Clay Matthews On Cameras In Locker Rooms: ‘I’m Not A Fan Of That’

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13, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) Get Sports Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: NFL , Clay Matthews , Clay Matthews Packers , Green Bay Packers , Clay Matthews Cameras Locker Room , Clay Matthews Locker Room Cameras , Green Bay Packers , Sports News Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews is “not a fan” of television cameras in NFL locker rooms. Referring to the locker room as “our one sanctuary,” the four-time Pro Bowler told USA Today Sports that installing TV cameras is an invasion of the players’ privacy. “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue,” Matthews told USA Today Sports . “I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars.” In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms.

Clay Matthews calls on young defenders to rise up

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Adam Schein and Peter Schrager take sides. Rivalry Rants So, where are the sacks? Matthews and Greene know thats what fans expect, especially after the former notched 17 of them on Green Bays run to winning Super Bowl XLV. Such heroics combined with his trademark sack celebration and the distinguishing long blond hair that flows out of his helmet helped Matthews land a slew of commercial endorsements this offseason. While those advertisements have raised his public profile, theyve elevated on-field expectations for the Clay-maker even higher. Thats the nature of the beast, Matthews told FOXSports.com after practice Friday. If youre going to be putting yourself out there and having fun in regards to the media and television, you better make sure youre handling your business on the field. That has been the case yet the fans want to see what each commercial entails: blowing (quarterbacks) up. The fact Green Bays overall pass defense has sometimes blown hot air the group ranks 31st in the NFL in total yards allowed has fostered even more scrutiny. Thats what made a 45-7 rout of the Vikings so important as far as taking some outside pressure off Matthews and the entire unit. WHAT A TRIP Take a look at the up-and-down career of Donovan McNabb. We needed it, Packers inside linebacker Desmond Bishop said.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews opposes locker-room cameras

Yet, within the confines of the Green Bay locker room, the 27-year-old Los Angeles native, who inked a five-year, $65 million contract extension in April, conceded that he is also prepared to become the face of the teams defense. A defense which, ultimately, ended the 2012 campaign on a more than somber note on the heels of Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers hanging 45 points and 579 yards of total offense on the two-time NFC North champions in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 12. Absolutely, I think so, cited Matthews, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, on Monday in respect to assuming a more expanded leadership role this season on The Jim Rome Show. I think its time I rise up and show these guys through example, and I think Ive been doing that the last couple of years. In turn, Matthews, selected by the Packers in the first round (26th overall) in the 2009 NFL draft out of USC, acknowledged that while he is expecting to increase his level of performance atop the gridiron this season, he expects his colleaguesregardless of league tenureto carry their weight each week as well. Its time for these young guys to step up and fill that void, continued Matthews, in reference to the departure of former team captain and veteran cornerback Charles Woodson , who was released by the organization in February following a seven-year run in Titletown, in his interview with Rome. “Theres no excuses as to whos going to make the plays. I know that Ill be called upon each and every game, but its time for the rookies and second and third-year players to continue to rise up. Theres no time for just veterans to make plays or playmakers to continue to make their plays.

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“I’m not a fan of that, and I’m not afraid to say that,” the Green Bay Packers star linebacker told USA TODAY Sports. “The availability of the athletes is already so great to fans, the organization and the media, but now to add the locker room our one sanctuary, which is even taken over by the media and now you throw in cameras? “You think ‘cameras in the locker room’ and what does that conjure up images of? It’s a privacy issue. I know they’re trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there’s social media. You can’t leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars. I’m not a fan of it.” Cameras will be installed in each home team’s locker room to provide video (but no audio) that can be shown on stadium videoboards and through in-stadium wireless applications. While it’s reflective of the league’s ever-growing reach, the behind-the-scenes peek flows from a marketing plan to offer more bang for the buck for fans who attend games at the stadiums. What do you think of this idea?

Clay Matthews “absolutely” ready to lead Packers defense

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Updated: April 17, 2013 at 10:27 p.m. Friend(s) Email Clay Matthews will be wedded to the Green Bay Packers for years to come. Clay Matthews through the years Take a look at the best photos of Clay Matthews . NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport first reported Wednesday that the Packers and the All-Pro outside linebacker have forged a long-term contract extension. No terms were announced by the team, but NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported the deal as a five-year extension worth $66 million. Matthews tweeted a picture of himself signing the contract Wednesday. The Packers later confirmed the signing, and coach Mike McCarthy praised his young linebacker. “Congratulations to Clay, who has quickly developed into a core member of our team,” McCarthy said. “His accomplishments and the example he sets on and off the field will be vital to our continued success.

Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers reach extension

He had seven runs of at least 10 yards, and four of at least 20. Even if Ponder played perhaps the best game of his career against the Packers last weekend, there is little question Green Bay’s focus remains on Peterson. The Packers spent time working on tackling drills last week to prepare for Peterson, who still wound up gaining 189 of his yards after contact, according to stats from Pro Football Focus. Matthews and Co. are determined not to have a repeat performance. PHOTOS: Memorable wild-card moments Terrell Owens (pictured) had a case of the dropsies all day during a 1998 NFC Wild Card game, but Steve Young didn’t give up on him. With the 49ers needing a touchdown, Young threw over the middle to Owens, who caught the game-winning 25-yard touchdown sandwiched between two Packers defenders for a 30-27 win. Susan Ragan, AP Fullscreen The game needs no explanation, really. It’s known simply as “The Comeback”. Down 32 points, the Bills, led by backup quarterback Frank Reich (14), pulled off the greatest comeback in NFL history to defeat the Oilers 41-38 in overtime of a 1992 AFC Wild Card game. There hasn’t been a game like it since. Rick Stewart, Getty Images Fullscreen It’s one of the few plays in NFL history with it’s own name: “The Music City Miracle”. In a 1999 AFC Wild Card game, Frank Wychek took the ball on a kickoff and lateraled it (or did he?) to Kevin Dyson (pictured), who returned it for a touchdown in the final seconds to give the Titans a 22-16 win over the Bills.

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and outside linebacker Clay Matthews both spoke highly in favor of the NFL and the NFL Players Association coming together to finalize an agreement to test for human growth hormone. “I’ve been in favor of that for a long time now,” Matthews said Saturday in the locker room. “I’m glad it looks like we’re finally taking steps in the right direction to even the playing field. I know a lot of players have come out in favor of it. I’m looking forward to it.” Matthews’ father played 19 seasons in the NFL from 1978-1996 and shared some perspective with his son about the topic. “Speaking to my father about it when he played and they leveled the playing field back in the day, it’s always interesting to see the players who maintain their level of play and those who fall off,” Matthews said. “I also think it’s a step in the right direction in regard to sports in general.” Since the NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect two years ago, implementing a policy for HGH testing became only a matter of time. With so many of the league’s best players — including Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson — publicly supporting it recently, the process could be sped up. “I think leveling the playing field is very important,” Rodgers said Friday. “I know when the new CBA got signed that was one of the important things that they were trying to work through and it seems like we’re now taking some action steps towards that. Anything that cleans the game up I think is great, not only for the players but for the fans and the example that we set for young players.” Matthews wouldn’t comment specifically when asked if he and his teammates wonder which players across the league use HGH.

Packers make Clay Matthews the highest paid linebacker

It won’t be clear how much Matthews counts against the salary cap until full details of the contract become available. NFL Network reported that Matthews would make $28 million in the next calendar year, which includes the start of the 2014 football year when he’s expected to receive a large roster bonus or escalator. ESPN reported that Matthews would make $23 million this season but did not say how much would be prorated over the length of the deal. Matthews, a first-round pick from USC in 2009, will be 32 when the deal expires, so there’s no reason to believe he has topped out. In fact, he said that despite having 42 sacks in four years and showing to be as good defending the run as rushing the passer, he can improve a lot. “You know, I wasn’t a pass-rusher at SC; I had one year and a half a year at that of rushing the quarterback, so I’m still developing,” he said. “It’s funny how in 2012, I thought I had my best year. “And during this last year, I went back and watched that, and I think I’m light years ahead of where I was that year. And it’s been like that every year. Yeah, it’s going to continue.

Matthews had three sacks in the game. “Off the field, he’s a man,” Packers linebacker Frank Zombo says. “And when he’s on the field, he’s an animal. He’s a leader in the locker room, and he’s definitely someone us young linebackers can look up to.” Zombo is reminded that Matthews is just a year older than him. The rookie says he knows that. Matthews just seems so much older. Life moves fast in the NFL. And Matthews needs a breather every now and then. On Sunday, after fighting off roughly 600 pounds of double-teams, he finally blew past the left tackle and notched his seventh sack of the season, rekindling the talk in Green Bay that Matthews just might break the all-time single-season sack record (22 by Michael Strahan ).

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Camp questions: How do the Green Bay Packers fix the defense?

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Tomorrows camp question: What should the Indianapolis Colts expect from Andrew Luck in Year 2? The Packers have had great success in their aggressive 3-4 defense overseen by savvy schemer Dom Capers. So that made what happened in their divisional playoff loss to San Franciscogiving up 181 rushing yards to quarterback Colin Kaepernicka shocking disaster. B.J. Raji was taken ninth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Packers. (AP Photo) Teams will say one game doesnt weight on them, but such embarrassing results tend to linger. What doesnt help is the fact the Packers learned Kaepernick and the 49ers were first up Week 1 when the 2013 NFL schedule was released. Given they also face Robert Griffin IIIs Redskins in Week 2, Green Bay had no choice to make stopping the read option their offseason priority. It comes down tom something simple: Front seven discipline. The Packers are used to flying upfield with Clay Matthews leading the charge, getting in quarterbacks faces and pressuring them into mistakes on which the ballhawking secondary is built to capitalize.

Green Bay Packers sign safety Morgan Burnett to long-term extension

All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Wed., Jul. 31, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Thu., Aug. 01, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations.

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Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Wed., Jul. 31, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice. All times indicated are Central. Thu., Aug. 01, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations.

Clay Matthews will Be Filling That Leadership Void

Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews

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He has 5.5 more than Julius Peppers, despite playing two fewer seasons. Allen needs just 25 more to pass Michael Strahan for no. 5 on the all-time list. Allen wasnt the same player last year he was during his 22-sack season in 2011, but he was still in the top 10 in both knockdowns and hurries, according to Football Outsiders. Simply put, he belongs in any conversation about the best pass rushers of the past decade. Chris Clemons, Seahawks Far down the list of stars returning from ACL injuries this year will be Clemons, who was again a pass-rushing monster last year. He ranked in the top 10 in hits, knockdowns, and hurries, all while turning 31 last October. His return to health will be important for Seattle, even with the offseason additions of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Most importantly, Clemons has taken the spin move championship belt long held by Dwight Freeney. I fully understand I am the only person in America who cares about that.

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Last year saw improvement as the defense improved to 22nd out of the 32 teams. Improvement is the key word for the defense this year. If the Packers can have a top 15 defense to go along with the high powered offense, theres no reason the Packers cant make a deep run in the playoffs. With that being said, here are five key players on the Packers defense. 5. Sam Shields During the Packers Super Bowl run, Shields shined in the NFC Championship game against the Chicago Bears with two interceptions and a forced fumble. That playoff game solidified Shields spot on the 2011 roster, and he did not disappoint. The last two seasons, Shields has nine interceptions, including two during last years playoffs. With Charles Woodson now gone, Shields needs to keep up his level of play to ensure his half of the field will go without problems. 4. A.J Hawk Back in 2006, the Packers selected linebacker A.J. Hawk with the fifth overall pick. While his play has not been a total bust, it has not been on the same level as Clay Matthews. The last two seasons, Hawk has had zero interceptions. With the departure of Desmond Bishop, Hawk has to continue to step up his play in order to maintain his spot as a starter on the defense. 3. Tramon Williams Williams burst onto the scene in 2008 where he had four interceptions. In 2010, Williams had a career high six interceptions during the regular season, and added three more in the post season, including a pick six against the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round. Since that season, Williams has consistently shown his big play ability. With Sam Shields on the other side of the field, the Packers cornerbacks look to be set for a long period of time. 2.

Green Bay Packers: 5 key players on defense

So youre going to see that, especially in light of the last few years for our defense. Were trying to turn it around and get this thing back to where we were when we had the Super Bowl run. Matthews has always been a good player, but youve never seen him being overly vocal in the locker room or on the field. He just kind of fit in and let his play speak for him. That low-key demeanor appears to be a thing of the past. Matthews was reportedlymuch more vocal than in the past during minicamp and OTAs. He also worked extensively with the younger guys on the defense, who now look up to him. I think its definitely something natural as you get more comfortable in the system, being a leader, Matthews said. A lot of these young guys look up to you, especially having some personal success myself. Im going to do everything I can to help this defense get to where we need to go.

Clay Matthews calls on young defenders to rise up

I did the clubs, did theater, but didnt make any kind of moves to have this resurgence until they were old enough. The Diceman as devoted dad? My persona is one thing. Who I am off stage as a human being is really different, said Clay. Hes a relative newlywed, married three years to Valerie Vasquez, 29 (Im crazy about her). Allen spotted him on Entourage, Clay said, leading to his role as a divorced blue-collar dad in Blue Jasmine, which has been singled out by some critics (Variety called him an especially offbeat and rewarding casting choice). Clay, whos pursued both acting and standup, was so delighted by the chance to work with Allen and beside stars Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin that he agreed to let his hair go gray for the part. I said, You dont have to ask me twice. Ill hate it, but if its good for the movie Ill do it, Clay recounted. Next May, hes set to co-produce and judge The Big Big Show, which Clay calls a cross between American Idol and The Gong Show, and which will include his buddy Tom Green on the panel. Also scheduled for spring 2014 is his autobiography, The Filthy Truth, from Simon & Schuster and co-authored by David Ritz, whos written books with Ray Charles, Etta James and Don Rickles.

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Related Stories Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driverannounces retirement at Super Bowl GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers have locked up another defensive starter, signing safety Morgan Burnett to a long-term extension. Burnetts extension, reported by NFL.com to be worth $24.75 million over four years, follows earlier offseason deals with linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones. Burnett had been due to be a free agent following the 2013 season. With Charles Woodson missing most of last season with a broken collarbone, Burnett took charge of the Packers secondary. He led the team with 123 tackles, and was one of only two defensive players in the NFL to play every snap. Burnett also had two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions both against the Minnesota Vikings. In three seasons with the Packers, Burnett has 244 tackles and six interceptions.

Video: Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews

Green Bay Packers: 5 key players on defense

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4. A.J Hawk Back in 2006, the Packers selected linebacker A.J. Hawk with the fifth overall pick. While his play has not been a total bust, it has not been on the same level as Clay Matthews. The last two seasons, Hawk has had zero interceptions. With the departure of Desmond Bishop, Hawk has to continue to step up his play in order to maintain his spot as a starter on the defense. 3. Tramon Williams Williams burst onto the scene in 2008 where he had four interceptions. In 2010, Williams had a career-high six interceptions during the regular season, and added three more in the postseason, including a pick six against the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round. Since that season, Williams has consistently shown his big play ability. With Sam Shields on the other side of the field, the Packers cornerbacks look to be set for a long period of time. 2. B.J. Raji For a first round pick who didnt even want to come to Green Bay, Raji has become a fan favorite to all Packers fans. Most of that fandom came after his pick six against the Bears in the 2010 NFC Championship game, where he did his own version of Aaron Rodgers Discount Doublecheck. The play made Raji a playoff hero and helped the Packers advance to the Super Bowl, where they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews signed, Raji is the Packers top priority to get signed before he becomes a free agent. Since this is a contract year, Raji will need to prove that, like Rodgers and Matthews, he too is worthy of a large deal. 1.

Clay Matthews will Be Filling That Leadership Void

Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews

Other than Willie Davis, Matthews ranks as the top pass rusher in franchise history. Nick Perry (6-3, 265; second season): Perrys rookie season ended in the sixth game with a knee injury, though it was a wrist injury sustained in the opener that required surgery that officially derailed his season. Using brute force more than anything else, Perry had two sacks in his six games. Despite the meager stats, Perry had an impact first year . Hes the unquestioned starter with Erik Walden signing with Indianapolis. Dezman Moses (6-2, 249; second season): The undrafted rookie took advantage of the injuries to Matthews and Perry and finished with four sacks in his final nine games (including six starts). Moses, who missed most of the offseason practices, looked more natural than Perry in coverage. Nate Palmer (6-2, 248; rookie/R-6): In two seasons at Illinois State, Palmer notched 17 sacks and 25 tackles for losses. During his one month of on-the-job training, he stood out in coverage and ball drills, making him an intriguing prospect. Andy Mulumba (6-3, 260; rookie/UDFA): Mulumba was the second pick of the CFL Draft but opted to take his shot in the NFL. A powerful and explosive athlete with untapped potential, he had one sack and seven tackles for losses as a senior at Eastern Michigan.

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Webb, a fourth-round pick, and made an early case for a spot on the practice squad. On the first day of training camp Sunday in Oxnard, Rogers reached back to snare an errant pass on a crossing route late in the Cowboys’ first training camp practice. The fans erupted along the sideline. “They kind of went ‘ohhhh,’ ” Rogers said, a smile creeping across his face. Dez Bryant has been similarly impressed. “He’s nice,” said the starting receiver, his voice perking up along with his eyebrows. “I’m not just saying that because he’s one of our receivers either. He’s great. He’s tall and fast, he’s got hands. He’s got it all.” Rogers knows he’s still a longshot to make the active roster, but overcoming odds is nothing new for him. He avoided gang life to become the first in his family to graduate from college.

Obviously the more comfortable I am in the scheme, which I very read here much am, the longer Im here, the more tenured I am, the more I have to take that leadership opportunity. In light of what has happened in the off-season with Charles Woodson departing, the new contract shows trust in my leadership and ability on the field. So youre going to see that, especially in light of the last few years for our defense. Were trying to turn it around and get this thing back to where we were when we had the Super Bowl run. Matthews has always been a good player, but youve never seen him being overly vocal in the locker room or on the field. He just kind of fit in and let his play speak for him. That low-key demeanor appears to be a thing of the past. Matthews was reportedlymuch more vocal than in the past during minicamp and OTAs. He also worked extensively with the younger guys on the defense, who now look up to him. I think its definitely something natural as you get more comfortable in the system, being a leader, Matthews said.

Ryan Braun ‘bet’ winner would settle for Aaron Rodgers game check

What Will Happen to Relationship Between Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun?

What Will Happen to Relationship Between Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun

(Mike Roemer / Associated Press) By Chuck Schilken July 24, 2013, 9:31 a.m. Aaron Rodgers can breathe a little easier today — Todd Sutton isn’t going to insist the Green Bay Packers hand over his entire salary from last year just because Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for violating baseball’s drug policy. Id just take a game check, a laughing Sutton told USA Today Sports on Tuesday. According to the newspaper’s calculations, that would be $281,250 — which is just a fraction of the $4.5 million Rodgers made last season but a nice chunk of change to make off a silly little Twitter exchange. Back in February 2012, Braun successfully appealed another MLB suspension for similar charges. When Rodgers took to Twitter to celebrate his fellow Wisconsin sports star’s good fortune, Sutton, a 37-year-old flight nurse from Denver, responded with a tweet of his own, calling the quarterback “delusional.” @AaronRodgers12 you really believe he didn’t you PED’s???? #delusional Todd Sutton (@toddsutton) February 23, 2012 To Sutton’s surprise, Rogers replied: @toddsutton ya I’d put my salary next year on it. #ponyup #exonerated Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012 During the next few days, Sutton tried to engage Rodgers in some more Twitter chatter about the topic, trying a variety of approaches. @AaronRodgers12 I guess you think WWE is real too.

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#howsthecrowmlb. Rodgers was so confident Braun was innocent that he was even willing to bet his 2013 base salary of $4.5 million on it. The following exchange occurred on February 22, 2012 in which a Mr. Todd Sutton questioned Rodgers previous tweets. You really believe he didnt you PEDs???? #delusional, Sutton tweeted. Id put my salary next year on it #ponyup #exonerated, Rodgers tweeted in response. Clearly, Braun never told Rodgers the truth about what really went down. It is obvious he did not because Rodgers would never have been so defensive in the public light. It will certainly be interesting to see what Rodgers has to say about the 65-game suspension once Packers training camp starts later this week.

Aaron Rodgers Silent On Ryan Braun’s Suspension, Loses Bet With Todd Sutton (TWEETS)

Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012 When its guilty until proven innocent, all u need are the facts. #howsthecrowmlb #exonerated Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012 I’ll let my buddy take it from here. All u idiots talking about technicality open up for some crow too. See if Espn gets pressured not to.. Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012 @toddsutton ya I’d put my salary next year on it. #ponyup #exonerated Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012 UPDATE: Tuesday, July 23, 4:10 p.m. ET Lindsay Jones ofUSA Today Sports interviewed the fan whom Rodgers tweeted at, who jokingly said he’d take just a game check from Rodgers, which would cost Rodgers $281,250. End of update— Aside from being two star athletes who play in Wisconsin, Rodgers and Braun are also business partners as owners of the 8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill , named after their numbers. Now, hindsight is always 20/20, and there’s obviously no way Rodgers could have known his baseball buddy was guilty, but these were pretty bold claims.

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here. pillowporkers says: Jul 24, 2013 11:11 AM If I was Rodgers I wouldnt say anything either. Its what he should have done the first time when this all came up. Kept his mouth shut. Jul 24, 2013 11:12 AM other Cmon, Rodgers you offered it; Sutton didnt. Pay up on some basis. Sure, you look like an idiot right now but welching on a bet will look even worse. Sometimes even great NFL QBs bet on the wrong horse. Jul 24, 2013 11:12 AM Braun should step up and write a check. Abattoir says: Jul 24, 2013 11:13 AM Do not make wagers you cannot keep, Mr. Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers, who ‘put my salary on’ Ryan Braun being clean, probably regrets that now

More on ESPN.com Aaron Rodgers is one of hundreds of people whom Ryan Braun has put in an impossible spot, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog It all started when Todd Sutton tweeted last year that Rodgers was delusional over his insistence that Braun had not used performance-enhancing drugs. Rodgers then responded that he would bet a year’s salary that his friend was clean, including the hashtags ponyup and exonerated. Now that Braun has accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension rather than fight Major League Baseball over evidence he used PEDs, Sutton tells USA Today Sports he would settle for something else. “I’d just take a game check,” Sutton said. A game check from Rodgers would be $281,250. “I’m not really expecting to hear from him. It’d be cool, but I doubt it’s going to happen,” Sutton, a 37-year-old flight nurse, told the paper. Sutton also says he still likes the quarterback. Rodgers, who has more than 1 million Twitter followers, had not posted on his account since Thursday. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Aaron Rodgers is No. 1, Says Ron Jaworski

Aaron Rodgers at the Wisconsin Sports Awards

(Kathy Willens / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos North Carolina coach Roy Williams cheers on his team during the second half of a second-round game against Villanova in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos North Carolina’s Dexter Strickland (1) and Reggie Bullock (35) stretch before practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. North Carolina is scheduled to play Villanova Friday. (Charlie Riedel / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine (45) grabs a rebound over Valparaiso guard Matt Kenney (23) in the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday March 21, 2013. (Paul Sancya / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos Miami Marlins’ Placido Polanco, left, scores on a double by Giancarlo Stanton as Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, right, cannot hold on to the ball during the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. The Nationals won 7-5. (Jeff Roberson / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, left, of Finland, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, center, of Spain and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrate on the podium after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 17, 2013. Raikonen won the race with Alonso second and Vettel third. (Andrew Brownbill / AP) Best 2013 Sports Photos Florida guard Mike Rosario (3) reacts after being fouled by Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

That Guy Who Bet Aaron Rodgers About Ryan Braun Wants His Money

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He wasn’t just glad that Braun’s reputation appeared restored. He was thrilled that Braun’s accusers looked bad. If I didn’t see that familiar @AaronRodgers12 handle, I would have bet my salary — which falls just short of the $8.5 million Rodgers earned in 2012 — that it was someone else. Rodgers has made news in his career with strong and/or controversial statements, but he has always taken great care to frame his public communication in a civilized and clinical manner. I’ve called him out for one relatively misguided outburst , but generally speaking, you won’t find someone who puts more thought into what he says in public than Rodgers. I tweeted on the Braun-Rodgers connection in the moments after Monday’s announcement and was met with a pretty fierce pushback from Packers/Rodgers/non-baseball fans. @dnjpond tweeted that inserting Rodgers to the Braun story added nothing but “innuendo and agitation.” @mcflan5 suggested it is nothing more than that, “Aaron was clearly defending a friend.” @stevekass2 wanted me to “stick to football” and stop with the “wild leaps of assumption.” Here’s why this is relevant: One of the NFL’s top players is on record vehemently defending a now-admitted fraud — one who happens to be one of baseball’s top players — and gloating over a temporary exoneration that now has no credibility. The question from here is whether Rodgers has any public responsibility moving forward. Should we all just accept that he was ensnared and duped by a pathological liar posing as a friend?

Fan who won “bet” with Rodgers would take a game check to settle it

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Todd Sutton is , though. Id just take a game check, Sutton told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday, laughing. Im not really expecting to hear from him. Itd be cool, but I doubt its going to happen, Sutton said. Yeah, we doubt it too. A game check would cost Rodgers$281,250. Its pretty amazing that this guy makes that much in one week. More than I make in an entire fucking year. Seems fair. Rodgers also seems to have a history of welching on bets when he loses.

Braun puts Aaron Rodgers in tough spot

1, Says Ron Jaworski You know how we love it when people rank shit. Well, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is one of the people known for doing this. He annually ranks all the starting quarterbacks in the NFL. At the top of his list is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers got the nod over Peyton Manning and we can already hear all the Pey Pey fans whining. Kind of like all the stupid chowderheads cried when Tom Brady came in third. But Tom Brady is faaaackin awesome, bro! Aaron Rodgers couldnt carry Tom Bradys faaaackin jock! You know, because they know more about quarterback play than a former NFL quarterback who sits in a damn film room all offseason. Anyway, heres what Jaws had to say about numero uno. Rodgers is the most physically-gifted quarterback in the NFL.

Sports 0 (USA Today Sports Images) Aaron Rodgers was so sure his buddy on the Milwaukee Brewers , Ryan Braun , didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs, that he told a skeptical Twitter follower last February that he would put his money where his mouth was. @toddsutton ya I’d put my salary next year on it. #ponyup #exonerated Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012 Well, Braun has been suspended by Major League Baseball for the rest of the season after dropping an appeal, and somewhere Todd Sutton is wondering how he can collect the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s $4.5 million base salary for this year. When Braun had a positive test for PEDs overturned on appeal, Rodgers publicly defended him then as well. MLB and cable sports tried to sully the reputation of an innocent man. Picked the wrong guy to mess with. Truth will set u free #exonerated Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 23, 2012 Might be a bit awkward the next time the two Wisconsin sports stars talk. Rodgers probably should be regretting being so defensive of Braun, now that Braun has dropped his appeal and said he made “some mistakes” and is willing to accept the consequences. Rodgers once backed out of a jersey bet with the R&B group Boyz II Men, and we really don’t figure he will “pony up” on his Braun bet either. – – – Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and “Like” Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be. Related MLB video from Yahoo!

Green Bay Packers 2013 Breakout Candidate: Nick Perry

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But injuries quickly became a factor for Perry, as he played through a left wrist injury he sufferedin Week 1 anda left knee injury in Week 6 caused him to miss the following three games. Perry thenhad surgery to fix the wrist issue in early November, and his rookie season ended with just six games played, 18 total tacklesand two sacks. Injuries aside, the transition from college defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker was not a smooth one for Perry. He played at 265 pounds last season, and reports from OTAs suggest he has lost weight and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he looked so much smoother and athletic than he did in 2012. The Packers had the fourth-most sacks in the league last season (47), but no one outside of Matthews (13 sacks)had more than 4.5 quarterback takedowns.Perry showedgoodpass rushing ability in college (21.5 sacks in three seasons at USC ), so if he could have stayed healthy last season Green Bay may have had a very nice outside pass rushing duo. Perry should get every chance to earn the starting outside linebacker spot opposite Matthews during training camp, and frankly it would be an upset if he does not win the job. Even in a worst-case scenario Perry should see the field as a pass-rush specialist, and if he shows signs of being more than that I think he can be a very effective player for Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24 .

Packers HOF’er Jacke: Kicker, Fan

Biggest Camp Battles Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Arguably no other aspect of training camp draws as much interest as positional battles. Teams bring in talent to compete, and that competition typically brings out the best in the players involved. The Packers have their own set of positional battles ready to unfold, particularly at right tackle, safety and running back. Backup quarterback, depth at receiver and the starters at cornerback are other battles to also keep an eye on. To win one of those jobs, the players will have to show over the next month why they deserve the spot. For a complete analysis of the top positional battles, click here . Rookie, UDFA Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Few NFL teams rely as heavily on the draft-and-develop approach as the Packers, which makes each incoming crop of new players even more important for the advancement of the roster overall. By the end of April’s draft, the Packers had spent a total of 11 picks on new players. UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy highlight the group. But the Packers also picked up a promising crop of undrafted free agents, and recent history has shown that a few from that group will likely make the final 53-man roster. For the complete breakdown of the Packers’ draft picks and undrafted free agents, click here . Bubble Watch Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports In most training camps, 40 to 45 roster spots are all but locked up before any kind of contact is made. The Packers fit in that category, with a solid core that will make the final 53-man roster. However, this reality leaves 8-10 roster spots that are up for grabs. The players that don’t have a job locked up are considered on the “bubble.” A few familiar names, such as James Starks and D.J.

Packers will retire Favre’s number _ someday

1. Can the offensive line protect Aaron Rodgers? Since Aaron Rodgers took over the starting quarterback job in 2008, he has constantly been under pressure. Last year, Rodgers was sacked a league high 51 times. That is too many times for a franchise quarterback to be hit. To try and fix the protection problems, head coach Mike McCarthy made some changes during the offseason, moving his two best blockers, Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton, to the left side of the line to protect Rodgers blind side. Bulaga will be the left tackle and Sitton the left guard. Rodgers is the face of the franchise, and if the protection doesnt improve, he wont be the face for long. 2. Will Defensive coordinator Dom Capers solve the read option? 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran wild against the Packers in the playoffs. One key to his success was the genius of Jim Harbaugh to use the read option offense. The option confused Packers defenders all day long as Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. Now, he did throw 263 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the read option is what killed the Packers. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers was heavily criticized following the game for not stopping the option. Lucky for Capers, the Packers play the 49ers week 1. After that game, we will know if Capers did his homework over the off season. 3. Who fills the void of former wide receiver Greg Jennings? When he was healthy, Greg Jennings was a pro bowl caliber receiver. Now Jennings is with the Vikings, which leaves an open spot in the Packers offense. The expectations are for receivers James Jones, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb to be Aaron Rodgers main targets, along with tight end Jermichael Finley. The question is, who will emerge as the fifth target for Rodgers? The top two candidates for the job are Jeremy Ross and Jarrett Boykin. Ross was used primarily in the return game, while Boykin caught only five passes, including a clutch fourth down reception against the Vikings. No matter who wins the job, the gap left by Greg Jennings needs to be filled. 4. Who will win the starting running back job? Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin were drafted in this past years draft to help improve the Packers running game. They join James Starks, Alex Green, and DuJuan Harris to compete for the starting job. Starks shined during the Packers playoff run, while Green and Harris swapped the starting job last year as Starks recovered from knee surgery. Will the veterans prove they should be starters, or will the two rookies show why they were drafted? The running game has been nonexistent since Ryan Grant started having injury issues. With five running backs on the roster, at least one should be able to fix the problem. 5. Will Mason Crosby have a bounce back season? Prior to last season, Mason Crosby was making field goals with ease, clearing the goal post by many feet. After missing two field goals against the Colts last year, the goal got smaller, along with Crosbys confidence. Every time he lined up for a field goal, Packer fans were holding their breath. At the end of last season, Crosby started to make his field goals, and his confidence looked like it had improved. Coach McCarthy brought in competition for Crosby, just in case his kicking woes return. As long as Crosby keeps making his field goals like the end of last season, his job will not be in jeopardy.

But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, “I don’t anticipate that, no.” Murphy did not rule out the quarterback making an appearance at Lambeau Field in another capacity, however, perhaps as an honorary captain or as part of the alumni weekend festivities “We’ll see,” Murphy said. A cornerstone of the Packers renaissance in the 1990s, Favre was revered in the state after he led Green Bay to the Super Bowl title following the 1996 season. But he tested the patience of fans and franchise alike with his annual retirement watch late in his career, and his decision to retire and then unretire in 2008 prompted perhaps the messiest divorce in state history. The Packers had already made Aaron Rodgers the starter, and wound up trading Favre to the Jets during training camp. After a year with the Jets, Favre infuriated fans further by signing with NFC North rival Minnesota. But Rodgers helped smooth the way for a reconciliation between Favre and the Packers, sharing the stage with his predecessor at the NFL Honors awards ceremony in New Orleans in February. Murphy, who has been in contact with Favre since then, said again Tuesday that the appearance was a “first step.” Murphy recently said the team wants to make sure Favre’s number is retired before he would enter the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016, assuming he is a first-ballot selections. “We’re definitely going to retire his number. I really feel strongly that he deserves it,” Murphy said.

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He made 22-of-28 field goals, including several clutch kicks as the Cardiac Pack won six games by three points or less. The most memorable of his three game-winning kicks was a 47-yarder on the last play to beat Tampa Bay. That was a fun year, Jacke said. As a rookie, youre just happy to be on the team, you really are. The year that we had we just missed the playoffs. We were all sitting around and, I believe, it was a Sunday night game that Minnesota had to lose and we would have been in the playoffs. When they won, it made me think, This is going to be pretty easy. Everyones coming back, were all pretty healthy. Then the following two years, we go 4-12. It was a great experience with those guys. It was an honor and a joy to be a part of that 1989 season.” Jacke was an astounding 18-of-31 on field goals from 50-plus yards, the biggest of which was his 53-yarder that beat San Francisco in overtime during the Super Bowl season of 1996.

Packers to “even out reps” in backup QB competition

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If we do Jadeveon Clowney will be opposite Clay Matthews next season. Jul 20, 2013 1:12 PM Man Id rather have Tebow than either of them hansenbrothers says: Jul 20, 2013 1:21 PM Id be so happy to see Coleman win this job. Harrells trip & fumble against the Saints last year was almost as bad as the Sanchez butt fumble, it was just lower profile. ososrule says: Jul 20, 2013 1:32 PM If Rodgers goes down the Packers immediately become an average to below average team.Just saying stellarperformance says: Jul 20, 2013 2:19 PM Rodgers is not the whole team anymore than Favre was. Its a team. I dont want Rodgers, or Matthews, or Raji, or anyone hurt. But if Rodgers goes Aaron Rodgers Nike Jersey downthen its next man up. keevel says: Jul 20, 2013 2:23 PM B.J. Coleman better challenge for the back up job. Matt Brown has a better track record with the skill set this system needs better than anyone since Matt Flynn and would greatly benefit from a year of conditioning and practice quad coaching.

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers getting used to life without Donald Driver, Greg Jennings

Amerson should battle immediately for the nickel role and may have Hall’s job by next season. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Jon Bostic, Bears: With Brian Urlacher retired, the second rounder has a shot at moving into the NFL’s most glorious positions Chicago middle linebacker — if he can displace veteran D.J. Williams. Nam Y. Huh, AP Fullscreen Ezekiel Ziggy Ansah, Lions: The Ghana native and BYU product is short on football experience but long on potential. He’ll be asked to provide pressure for a squad that lost last year’s starting defensive ends, Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Eddie Lacy (pictured, 27) and Johnathan Franklin, Packers: Green Bay has never ranked Aaron Rodgers Jersey better than 14th running the ball since QB Aaron Rodgers replaced Brett Favre in 2008. Yes, the team has clearly fielded offenses that shock and awe, but the arrival of the rookie runners could provide balance that’s frequently been lacking, especially at playoff time. Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: Hes one of Minnesotas three Round 1 choices (the first time a team has had such a trio since 2001). Though Patterson’s receiving skills need polish, defenses will have to respect his deep speed. Even if he doesn’t make an instant impact for QB Christian Ponder, look for him to make his presence felt as a return man. Bruce Kluckhohn, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Desmond Trufant, Falcons: Now that CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson have moved on, Atlantas Round 1 choice will almost surely be thrust into a major role and will probably start in 2013 … while wearing Deion Sanders’ old jersey number. That’s a big responsibility, especially in the pass-happy NFC South. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Kenjon Barner, Panthers: The former Oregon Duck was only a sixth-round pick, but he’s got the first-rate burners to make a difference in Carolinas offense, possibly as its third-down back. Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Kenny Vaccaro, Saints: He joins a defense that allowed the most yards in NFL history last season. Look for Vaccaro to crack the starting lineup at safety and perhaps move into the slot in nickel packages. Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Mike Glennon, Buccaneers: Tampa Bay sent its first-round pick to the Jets for CB Darrelle Revis, and none of the Bucs rookies are likely to start. But keep an eye on the third-round passer in preseason.

Packers sign safety Morgan Burnett to contract extension

Packers alumni talked about what getting back together means to them and also how different training camp is for today’s NFL players as opposed to when they were on the field years ago. “The love affair that we had with football and Green Bay was founded on the love of the team and the guys and the coaches,” right guard Jerry Kramer (1958-68) said. But things have changed since they left the game. There are no more two-a-days and no more practicing nearly every day in full pads. Packers training camp begins in one week, and on hot days like Friday the NFL alumni aren’t exactly missing those two-a-days in the heat. “This is the best part of it. You don’t have to go put the pads on. You don’t have to practice in 90-degree heat. You get to go fishing, and now we get to sit back, relax, and watch the game and enjoy it,” wide receiver Bill Schroeder (1997-2004) said.

Packers welcome one-millionth Lambeau Field Stadium Tour visitor

Tickets for the banquet, which begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $135 each. Tables of 10 also are available for $1,300 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at gwenb@packershalloffame.com. No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event. Tue., Jul. 23, 2013 11:30AM – 5:00PM CDT Ask Vic Day “Ask Vic Day” will include a tour of Lambeau Field, a Packers Hall of Fame visit, lunch, an Ask Vic Live, and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with an 11:30 a.m.

Lambeau Field expansion puts Packers up with NFL’s big boys

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Amerson should battle immediately for the nickel role and may have Hall’s job by next season. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Jon Bostic, Bears: With Brian Urlacher retired, the second rounder has a shot at moving into the NFL’s most glorious positions Chicago middle linebacker — if he can displace veteran D.J. Williams. Nam Y. Huh, AP Fullscreen Ezekiel Ziggy Ansah, Lions: The Ghana native and BYU product is short on football experience but long on potential. He’ll be asked to provide pressure for a squad that lost last year’s starting defensive ends, Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Eddie Lacy (pictured, 27) and Johnathan Franklin, Packers: Green Bay has never ranked better than 14th running the ball since QB Aaron Rodgers replaced Brett Favre in 2008. Yes, the team has clearly fielded offenses that shock and awe, but the arrival of the rookie runners could provide balance that’s frequently been lacking, especially at playoff time. Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: Hes one of Minnesotas three Round 1 choices (the first time a team has had such a trio since 2001). Though Patterson’s receiving skills need polish, defenses will have to respect his deep speed. Even if he doesn’t make an instant impact for QB Christian Ponder, look for him to make his presence felt as a return man. Bruce Kluckhohn, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Desmond Trufant, Falcons: Now that CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson have moved on, Atlantas Round 1 choice will almost surely be thrust into a major role and will probably start in 2013 … while wearing Deion Sanders’ old jersey number. That’s a big responsibility, especially in the pass-happy NFC South. Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports Kenjon Barner, Panthers: The former Oregon Duck was only a sixth-round pick, but he’s got the first-rate burners to make a difference in Carolinas offense, possibly as its third-down back. Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Kenny Vaccaro, Saints: He joins a defense that allowed the most yards in NFL history last season. Look for Vaccaro to crack the starting lineup at safety and perhaps move into the slot in nickel packages. Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Mike Glennon, Buccaneers: Tampa Bay sent its first-round pick to the Jets for CB Darrelle Revis, and none of the Bucs rookies are likely to start.

Packers will retire Favre’s number _ someday

The Green Bay Packers signed safety Morgan Burnett to a contract extension Friday. Terms of the deal werent disclosed. Burnett, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, has started all 36 games in which he has appeared in three seasons with the team. He has 259 tackles, 28 passes defensed, six interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three sacks. The Packers also released wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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— The Green Bay Packers will definitely retire Brett Favre’s No. 4. It just won’t happen during the upcoming 2013 season. Speaking Tuesday after his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team’s finances, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy made it clear that retiring Favre’s number and reconciling with the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback is important to the franchise. But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, “I don’t anticipate that, no.” Murphy did not rule out the quarterback making an appearance at Lambeau Field in another capacity, however, perhaps as an honorary captain or as part of the alumni weekend festivities “We’ll see,” Murphy said. A cornerstone of the Packers renaissance in the 1990s, Favre was revered in the state after he led Green Bay to the Super Bowl title following the 1996 season. But he tested the patience of fans and franchise alike with his annual retirement watch late in his career, and his decision to retire and then unretire in 2008 prompted perhaps the messiest divorce in state history. The Packers had already made Aaron Rodgers the starter, and wound up trading Favre to the Jets during training camp. After a year with the Jets, Favre infuriated fans further by signing with NFC North rival Minnesota. But Rodgers helped smooth the way for a reconciliation between Favre and the Packers, sharing the stage with his predecessor at the NFL Honors awards ceremony in New Orleans in February. Murphy, who has been in contact with Favre since then, said again Tuesday that the appearance was a “first step.” Murphy recently said the team wants to make sure Favre’s number is retired before he would enter the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016, assuming he is a first-ballot selections.

Why the Green Bay Packers Shouldn’t Trade Jermichael Finley

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Yes Submit Vote vote to see results Should the Packers trade Jermichael Finley at some point before or during this season? Yes 5.8% Total votes: 2,129 The Packers could count on Jennings to be effective in the slot, outside and as a vertical receiver. He was a difference-maker, and offenses don’t get better by losing those types of players. Finley may not be on the same level as Jennings in terms of consistency and production, but he’s still expected to be a playmakerespecially after losing Jennings. There now figures to be more opportunities in the Packers offense, and it wouldn’t be crazy to think Finley will pick up at least a portion of the slack. Listening to the coaching staff this offseason, you’d at least expect Finley to get the chance. Dating back to the end of last season, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been highly complimentary of his tight end. “I really think the bye week he had an opportunity to step away and change some things,” McCarthy told Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He was a different guy. He was focused and productive in the second half of the season.” After Green Bay’s bye, Finley caught 37 of his 49 targets for 441 yards and a score. His drops declined, and his role in the offense increased. McCarthy continued his praise following minicamps and OTAs, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN: I think Jermichael looks excellent. He has put weight back on. He’s back where I like to see him, the playing weight that he’s playing with. He’s stronger.

Packers rookie running back Lacy has burden to carry

Arguably the best running back in college football has watched only two of his Alabama games outside of film sessions. Cartoons trump all. They extract the “real childish” kid from Gretna that Lacy misses so much. No, Katrina never stole Lacy’s love for, um… Little Quacker on “Tom and Jerry.” “I love whenever they have the little duck, that little orange duck!” Lacy says. “I love the way he sounds when he talks.” In countless ways, he’s still that kid from Gretna. Sure, he owns an Xbox, Playstation and Wii, but Lacy can still appreciate a Mario Kart marathon on oh-so-ancient Nintendo 64. He still hates onions. The mention of French onion soup from the waitress as a side order makes Lacy cringe, like he sunk his teeth into a lemon. Back in high school, Lacy didn’t drink beer and chase girls.

Green Bay Packers eye extension with Morgan Burnett

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Burnett made even more progress this past season, steadily improving into an all-around safety. While Burnett saw a jump in tackles in 2012 to 123, it was his consistency and reliability that are making him a mainstay for the Packers defense. Burnett joined St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis as the only players to play every defensive snap in every game last season. At the age of 24, Burnett was primed to enter free agency next season as one of the top young defensive backs on the market. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and will make $1.325 million during the upcoming season. It is clear Ted Thompson has made him one of the Packers top priorities for extensions. Green Bay still has cap space after signing Aaron Rodgers to a five-year, $110 million extension and Clay Matthews with a five-year $66 million extension. But after letting Greg Jennings and Charles Woodson depart during the offseason, Green Bay still has enough cap room for another extension.