CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor interference during a disturbance at an Iowa bar.
Dorleant was with former Northern Iowa teammate and Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall at Sharkey’s Fun House just off campus. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference. Both players were released from jail that same night.
Dorleant described the incident in a phone interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“The bouncer at the front door, he wasn’t letting us in. He forced me out, and then Deiondre’ saw it and there was a little shoving, like other guys too that we were hanging out with. Then the police came and they just had to separate us. They took me and Deiondre’ — not away but they drove us off just because there was a scene. We ended up driving away downtown. Then we got let go. That was really it. Nothing else really happened from what I know.”
Dorleant went undrafted before signing with the Packers in May of 2016. He’s played in four games for Green Bay, recorded one tackle.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson isn’t known for being a big spender, and that modus operandi was confirmed with reports the team turned down a chance to meet with former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Peterson is reportedly asking teams for $8 million for the 2017 season, believed to be one of the biggest reasons he remains a free agent. Peterson is also coming off his second season in the last three years in which he’s dealt with knee issues. The Oklahoma product tore his ACL in 2014 before returning for an All-Pro 2015 campaign and subsequent meniscus tear in 2016.
Recent media reports claim the Packers would consider meeting with Peterson, but not until after they’ve had the chance to address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Green Bay lacks star power in the backfield, with converted receiver Ty Montgomery appearing to be the lead running back heading into 2017. The Packers added depth this week by re-signing Christine Michael after initially acquiring him on waivers last November from the Seahawks.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are set to host veteran free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois on Wednesday, following visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.
Green Bay has already added three new players through free agency, but the impending four-game suspension of Letroy Guion has the Packers looking for depth heading into next season. Jean Francois is heading into his ninth NFL season, having played the last two years with the Washington Redskins. Jean Francois has experience playing in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes.
Jean Francois was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, recording 153 career tackles and 12 career sacks.
Regardless of whether or not Green Bay signs Jean Francois, the Packers have been planning to insert second-year defensive lineman Kenny Clark into that role. They’re hoping Clark can step in for Guion as a pass-rusher, but also act as a run-stuffer after the 2015 departure of B.J. Raji.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — According to a report from the National Football Post, the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns are looking into former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Hill.
Hill last played in the NFL in August of 2013 as an undrafted rookie out of California, but since his release, he’s not cracked an NFL roster and had even retired from professional football. But recently uploaded workout videos may give teams reason to give the 27-year-old a look.
During his four years at Cal, Hill logged 214 total tackles with four interceptions, though his size (5′ 9-3/4″) and NFL Scouting Combine numbers (4.69 40-yard dash) still leave more to be desired.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers will re-address their need for outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott in 2018 after re-signing him on a one-year, $1.6 million contract.
Elliott has spent his first three NFL seasons in Green Bay, mostly contributing as a member of the special teams unit. His role on the defense could increase after Julius Peppers left for Carolina, leaving just Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Kyler Fackrell as outside linebackers. Datone Jones is currently testing the free agent market.
After the Packers declined to tender the restricted free agent, Elliott met with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers. The former undrafted free agent out of Toledo signed with Green Bay in 2014 on a three-year, $1.535 million contract.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — For the first time in his NFL career, right guard T.J. Lang will wear colors other than green and gold after his agent announced he’d signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions.
Lang was a mainstay in keeping Aaron Rodgers upright, spending the first eight years of his career in Green Bay. Terms of his new deal weren’t released, but Lang was told prior to the 2016 season that he was not among the team’s priorities in terms of contract extensions. That same reasoning led to the outright release of Josh Sitton last fall.
29-year-old Lang has never played fewer than 12 games in a given season, but will come into training camp this year fresh off foot and hip surgeries. He was injured late in Green Bay’s NFC championship game loss to Atlanta.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson continues to surprise, signing former Los Angeles Rams tight end Lance Kendricks Saturday afternoon.
The signing was reported by Rob Demovsky and Adam Schefter, per unnamed sources. It was also noted that Kendricks has been working out with Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and David Bakhtiari this offseason in southern California.
Kendricks was drafted 47th overall by the Rams in 2011 out of Wisconsin, logging 50 catches for 499 yards and two touchdowns in 2016.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former New England Patriots and Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is now a Green Bay Packer on a three-year deal worth more than Jared Cook would have received, a source tells ProFootballTalk.com.
It was originally believed Bennett would be coming to Green Bay on a three-year, $18.45 million contract, but after the official figures were released, it actually checks in at $21 million. Cook, now presumably out of a job in Green Bay, says he never turned down an offer from the Packers, so there’s no way to know for sure what kind of offer would have been made. ProFootballTalk.com’s source says the Cook deal would not have been larger than the $21 million Bennett signed for.
Bennett will earn an average salary of $7 million, with a $2 million roster bonus coming his way in March of 2018 when the new league year begins. Spotrac.com lists Bennett’s market value at $6 million per year.
The unnamed source says Green Bay was willing to offer Cook no more than $6 million per year — a deal which included incentives.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have released cornerback Davon House in an effort to save roughly $12 million over the next two seasons.
House was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, where he played four seasons for the green and gold. He exceeded the $2.34 million value of his rookie contract, but when it came time to renew, the Packers cut him loose, eventually signing a four-year, $24.5 million deal with the Jaguars.
After setting a franchise record of 23 pass breakups in his first season in Jacksonville, House lost his starting role the following season. He’s played in 73 games with 33 starts, racking up 150 tackles, 60 passes defensed, and six interceptions.
Jaguars beat writer Ryan O’Halloran predicted on Monday that Jacksonville would release House and he would return to Green Bay where he began his NFL career.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — NFL free agency begins on Thursday, but the Green Bay Packers won’t be able to keep all of their pending free agents.
That’s why it’s noteworthy Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson reported several NFL sources estimate right guard T.J. Lang‘s value to be at about $8 to $10 million per year. Spotrac listed Lang’s yearly value at $8.4 million. If that ends up being the range NFL teams would be willing to pay Lang, that leverage could be used against the Packers. Green Bay already pays right tackle Bryan Bulaga an average of $6.75 million per year, which ranks second in the league at his position.
Lang’s estimated value could create another problem for the Packers. Robinson noted Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler is expected to earn a new contract with an annual value of $10 to $12 million. Zietler was seen as a possible target for Green Bay in free agency should they have to part ways with Lang.
It was noted during Wednesday’s media session at the NFL Scouting Combine that coach Mike McCarthy expected linebacker Julius Peppers to return for another season. That now appears to be coming to fruition, after Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey, told ESPN that “he still has the desire and enthusiasm for the game, and his intention is to play a 16th NFL season.”
Peppers ranks fifth on the all-time career sacks list, logging 143.5 sacks in 15 regular seasons. Carey met with the Packers during the Combine on Peppers’ behalf. Peppers is a pending free agent after completing a three-year, $26 million contract with Green Bay.
The Packers are also in discussion with tight end Jared Cook about returning to Titletown, but as Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reports, not much has been decided about Cook’s future. Cook signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with Green Bay last offseason, and has a projected Spotrac market value of $3.4 million.