The Packers won’t have new throwback uniforms in 2020

The Green Bay Packers were supposed to have a new throwback uniform in 2020. President and CEO Mark Murphy said as much during a Q&A on Packers.com last fall. But, according to Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, there won’t be.

Lukas tweeted out a picture of an email between the Packers Pro Shop and a prospective customer that said, “unfortunately the organization will not have a classic or throwback jersey for the upcoming 2020 season but plan to have one available for the 2021 season.”

The decision behind going without a throwback could be as simple as Lukas suggests. In 2013, due to a concern with player safety, the NFL mandated that players wear the same helmet all year. In the past, the Packers would wear brown helmets with their throwbacks to mimic the leather helmets worn during the time period. Now, they are forced to just take the decals off their normal gold helmets. That rule could be changing in time for 2021.

The other part is the NFL does not allow you to have new alternates/throwbacks every season. So had the Packers come out with new throwbacks this year with their gold helmets, they would have been locked into those for at least five years. By holding off, they can do their new throwbacks in a proper way.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers named to NFL’s All-Decade Team

Aaron Rodgers’ performance with the Green Bay Packers during the 2010s has earned him a coveted honor.

It was announced Monday that Rodgers, along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady, had been named to the NFL All-Decade Team at quarterback by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Rodgers guided the Packers to the second-best record during the decade, while winning one Super Bowl and appearing in a total of four NFC Championship Games. He also won a pair of Most Valuable Player awards and was selected to seven Pro Bowls.

The former No. 1 pick in 2005 joins Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell as Packers quarterbacks to be named to an All-Decade Team.

Two other former Packers — Jahri Evans (2018) and Julius Peppers (2014-16) — also made the cut, as did a pair of former Badgers in tackle Joe Thomas and defensive end J.J. Watt. Thomas and Watt were two of eight players to be selected unanimously.

Here is the full team:

OFFENSE
WR – Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones

TE – Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce

T – Jason Peters, Tyron Smith, Joe Saley, Joe Thomas

G – Jahri Evans, Logan Mankins, Zack Martin, Marshal Yanda

C – Alex Mack, Maurkice Pouncey

QB – Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers

RB – Frank Gore, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson

Flex – Darren Sproles



DEFENSE
DE – 
DE — Calais Campbell, Cameron Jordan, Julius Peppers, J.J. Watt

DT – Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh

LB – Chandler Jones, Luke Kuechly, Khalil Mack, Von Miller, Bobby Wagner, Patrick Willis

CB – Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman

S – Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle

DB – Chris Harris, Tyrann Mathieu

SPECIAL TEAMS

P – Johnny Hekker, Shane Lechler

K – Stephen Gostkowski, Justin Tucker

PR – Tyreek Hill, Darren Sproles

KR – Devin Hester, Cordarrelle Patterson


COACHES — 
Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll

Former Packers LB Blake Martinez details his issues with how he was used in GB

Blake Martinez is no longer a member of the Green Bay Packers, but the linebacker still had plenty to say about the team when he met with the New York media on a conference call Monday afternoon.

Martinez, who signed with the Giants earlier in March, said he spoke with Green Bay about returning to the team that drafted him in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft but that the two sides were not close. The 26-year-old ended up signing a three-year, $30.8 million deal with New York, including $19 million guaranteed.

The Stanford product went on to say that the role he played in the middle of the Packers defense was not ideal and that his lack of big plays, and appearing to give up a big share of his own as well, were not his fault and more a result of the scheme he was asked to play.

Martinez started all 48 games the last three seasons for Green Bay and led the team in tackles each year, including a career-high 155 in 2019. However, he also had just 10 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his four seasons with the club.

The Packers signed former Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey in free agency as a potential replacement for Martinez.

Packers: WR Geronimo Allison signs with Detroit

Following the lead of tight end Jimmy Graham, now former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison is staying in the NFC North.

The Detroit Lions announced Sunday morning that they had signed the unrestricted free agent.

A former undrafted free agent, Allison set career highs in starts, games played and receptions last season for the Packers, but it was still considered a disappointing year. Green Bay moved him into the slot receiver spot in an effort to replace Randall Cobb and it was not a success. He averaged just 8.4 yards per reception and was credited with five drops, according to profootballreference.com.

Several of Green Bay’s free agents have now found new homes, including Graham in Chicago.

Gained:
LB Christian Kirksey
T Rick Wagner
WR Devin Funchess

Kept:
K Mason Crosby
TE Marcedes Lewis
S Will Redmond
RB/KR Tyler Ervin

Lost:
LB Blake Martinez (Giants)
LB Kyler Fackrell (Giants)
T Bryan Bulaga (Chargers)
LB BJ Goodson (Browns)
WR Geronimo Allison (Lions)
FB Danny Vitale (Patriots)

Released:
TE Jimmy Graham (Bears)

Packers will reportedly re-sign RB/returner Tyler Ervin

The man that helped give life to the Green Bay Packers punt return game last season is coming back for 2020.

Running back Tyler Ervin has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal.

When the Packers claimed Ervin off of waivers on Dec. 3, they owned the worst punt return unit in the league. They actually had negative yardage to that point in the season. In Ervin’s first game, he brought them back into the positive on the year and finished the season with 106 yards on 11 returns. His 9.6 yards per return average was fifth-best among players with at least that number of returns. Ervin added 160 yards on six kick returns as well, including a long of 45.

While his biggest impact was on special teams, coach Matt LaFleur drew up some things for him on offense to take advantage of his speed and skill in the open field. That included a pair of run in the playoff win over Seattle and it figures to expand in his second season with the club.

Green Bay has now re-signed four of its own free agents — Ervin, tight end Marcedes Lewis, safety Will Redmond and kicker Mason Crosby — while also adding linebacker Christian Kirksey, tackle Rick Wagner and wide receiver Devin Funchess.

Packers announce signing of WR Devin Funchess

The Green Bay Packers have dipped into free agency at the wide receiver position but the name they plucked out isn’t one that has been talked about much.

The club announced Thursday afternoon that it had signed Devin Funchess to a contract. The deal is reportedly one-year at $2.5 million.

The Michigan product missed all but one game last season for the Indianapolis Colts after breaking his collarbone in Week 1. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Funchess had 161 catches in four seasons with the Carolina Panthers after being taken in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He also had 21 touchdowns, including a career-high eight in 2017. That was the soon-to-be 26-year-old’s best overall season, as he posted 63 catches for 840 yards (13.3 yards per reception.)

Funchess’ 164 career catches are the second-most among the wide receivers currently on Green Bay’s roster. He’ll wear No. 11.

Packers setup COVID-19 relief fund

The Green Bay Packers are stepping up financially in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to a press release issued Monday night, the club is establishing COVID-19 Community Relief Funds in the amount of $1.5 million through its Packers Give Back initiative. Brown County will receive $1 million through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, while $500,000 will benefit initiatives in the Milwaukee area.

“We are facing an unprecedented challenge in our communities,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in the release. “We know our nonprofit support agencies will be performing their usual excellent work, but they’ll need additional resources as various needs and gaps in coverage develop in the coming weeks and months. The Packers are committed to supporting them now and into the future as we all work together to weather this difficult time.
 
“We appreciate the work of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation for providing its guidance and resources to ensure the Packers’ and other funds are getting to the people and organizations in need.”

The team said it will work with the various organizations to review and determine where the funds will be used.

Murphy and wife, Laurie, have also donated $240,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts in Green Bay and Door County.

WATCH: Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre, others stress importance of taking coronavirus seriously

The Green Bay Packers are making efforts to help in the fight to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last week, it was a video of coach Matt LaFleur talking about the important steps to slow the global pandemic. Now, the team has turned to wide receiver Davante Adams, offensive lineman David Bakhtiari and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre to get the message out.

As of Sunday night, more than 335,000 people had been infected by the virus and nearly 14,700 had died. In Wisconsin, the number of infections sat at 381 and four deaths.

Packers cancel annual ‘Tailgate Tour’

The Green Bay Packers annual Tailgate Tour is the latest to fall victim to the coronavirus.

Officials announced Thursday that in effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the event set for May 15-17 had been canceled. The schedule included stops in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee.

“We are very disappointed to have to cancel this year’s Tailgate Tour,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a press release. “While we realize this is the most responsible path forward, we are saddened to miss the opportunity to greet fans throughout the state of Wisconsin. We are grateful for our fans’ understanding and patience as we navigate this difficult time and make tough choices to prioritize health and safety. As our communities weather the coronavirus outbreak, our thoughts are with our fans around the world who are grappling with illness, uncertainty and disruptions to their daily lives and routine.”

The team still plans to support the nonprofit organizations that were going to benefit from the stops, including Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Wisconsin and Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. All of those organizations will receive a $25,000 donation.

For anyone that’s purchased tickets to the tailgate parties, you can find refund information at the following links:

La Crosse: habitatlacrosse.org/green-bay-packers-15th-anniversary-tour.html
Madison: SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org/Packers
Milwaukee: www.starsandstripeshonorflight.org

 

A Packers and Clay Matthews reunion?

Could Clay Matthews return to the Green Bay Packers?

It’s possible after the linebacker was cut by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday following one season with the club. He had a solid year on the West Coast, finishing with eight sacks, the most he’s had in a season since posting 11 in 2014.

Matthews left the Packers last offseason after spending his first 10 years in the NFL with the club and did so as the team’s all-time leader in sacks. And while Green Bay has no need for help at outside linebacker — not with Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Rashan Gary locking those spots down — they could use someone at inside linebacker. The team signed former Cleveland linebacker Christian Kirksey, but also saw last year’s starters — Blake Martinez and BJ Goodson — leave in free agency. Right now, the other options include Oren Burks, Ty Summers and Curtis Bolton.

Playing the position would not be new for Matthews. He did so, reluctantly, when injuries forced the Packers hand in 2015. The 33-year-old ended up with a career-high 66 tackles that season and seemed like a natural fit. Had he been willing to do that last year, it’s possible the team would not have moved on from him. So, could Matthews reprise that role? It’s at least an option for GM Brian Gutekunst and it’s one that a few former teammates would apparently be just fine with.