Another former Packers OL is retiring

Another former member of the Green Bay Packers is retiring.

Josh Sitton announced Thursday he was hanging his cleats up after 11 years in the NFL. A fourth-round pick in 2008, Sitton spent his first eight years with the Packers. He played in 121 games and started 112, earning second-team All-Pro honors from 2013 to 2015. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl four times.

Sitton joins several former Packers’ teammates in calling it a career this offseason. That includes offensive lineman T.J. Lang, wide receiver Jordy Nelson and fullback John Kuhn, who, like Sitton, were a part of Green Bay’s Super Bowl XLV championship team.

After being cut by Green Bay just before the 2016 season, the 32-year-old Sitton spent two seasons with Chicago and then his final year with Miami.

McCarthy opens up on firing: ‘It couldn’t have been handled any worse’

Former Green Bay Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy recently shared his thoughts on his firing from last season. He sat down with ESPN’s Rob Demovsky for a sit-down interview to talk about the situation.

McCarthy seemed stunned at how the decision was handled.

“If we missed the playoffs, I expected change might happen,” McCarthy told Demovsky, “But the timing surprised me. Actually, it stunned me. It couldn’t have been handled any worse.”

McCarthy compiled a 125-77-2 record in Green Bay since becoming the coach in 2006. He led them to nine playoff appearances, six division titles and a Super Bowl championship. However, the Packers were on their way to a second straight season of missing the playoffs and figured a change was needed.

The NFL is a business and if the results aren’t up to standards there will be moves made. McCarthy always understood that but appeared to be upset with the way it all went down.

It couldn’t have been handled any worse. Anytime you lose a close game, it’s a difficult time emotionally afterwards, but when you lose a home game at Lambeau Field in December, it’s really hard. And that hasn’t happened very often. I walked out of my press conference, and I’m thinking about the game, thinking about how our playoff shot was now minimal. That’s where my head was at. And when I was told Mark Murphy wanted to see me — and the messenger was cold and the energy was bad. Mark said it was an ugly loss, and it was time to make change. He said something about the offense and the special teams, and he didn’t think it was going to get any better. There was no emotion to it. That was hard.

Find the full interview with Demovsky here.

Packers’ offseason workout program begins April 8

The Green Bay Packers offseason program will begin April 8 and run through June 13. The nine-week program will include four phases.

The first phase includes strength training and conditioning work, with limits of four hours per day and 90 minutes of work on the field. This will start April 8 and last two weeks.

Teams with new head coaches like the Packers’ Matt LaFLeur will get the opportunity to hold a voluntary minicamp from April 23-25.

The second phase will run for the first three weeks of May and may include individual player instruction and drills, along with group practices, but no offense vs. defense drills are allowed.

Organized team activities, or OTAs, will be featured in the third phase. Helmets are permitted and teams can do team drills and situations, including 11-on-11, but live contact is still not allowed.

Finally, the final phase is a mandatory minicamp. This involves player physicals, three days of practice and up to 3.5 hours per day on the field.

Former Packers OL T.J. Lang retires

Another former member of the Green Bay Packers is retiring.

Weeks after fullback John Kuhn officially hung up his cleats, and a few days after wide receiver Jordy Nelson did the same, offensive lineman T.J. Lang followed them.

“For the past 3,624 days I have woken up with one goal in mind — how can I be a better pro football player than I was yesterday,” Lang tweeted Friday afternoon. “Well, those days are now over. The only thing I ask of myself today is how I can be a better husband, father, son, brother and friend. I will forever cherish the great times that I had playing this game.”

A fourth-round pick by the Packers in 2009, Lang went on to play in 119 games, including 94 starts, over eight seasons in Green Bay. He spent the final two years of his career with Detroit, though a head injury limited him to just six games in 2018.

“Thank you Green Bay Packers for taking a chance on a 21-year-old kid and giving me the opportunity and patience to grow into a man and reach my full potential as a football player,” Lang tweeted. “Thank you Detroit Lions for granting me a chance to finish my career in the place that I call home.”

Lang made the Pro Bowl twice, once with Green Bay and once with Detroit.

“It would have been impossible to play this game for 10 years without great teammates, coaches, trainers, strength staff, doctors, agents, fans, family and friends. I thank each and everyone of you for the unwavering support over the years.

“Whatever the next chapter holds, I hope to stay around the game in some capacity. It’s been an amazing ride. Thank you all for being a part of it.”

Report: Jordy Nelson to retire

The former Green Bay Packer WR Jordy Nelson is calling it a career, according to James Jones of NFL Network. He played for the Oakland Raiders last season after spending the previous nine years in Green Bay.

Nelson was one of the most beloved players in Packers history. He was the go-to guy for Aaron Rodgers and helped the Packers win a Super Bowl and compete regularly in the playoffs.

He was a second-round pick from Kansas State and will finish his NFL career with 613 receptions for 8,587 yards receiving and 72 TDs. His 7,848 yards with the Packers is the fifth-best in team history and he also has the second-most receiving touchdowns in Packers history.

Green Bay reached the playoffs seven times with Nelson. They have not made the playoffs since he left.

Packers ‘exploring’ a 2019 preseason game in Canada

The Green Bay Packers won’t be playing in London this season, but they still may play outside the United States.

Packers’ President and CEO Mark Murphy said that the Packers and Raiders have discussed playing an exhibition game in Canada.

“We’re in discussions. This would be the Raiders’ home game. Still kind of up in the air,” Murphy said.

Fans of the Packers will be happy to know that this game wouldn’t be considered a home game for Green Bay.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Packers did something like this. They played the Buffalo Bills in Toronto in 1997 and the Kansas City Chiefs in Japan the following year.

Packers-Bears to open NFL’s 100th season

The most-played rivalry in the NFL will take center stage this fall as the league celebrates its 100th season.

Officials announced Monday afternoon that the Green Bay Packers would travel to face the Chicago Bears in the season opener on Sept. 5.

In the slot typically reserved for the reigning Super Bowl champion, the league decided to go with matchup No. 199 between the two franchises for its Thursday night opener.

It will come a year after Green Bay opened its 100th year by hosting the Bears in a Sunday night game at Lambeau Field, and it will make it 14 straight years of the rivals meeting in prime-time. That’s the longest active streak in the NFL.

The Packers currently own a 97-95-6 record over Chicago, including an 8-1 record at Soldier Field, though the Bears won last year’s game 24-17.

The game will be televised on NBC with kickoff at 7:20 p.m.

Clay Matthews signs with the Rams

Clay Matthews’ tenure with the Green Bay Packers is over. According to Ian Rapoport, the former green and gold pass-rusher is signing with the Los Angeles Rams.

According to Mike Garafolo, it’s a two-year deal for Matthews worth a max of $16.75 million. Apparently, he had better offers on the table, but he just welcomed his third child and really wanted to play close to home. Matthews played his college football at USC.

This is a perfect situation for Matthews as he will get a chance to compete for a ring. Also, he will be on a defense loaded with pass-rushers which should allow him for more free runs at the quarterback.

Matthews will finish his 10-year career in Green Bay as the Packers all-time sack leader.

This is what Matthews will look like in a Rams uniform.

Former Packers WR Randall Cobb headed to Dallas

Randall Cobb is the latest veteran to leave Green Bay.

As first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the wide receiver has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Cowboys. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it’s a 1-year contract worth $5 million.

Cobb finishes his time with the Packers after eight years. The club’s second-round pick in 2011, Cobb had 470 catches for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns during his career. That included his best year in 2014 when he had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 scores.

But Cobb struggled to stay healthy, especially last year, when he played in just nine games. He finished with 38 catches and two touchdowns. And since he averaged 14.1 yards per grab in 2014, he hasn’t been better than 10.5 in the four seasons since.

Green Bay took three wide receivers in the NFL draft last year and the Packers could look for more when they’re on the clock next month.

Packers lose a pair of defensive backs

The Green Bay Packers took a minor hit to their defensive depth losing CB Bashaud Breeland and S Kentrell Brice. Breeland agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and Brice signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Losing Breeland hurts because he was a quality experienced veteran who the young corners looked up to. Jaire Alexander, Kevin King and Josh Jackson have a lot of potential but are young and inexperienced. Alexander established himself in his rookie year as the top corner in Green Bay. King has showed flashes but hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Jackson struggled much of his rookie season, but the Packers will be in good shape if all their young corners make a jump this season.

Tramon Williams is still the veteran leader and can help bring the young guys along.

As for Brice, he was a liability both in coverage and as a tackler. According to Pro Football Focus, Brice allowed a passer rating of 150.1 on 29 throws into his primary coverage and missed 12 of 57 tackle attempts last season.