We wanted to have him come back to a game last year, (but) his team kept winning and winning, so it kind of made it tough to find a time where it worked.”

The reconciliation process between the two sides has been a slow process since the former quarterback retired for good following the 2010 season. Both sides have spoken kindly about the other, with olive branches extended by both parties. At this point in time one could say that their relationship is one of respect. Both the Packers and Favre have seemingly put their differences about how their “marriage” ended in a messy divorce and have begun the next phase of their relationship.

It will never be the same, but there is at least a relationship between the team and their future former Hall of Fame quarterback.

For the fans, it is a different story.

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Meeting Lynn Dickey-A Magical Trip Down Memory Lane

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“Throw it Dad-I’m open!”

Chances are if you are a football fan, you were introduced to it at a very early age.

Parents spend their Sunday’s supporting their favorite team, with children in tow. While the adults know exactly what they are cheering at, children often follow suit, picking up the habits of their elders. These habits often turn into an obsession as the children get older, remembering where it began all those years ago.

Along with cheering hand in hand with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles is the tradition of playing catch with a football. The dawn of Fall brings a crisp relief to the air following a brutally hot Summer.  Picking up the old pigskin and tossing it around the backyard is part of growing up, and something everyone has done.

If you were a Packers fan growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was very little to cheer about. The Packers were bad, and that is putting it mildly. They were so far away from being playoff contenders that being an 8-8 team was considered a major success.

Despite the lack of success in the win/loss column, the Packers were still an exciting team to watch. One of the major reasons for this was their offense, led by their vastly underrated quarterback-Lynn Dickey.

Long before Don “The Majik Man” Majkowski brought hope back to the long suffering Packer fans, there was Lynn Dickey.

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The Week in Review at Packers Talk Radio Network

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This week at Packers Talk Radio Network:

Ross gave the Packers a full scale audit following their plunge into free agency.

Ian gives everyone an appreciation of Jermichael Finley.

John wonders whether there are reasons to be concerned about the Packers passing game.

John also says there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the Packers.

Are the Packers better off leaving Micah Hyde at cornerback? Perhaps.

Matt takes a trip around the NFC North looking at every team’s gains and losses.

This week’s player profile series focuses on the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy.

No Huddle Radio returned with special guest Dan Shonka in a info packed NFL Draft preview podcast.

And From the Benches was back with special guest host Jason Perone talking all things Packers in this week’s episode.

Be sure to head over to AllGBP.com and check out this week’s edition of Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived. It is a must read every Sunday during the far too long NFL off season.

Follow Packers Talk Radio Network on Twitter @packerstalknet and visit the PTRN Facebook page. Check it out, and give it a LIKE today!

 

 

Packers Talk Radio Network

Packers Talk Radio Network

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John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.

He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio.

You can follow John on twitter at jrehor or email him at johnrehor@yahoo.com.

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Question Marks Still Surround the Green Bay Packers

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Following the 2013 season, one thing was certain as far as the Green Bay Packers were concerned.

Changes needed to take place.

After a third consecutive season of post season disappointment, it had become painfully obvious that the Packers had been passed in the NFC by Seattle and San Francisco. They were no longer the favorites, no longer the team everyone was chasing. Instead, they had become one of the teams doing the chasing.

As long as Aaron Rodgers was on the field, the offense was in more than capable hands. This was never more apparent than during the 7 games he missed during the 2013 season. If Rodgers is on the field, the Packers are never truly out of a game. Having Eddie Lacy around to literally carry the load on offense just makes the offense that much more dangerous. Loaded with skill at WR and a RB depth chart that was the envy of most teams, the Packers were one of if not the most talented offensive teams in the league at the end of last season.

The main problem was obvious for anyone who had seen the Packers play even one snap in 2013. The defense was in dire need of a makeover. Problems at safety (and that is putting it mildly) were just the beginning of what was wrong with this much maligned unit. Issues up front getting to the QB meant too much time was spent trying to cover opposing receivers running downfield, while almost simultaneously the middle of the field was far too often left wide open (again). Dom Capers’ scheme was broken, and it needed fixing-fast.

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