GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers allowed Pro Bowl right guard T.J. Lang to leave in free agency, but replaced him with six-time Pro Bowler Jahri Evans on a one-year contract.
Details of the contract revealed by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show he’ll make up to $2.25 million, with a base salary of $1.15 million. Many pundits believe Lang would have commanded around $8 million per year to stay in Green Bay. He ultimately signed with Detroit on a three-year, $28.5 million deal.
The Evans deal nets him a $200,000 signing bonus, $800,000 per game roster bonus, $100,000 workout bonus, and $225,000 in other incentives.
Evans spent the first 11 seasons in New Orleans where he was named a First Team All-Pro guard four times. The Evans signing allowed Packers general manager Ted Thompson the flexibility in the NFL Draft to make trades and address defense.
PHILADELPHIA — Former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk waited longer than he thought, but was drafted 32nd overall by the New Orleans Saints to wrap up round one of the 2017 NFL Draft. Fellow Badger T.J. Watt went two picks earlier to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
An all-state selection as a high schooler in Stevens Point, Wis., Ramczyk passed up a scholarship offer from Paul Chryst when he was coaching at Pitt so that he could attend a local technical college. He was offered a chance to play for Division III Wisconsin | Stevens Point where he was a two-time all-conference selection.
Ramczyk made the jump to the Division I level at Wisconsin, sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, before making his impact felt in his 2016 campaign. He earned Associated Press All-American honors while starting every game for the Badgers.
NEW ORLEANS — Fullback John Kuhn’s nine-year career with the Green Bay Packers comes to an end after agreeing to sign a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.
Kuhn was brought in for a workout on Friday and will make the veteran’s minimum, per media reports. Kuhn made it clear he wished to continue playing football at age 33 and had been working out multiple times per week even though his contract with the Packers had expired.
“At this point in my career, I want to play because I still enjoy it, I still love it, I’m still in shape, I’m still ready to go,” Kuhn said last month in an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I [just] want to be on a team that I think can go somewhere and do some damage.”
Kuhn reported to Saints camp Saturday morning wearing No. 29.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Kuhn had his best year as a runner in 2010, going for 281 yards and finding the end zone four times. He named second-team All-Pro in 2011 and first-team All-Pro in 2014.