Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers agree to $66 million extension

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras

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Multiple sources are now reporting the two sides have come to terms on a five-year, $66 million extension that will keep Matthews in Green Bay through 2018. The deal is likely to include more than the $40 million in guaranteed money Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware received in 2009. Matthews was entering the final year of his contract, so the Packers wanted to get an extension done quickly. Mission accomplished. In his first 58 NFL games, the 26-year-old Matthews has racked up 42.5 sacks while consistently terrorizing opposing offenses. He is the only player in Packers franchise history to earn a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first four seasons in the NFL. While rushing the passer is certainly Matthews top duty, he is not simply a one-dimensional linebacker. The USC product is stout against the run, has only missed 17 tackles in his career (which is an incredibly low number for a guy who plays as much as he does) and he has developed into a leader. Matthews also has an impeccable record off the field. This extension, while pricey, was a no-brainer for Green Bay.

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ESPN reports the team is closing in on locking up outside linebacker Clay Matthews with a new contract that is expected to pay him more than $13 million a season. At the same time, the Packers are still looking to take care of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the long term. Rodgers is expected to get somewhere near $24 million a season. Clay Matthews could haul in more than $13 million per season with his reported new contract. (AP Photo) Unlike Rodgers however, whose current deal expires in 2015, Matthews would become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. While there’s a greater priority on getting a deal done for their franchise passer, Matthews isn’t far behind as one of the league’s most irreplaceable edge pass rushers. At 26, Matthews has played four exceptional seasons as a 2009 first-rounder and has plenty left in the tank with his high-motor, highly-productive play. When he’s not getting to opposing quarterbacks (42 career sacks), Matthews has been a most disruptive force elsewhere on the field. While Rodgers already has enjoyed one extension that was set to pay him $9.25 million browse for 2013, in comparison, Matthews is a short-term bargain, due $3.73 million for this season. The Packers let wide receiver Greg Jennings in free agency because they couldn’t afford to give him the $9 million annually the Minnesota Vikings did and still give both Matthews and Rodgers what they want (and deserve).

Clay Matthews contract extension worth $66 million over five years

Join the conversation The video won’t be available to the networks broadcasting games. You might think that a wildly popular player who recently signed a five-year, $66 million contract extension should just zip it, and accept the, uh, voyeurism as an occupational hazard. Matthews, though, offers a reason for being hypersensitive to privacy issues. “Three people have followed me home,” he said, referring to overzealous fans who sought autographs or other attention. “It’s scary. You have to heed all of that.” It might comfort Matthews a bit to know that the Packers like every home team will control how the cameras are used and how the content is collected, edited and ultimately distributed throughout the stadium. Cameras won’t be installed in the visiting locker rooms. The league installed the policy without input from the NFL Players Association, which may raise questions on the grounds that workplace changes were made and not collectively bargained. When the NFL’s plan became public in April, an NFLPA official called for players to provide feedback, but it is unclear whether that resulted in a significant amount of expressed opposition. Union officials have yet to respond to requests from USA TODAY Sports for comment. Recently, Sports Business Journal polled nearly two dozen teams and reported that many don’t have a plan for the cameras.

Clay Matthews reportedly close to big-money deal with Packers

Matthews was due to make $3.73 million in the final year of his contract, which is added to the $66 million total to make his total haul as $69.73 million. Contract values are based on the new money added, so it is still considered a five-year, $66 million deal. The franchise tag for linebackers this year was $9.619 million. Matthews is now the highest-paid player in Packers history based on his season average, surpassing quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ $10.83 million per year. That will be short-lived given Rodgers is on deck for a contract extension.. He’s expected to sign a deal worth between $20-$25 million per year. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Matthews was due a huge increase, especially with just one year left on his contract. The Packers were not going to let him get any closer to free agency than this off-season for fear he might take his chances on the free market next year. It was apparent as early as the scouting combine in February that the Packers and Matthews were close on the average salary per year, but it took time for them to finish the details. At the same time, Matthews’ agents, Athletes First, has been also negotiating Rodgers’ extension, which is supposed to make him the highest-paid player in the NFL. The Packers had $17.45 million worth of salary cap space going into the day.

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The deal, technically a six-year document worth $69.7 million because it was tacked on to Matthews’ previous contract, counts $6.7 million against the Packers’ 2013 cap. Matthews was already set to count $4.9 million under the old deal, so at the moment the Packers still have about $15.7 million in cap space remaining. Matthews The cap hit reaches its height in 2017, when the deal will count $15.2 million in cap dollars, before dropping a bit in 2018 when the five-year limit on pro-ration ends. Here are the annual cap hits: 2013: $6.71 million 2017: $15.2 million 2018: $11.4 million Some of you are already asking if the Packers will have to renegotiate the contract before it ends because of the increasing cap numbers. It’s a fair question considering the team will, at some point, have a much bigger annual cap consideration for quarterback Aaron Rodgers . The short answer is not necessarily. Additional television money will eventually raise the cap spending limit, and it won’t be untenable for one of the top players on a roster to consume $15 million in cap space. You can’t have eight players with $15 million-plus cap hits, but in 2017 you should be able to have a few. And if Matthews continues on his current path, the Packers will be happy Authentic Clay Matthews Jersey to make him one of them. In context, consider that the cap hits for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen — like Matthews an elite pass-rusher — have ranged from $8 million in 2008 to $17.1 million for 2013. Note: For those of you who keep track of such things, Matthews’ deal technically guarantees $20.5 million of the total value in the form of a signing bonus.

Clay Matthews On Cameras In Locker Rooms: ‘I’m Not A Fan Of That’

13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Get Sports Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: NFL , Clay Matthews , Clay Matthews Packers , Green Bay Packers , Clay Matthews Cameras Locker Room , Clay Matthews Locker Room Cameras , Green Bay Packers , Sports News Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews is “not a fan” of television cameras in NFL locker rooms. Referring to the locker room as “our one sanctuary,” the four-time Pro Bowler told USA Today Sports that installing TV cameras is an invasion of the players’ privacy. “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue,” Matthews told USA Today Sports . “I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars.” In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms.

Packers’ Nelson to Star in New Wis. Tourism Ad

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Tourism Ad MADISON, Wis. July 5, 2013 (AP) 0 Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will star in a new Wisconsin fall tourism ad. The state Department of Tourism says Nelson and his wife, Emily, will appear in the commercial, directed by Wisconsin native Jerry Zucker. The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a premiere party at the Meyer Theater in Green Bay on Aug. 1. The ad will start running in Milwaukee, the Twin Cities and Chicago on Sept. 9. State Tourism officials say Nelson also plans to write a monthly blog during the football season for TravelWisconsin.com and appear at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism next March in Lake Geneva. Zucker directed “Airplane!” with his brother, David Zucker, who has directed two previous Wisconsin tourism ads. on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.

Beer breakfasts and long trips out into the woods with the fellas, for starters. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 3, 2013 9:17 AM Can you imagine if this guy had to play for someplace just as bad, if not worse, that DIDNT have the same storied history or knowledgeable football fans? Man, how do Minnesota players cope? ________________________________ Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 3, 2013 9:22 AM Franklin is also going to have to get accustomed to carrying the ball only four or five times a game and playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. bordner says: Jul 3, 2013 9:39 AM Seriously? The first Packer article in days and only 1 negative comment from a viking fan so far? And that one was half-hearted at best. Even the bears fans have more negative comments on here than you do! Whats wrong with you slackers today?!! Cmon!

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It’s exciting.” … All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews is enthused for the season ahead. Not only did Matthews, like Rodgers, cash in with a big contract extension in the offseason, but the fearsome pass rusher (16 sacks in 2012) has some help in getting after the quarterback. Versatile defensive end Datone Jones was the team’s first-round draft pick this year, and his arrival prompted the coaches to give end Mike Neal a long look as a stand-up linebacker opposite Matthews during the offseason workouts. Weaknesses: While Datone Jones figures to give a lift to a pass rush that has been almost exclusively Matthews’ domain the last couple seasons, the powerful and quick rookie could be of greater help to the defense as a run stopper. Green Bay was exploited on the ground to virtually no end late in the season by Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ran for a playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ season-ending game. The Packers face Kaepernick and the 49ers in Week 1. … Green Bay’s firepower on offense and ability to outscore opponents amid letdowns by the defense was mitigated far too often last season because of erratic kicker Mason Crosby. The veteran made only 21 of 33 field goals (league-worst 63.6 percent) in the regular season. Now, for the first time since he kicked aside incumbent Dave Rayner in a preseason battle his rookie season in 2007, Crosby is competing to keep his job.

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Wilson started a career-high seven games for the Packers last year, but only contributed 2.5 sacks. He has a total of 3.5 sacks for his entire three-year career. Wilson’s run-stopping role is challenged by stalwart Ryan Pickett, who figures to continue to do duty at defensive tackle and at defensive end opposite 2013 first-round draft pick Datone Jones. It’s never good for you when a team makes their No. 1 draft pick at your position. Wilson is in an uphill battle for a roster spot but he has youth and health on his side. If the superior Pickett starts to show his age (33) in training camp, it might leave an opening for Wilson to stick around. As the largest of Green Bay’s true defensive ends, his chances are aided by the inexperience and injury problems of Jerel Worthy and the position shifting of Mike Neal. Both are recent second-round draft picks.

Clay Matthews signs five-year contract extension with Packers

Report: Packers, Clay Matthews nearing long-term extension

He has registered 42.5 sacks since entering the league in 09, ranking No. 5 in the NFL over that span, and has finished in the top five in the league in sacks two of the last three seasons (13.5 in 2010, 13 in 2012). Matthews ranks No. 5 in team history (since 1982) with the 42.5 career sacks and No. 2 in franchise postseason annals with 7.5 career sacks. He has registered three 10-sack seasons (No. 3 in team history) and two or more sacks in nine games (No. 5 in franchise history). Clay Matthews Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday. His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career. Matthews has played in 58 games during his four seasons in the league with 55 starts and has recorded 270 tackles (191 solo), four interceptions (two TD returns), 23 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (one returned for a TD).

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“I know we (the Packers) catch a little heat sometimes that we like to build through the draft and develop our players, and we’ve done a great job of that,” Matthews said when asked about keeping the team together. “Our free agents are the ones who were up on their contracts. “It’s no different than Aaron, myself or whoever’s up next. I’ll leave that to them, but for the most part we’ve had some success here over the last few years in maintaining players and I don’t see it to be any different.” The Packers had $17.45 million worth of salary cap space going into the day. Matthews, who was due $3.73 million this year, counted $4.91 million against the cap before his new deal was signed, so the team was able to use that space by moving money around. Any money that is guaranteed or in the form of a signing bonus is prorated over the six years for salary cap purposes, lessening its impact right away. It won’t be clear how much Matthews counts against the salary cap until full details of the contract become available. NFL Network reported that Matthews would make $28 million in the next calendar year, which includes the start of the 2014 football year when he’s expected to receive a large roster bonus or escalator. ESPN reported that Matthews would make $23 million this season but did not say how much would be prorated over the length of the deal. Matthews, a first-round pick from USC in 2009, will be 32 when the deal expires, so there’s no reason to believe he has topped out.

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He has finished in the top five in the league in sacks in two of the last three seasons, with 13 in 2010 and 13 in 2012. He was fourth in the NFL in sacks last season after missing four games with a hamstring injury. Matthews has three 10-sack seasons, third-best in Packers history, and nine games with two or more sacks. The son of Clay Matthews Jr., who played linebacker for [link] 19 NFL seasons in Cleveland and Atlanta, and nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, Matthews is the only player in Packers history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons. Matthews also has four interceptions in 58 games, including two that were returned for touchdowns. He’s forced seven fumbles and recovered three, one of which was returned for a score. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success. We look forward to the rest of his Packers career.” So does Matthews, who will take on a greater leadership role following the Feb. 15 release of eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Woodson. “With the loss to some of those key defensive players, especially with Charles (Woodson) on the defensive side and with them putting a new contract in place for me, it definitely shows their belief in me in being a leader and kind of a stalwart in this defense,” Matthews said.

Clay Matthews On Cameras In Locker Rooms: ‘I’m Not A Fan Of That’

Referring to the locker room as “our one sanctuary,” the four-time Pro Bowler told USA Today Sports that installing TV cameras is an invasion of the players’ privacy. “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue,” Matthews told USA Today Sports . “I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars.” In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms. Per adage.com, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the footage will only be of the home team and will be from pregame and halftime. The individual teams will have the option to use the video on replay screens and mobile apps. “The reality is that this already exists. Clubs have been doing this.

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Matthews, who turns 27 this offseason, is scheduled to earn $3.77 million in cash compensation ($3.73 million base salary, $40,000 workout bonus) in 2013, the final season of his rookie contract. In addition to working on an extension for Matthews, the Packers are nearing a long-term extension with quarterback Aaron Rodgers , with the two sides reportedly being $2 million per season apart . According to Schefter, the agent for Matthews and Rodgers David Dunn would like new contracts in place by the start of the Packers’ offseason workout program, which begins on April 15. According to a source with knowledge of where each teams stands against the cap, the Packers have just under $17.8 million in cap space in 2013, which should be more than enough to get team-friendly, long-term deals done with both Rodgers and Matthews. Matthews was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and has posted 42.5 sacks with seven forced fumbles, four interceptions and 22 passes defensed in 58 career games. The four-time Pro Bowler also has 7.5 sacks in eight career post-season games and is arguably coming off his most productive season in the NFL. Despite missing four games due to an injury, Matthews posted 13 sacks in 12 games and has clearly established himself as one of the top pass-rushers in the NFL. As one of the league’s elite pass-rushers, Matthews is understandably targeting the $13 million per year contract average that Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware received midway through the 2009 season, his fifth in the NFL. Matthews is entering his fifth season in the NFL in 2013. If beating the Ware contract is the goal, Matthews will also be seeking over $45 million in “new money” over the first three seasons of the deal along with over $40 million in guaranteed money. Pagination

Clay Matthews reportedly close to big-money deal with Packers

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Clay Matthews On Cameras In Locker Rooms: ‘I’m Not A Fan Of That’

ESPN reports the team is closing in on locking up outside linebacker Clay Matthews with a new contract that is expected to pay him more than $13 million a season. At the same time, the Packers are still looking to take care of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the long term. Rodgers is expected to get somewhere near $24 million a season. Clay Matthews could haul in more than $13 million per season with his reported new contract. (AP Photo) Unlike Rodgers however, whose current deal expires in 2015, Matthews would become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. While there’s a greater priority on getting a deal done for their franchise passer, Matthews isn’t far behind as one of the league’s most irreplaceable edge pass rushers. At 26, Matthews has played four exceptional seasons as a 2009 first-rounder and has plenty left in the tank with his high-motor, highly-productive play. When he’s not getting to opposing quarterbacks (42 career sacks), Matthews has been a most disruptive force elsewhere on the field. While Rodgers already has enjoyed one extension that was set to pay him $9.25 million for 2013, in comparison, Matthews is a short-term bargain, due $3.73 million for this season. The Packers let wide receiver Greg Jennings in free agency because they couldn’t afford to give him the $9 million annually the Minnesota Vikings did and still give both Matthews and Rodgers what they want (and deserve).

Clay Matthews signs five-year contract extension with Packers

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The deal goes through the 2018 season. Clay Matthews and his trademark flowing hair will be in Green Bay for the long haul. (AP Photo) Matthews shared a photo of the deal being signed deal on Twitter (@ClayMatthews52). “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews tweeted. “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference. “It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed.” Matthews, who turns just 27 in May, was worthy of being locked up for a lucrative reward.

Clay Matthews signs extension, becomes highest-paid linebacker

Matthews, though, offers a reason for being hypersensitive to privacy issues. “Three people have followed me home,” he said, referring to overzealous fans who sought autographs or other attention. “It’s scary. You have to heed all of that.” It might comfort Matthews a bit to know that the Packers like every home team will control how the cameras are used and how the content is collected, edited and ultimately distributed throughout the stadium. Cameras won’t be installed in the visiting locker rooms. The league installed the policy without input from the NFL Players Association, which may raise questions on the grounds that workplace changes were made and not collectively bargained. When the NFL’s plan became public in April, an NFLPA official called for players to provide feedback, but it is unclear whether that resulted in a significant amount of expressed opposition. Union officials have yet to respond to requests from USA TODAY Sports for comment. Recently, Sports Business Journal polled nearly two dozen teams and reported that many don’t have a plan for the cameras. Conceivably, teams might show only a locker room snippet on the video board moments before the team heads to the field.

Packers lock up Matthews with new contract

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Two weeks after reports began circling the Packers were nearing an agreement with the four-time Pro Bowl player, Matthews tweeted a photo of himself signing his new five-year extension with the team on Wednesday afternoon. “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews wrote. The Packers have been working the past few weeks on extensions for both Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. There was some thought the two deals could get done at simultaneously given both players are represented by David Dunn. However, a league source recently told Press-Gazette Media an agreement with Matthews appeared to be further along than Rodgers, whose camp continues to negotiate a deal that likely will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history. The only player in team history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four NFL seasons, Matthews was entering the final season of the five-year rookie contract he signed with the Packers when they selected him 26th overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Matthews ranks fifth in team history (since 1982) with the 42 1/2 career sacks and No. 2 in franchise postseason annals with 7 1/2 career sacks. He has registered three 10-sack seasons (No.

Thats $31 million guaranteed. Matthews tweeted the following picture of himself signing the contract early Wednesday afternoon. Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay! http://t.co/MLMz95RakX Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) April 17, 2013 Matthews, who was drafted out of Southern California in the first round (No. 26 overall) by the Packers with the second of their two first-round selections in 2009, is the only player in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the league (2009-12). He has registered 42.5 sacks since entering the league in 09, ranking No. 5 in the NFL over that span, and has finished in the top five in the league in sacks two of the last three seasons (13.5 in 2010, 13 in 2012). Matthews ranks No. 5 in team history (since 1982) with the 42.5 career sacks and No.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras

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You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars.” In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms. Per adage.com, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the footage will only be of the home team and will be from pregame and halftime. The individual teams will have the option to use the video on replay screens and mobile apps. “The reality is that this already exists. Clubs have been doing this. We already do this in winning locker rooms, so this is not unique. What’s unique is that everybody will do this in their own way,” Grubman said, per Clark Judge of CBS Sports . “There’s not going to be one way of doing this. There will be 32 ways of doing this, running the gamut from one end of the spectrum where somebody is not going to want to show anything to the other end of the spectrum where someone’s going to want to show everything.” Matthews isn’t the only one wary of TV cameras in the locker room.

Aaron Rodgers Correctly Ranked No. 6 on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players

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Some fans are actually pretty upset with the quarterbacks spot on this years countdown, but I think hes right where he should be. According to the countdown, Rodgers is the NFL s third best quarterback. He came in behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, which really isnt unfair. Manning transformed the Denver Broncos into the AFCs top-seeded team in one short season, while Brady was again just a few plays away from another Super Bowl. You can argue for Rodgers being ahead of both guys because he did throw more touchdown passes, but in the wins department, Manning and Brady both had better years. I think ultimately thats why Rodgers came in at No. 6 this year the Green Bay Packers just werent ever really a legitimate Super Bowl team. It was no fault of Rodgers, because he played well all season, but the end results just werent there. While thats not necessarily what the top 100 countdown is all about, I think thats a possible reason why the players voted the way they did. When a quarterback leads his team to a great year, it just tends to stick out more in the minds of fans (or players in this case).

Aaron Rodgers: ‘I’m Like The Scott Stapp’ (Creed) Of The Packers

This is what happens in annual rankings, lists or even awards. We get bored and make change for change’s sake. But Rodgers is no different than he was a year ago when he was No. 1. He still provides the best combination of athleticism, experience, arm strength, smarts and “Did you see that throw?” moments of any quarterback in the league. He creates the most problems for defensive coordinators. Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt have better cases as the best players of last season. Brady and Manning have the edge when it comes to all-timer status. But for 2013, there’s no way I’d pick against Aaron Rodgers in his prime.

Aaron Rodgers voted number six on top 100 NFL players for 2013; Adrian Peterson voted first

He ended up being selected in the third round, 96th overall, by the Packers in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was considered one of the better running back prospects coming out of college. At 60, 225 pound the thickly proportioned Green has the… Via 60 Max Power O | 6 hours ago Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin is expected to team up with fellow rookie Eddie Lacy and form a powerful 1-2 punch in the ground game for the Packers. Franklin was selected by the Packers in the fourth round, with the 125th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. The need to take the pressure off quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the passing game and get back to a more balance… Via AllGreenBayPackers.com | 4 hours ago Is Packers LB Sam Barrington the latest draft steal for GM Ted Thompson? NFL analyst and NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell had high praise for Packers seventh-round draft pick Sam Barrington on Tuesday. Speaking with with Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports on the Shutdown Corner podcast, Cosell called the 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker from South Florida an athletic kid, whose… Via Sportress of Blogitude | 2 hours ago In a classic example of a stranger in a strange land, Green Bay Packers rookie Johnathan Franklin is experiencing an extreme case of culture shock as he tries to become Read This acclimated to the unfamiliar, more nature-rich environs typical in the fine state of Wisconsin. Born and raised in California, Franklin attended UCLA, so this is […]The post Packers rookie blown away by moose head…

Aaron Rodgers of Packers too low on NFL ‘Top 100 List’

Voted number five this year was Pewaukee’s J.J. Watt, the defensive end for the Texans. The NFL Network unveiled the order of the top ten players in the voting on Thursday night: 1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB 2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, QB 3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, WR 4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, QB 5. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans, DE 6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, QB 7. Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers, DE 8.

Aaron Rodgers voted number six on top 100 NFL players for 2013; Adrian Peterson voted first

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In voting last year, Rodgers was ranked number one. This year, the number one player in the voting was Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson. Voted number five this year was Pewaukee’s J.J. Watt, the defensive end for the Texans. The NFL Network unveiled the order of the top ten players in the voting on Thursday night: 1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, RB 2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos, QB 3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, WR 4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots, QB 5. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans, DE 6.

Giants) over Manning (vs. Kansas City) Week 12Manning (@ New England) over Rodgers (vs. Minnesota) Week 13Rodgers (@ Detroit) over Manning (@ Kansas City) Week 14Rodgers (vs. Atlanta) over Manning (vs. Tennessee) Week 15Manning (vs. San Diego) over Rodgers (@ Dallas) Week 16Rodgers (vs. Pittsburgh) over Manning (@ Houston) Week 17Manning (@ Oakland) over Rodgers (@ Chicago) Final Tally Manning pulls off the upset, 9-8 Breakdown 1. We’re splitting hairs with the matchups from Weeks 2, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 16, reiterating just how close Rodgers (4,295 yards passing and 41 total TDs last year) and Rodgers (4,659 yards passing, 37 TDs) should be during the August drafts. 2. It’s not a blowout in his favor, but Manning seems to have an easier schedule than Rodgers aided by six games against the AFC West, four against the AFC South, four against the NFC East and a pair of doable outings with the Patriots and Ravens (revenge match). 3.

Aaron Rodgers not happy about being confused for Aaron Hernandez

He seems to like the movie Juwanna Man. He loves spoiling Game of Thrones. He even retweets Jose Canseco once in awhile. However, one thing that’s not amusing to Rodgers is when he’s confused for Aaron Hernandez . During a live segment on Wednesday, ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap referred to Aaron Hernandez as Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers’ reaction: Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 27, 2013 The tweet was notable because it was Rodgers’ first tweet in five days. It doesn’t seem like Rodgers saw Schaap’s mistake happen live, though. The slipup happened around 4:15 p.m. ET and Rodgers didn’t tweet about it until over five hours later. As soon as Rodgers did tweet about it, though, Schaap was quick to respond: @AaronRodgers12 funny, no. But I did correct myself, right then, which of course the clip does not include.