PHILADELPHIA | Ted Thompson loves his draft picks and he picked up another in a late night trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Packers traded their first round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft (#29 overall) to the Browns for the 1st pick in the 2nd round (#33) and a Browns 4th round pick (#108). So the Packers move down four spots to pick up a 4th rounder. The Packers now have 9 picks in the Draft, two in the 4th and two in the 5th.
GREEN BAY | It’s not often NFL veterans mention specific players they want their teams to draft. But Clay Matthews doesn’t mind letting everyone know that he wants to see former Wisconsin Badger T.J. Watt in a Packers uniform this season.
“I know mock draft boards have him potentially coming here which would be great!” said Matthews on Tuesday afternoon inside Lambeau Field.
The Packers started their offseason workout program in Green Bay on Tuesday. Matthews, who is beginning his 9th NFL season all with the Packers, said “it would be great if (T.J.) is even half the player his brother was.” Matthews referring to NFL star and former Badger J.J. Watt.
Matthews knows a little something about following in the footsteps of former NFL greats. His father, Clay Matthews Jr., was a four-time Pro Bowler with the Cleveland Browns. Matthews admits it will be tough for T.J. to follow in his brother’s footsteps. “I’m sure there’s pressure on him but if he’s anything like his brother he’ll have a drive and work ethic that can’t be matched.”
The NFL Draft begins on Thursday April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia. Matthews was drafted in round one of the 2009 Draft by the Packers with the 26th overall pick. He says his mom didn’t know he was a Packer until an hour or so after he was selected. “My mom actually thought it was the Patriots who drafted me so for about an hour and a half she thought I was going to New England,” said Matthews. “She was disappointed to find out I was going to Green Bay. But I think she’s come around.”
New England originally had the 26th overall pick in 2009. The Packers made a trade with the Patriots to acquire Matthews.
Allison played admirably in the final two games of the 2016 season, hauling in eight passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Ringo was waived by the team in September 2015 to be stashed on the practice squad. He appeared in eight games in 2016, logging two tackles and a forced fumble.
Both players will make an estimated $540,000 salary for the 2017 season, according to Spotrac.
In this week’s edition of Jake’s Take, sports director Jake Zimmermann argues the Packers have yet to grant quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ request. After the NFC Championship loss in Atlanta, Rodgers stated the Packers need to go “all-in this offseason.”
Click the audio link below to hear why Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy believes the Packers ARE going all in, and why Jake feels they aren’t.
2017 Preseason Opponents
Aug. 10-13 vs Philadelphia Eagles
Aug. 17-21 at Washington Redskins
Aug. 24-27 at Denver Broncos
Aug. 31. vs Los Angeles Rams
Specific game dates and times have yet to be finalized, but none of the four games involving the Packers are expected to be nationally televised broadcasts. That’s rare for a Green Bay team that’s had at least one preseason game broadcast nationwide in 22 of the past 24 seasons.
Ferguson is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, being selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU. He stands to make about $980,000 in the 2017 season.
The Bears moved on from Ferguson after injuries and suspensions limited him to 13 tackles, two sacks, and one start in his three years with the team. He was waived this season with an injury designation before officially being released last week.
MADISON | With the Packers currently thin at the running back position, would their all-time leading rusher be willing to come back and play if he got the call? “Hell yeah I would go,” Ahman Green told the Joe & Ebo Show. “What would be the hesitation? It’s something that I love to do,” he continued.
Outside of football, Ahman is very active with charities, his foundation, a leading spokesman for the Alzheimers Association of Wisconsin, and an avid fan of video games, comic books, superheroes and even has a role in a few movies.
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The Packers may be the smallest market in the NFL, but that hasn’t stopped them from applying to host the NFL Draft for the 2019, 2020, or 2021 seasons. Over 220,000 fans attended the NFL Draft when it came to Chicago in 2015 and one of the biggest concerns for the league in sending the event to Green Bay is housing. How could the Packers host an event that draws that many people?
“It would probably be in the Resch Center. I think that would make the most sense,” Murphy told reporters on Wednesday. “We’ve put [a little] thought into it…I think with the [Titletown District] being up-and-running then, it could be a nice way to showcase some of the things we’ve done to Lambeau Field.”
Another point of discussion for Murphy was the approval from league owners to relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The Raiders are building a new $1.9 billion stadium in the desert scheduled for completion in 2020. When asked about the recent upgrades to his own team’s facilities, Murphy said the conditions at NFL stadiums sometimes play a role in a team’s demise.
“I don’t want to think what would happen if the Packers ever moved out of Green Bay,” Murphy said with a chuckle. “For us, one of the main reasons we invest in [Lambeau Field] is make sure the team stays here.”
The smallest city to host an NFL team, Green Bay is known as one with a relatively low crime rate, which translates to the players on the team. The offseason can be a troubling time for NFL players, and the Packers are no exception. In 2015, former tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested in Florida for firing a gun in public during a confrontation in traffic. In recent days, cornerback Makinton Dorleant was involved in domestic disturbance in an Iowa bar.
“We monitor that. On a league-wide level, arrests are down significantly. I don’t know what specific situation — each one’s a little different. You’re always disappointed, but I worked on a college campus for a long time. These are young men and they make [questionable] decisions. These things happen and hopefully they learn from it.”
PHOENIX — Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson touched on a variety of topics during Monday’s NFL Owners Meetings, including a need for more bodies in the backfield.
“We need some more guys,” Thompson said in reference to adding running backs. “We’re a little short in a couple of areas. So from a personnel standpoint, we’ve got to get some more bodies, but we like the guys that we have. It’s just that we’d like to get some more.”
The departure of Eddie Lacy and the release of James Starks leaves just three running backs on roster, none of which have carried the workload a full season would entail. Ty Montgomery, who switched from wide receiver to running back last season, carried the ball 77 times for 457 yards and three touchdowns.
Reports from over the weekend indicated Thompson and the Packers were considering a meeting with former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson but that his asking price was too steep. Those reports also stated that Green Bay may address Peterson after the NFL Draft next month if their needs aren’t met. But when Thompson was asked about Peterson on Monday, he became tight-lipped.
“Let’s all together answer that question,” Thompson told a group of reporters. “We don’t talk about players that are not on our team. We never have, we never will. It doesn’t serve a purpose, I don’t think.”
Thompson and the Packers have roughly $24 million in cap space remaining for this offseason, and while he admitted it’s possible another player is added, that money might be saved for a future contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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.