Player News - Packers

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports Julius Peppers "appears to be done in Green Bay."

Peppers has not announced if he will continue playing in 2017, but it sounds like he will not be back with the Packers either way. The veteran has been linked with the Panthers, who selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2002, and should get interest as a situational pass rusher. The 37-year-old recorded 7.5 sacks last season and has at least seven sacks in all but one of his 15 seasons.
Source: ESPN
Feb 16 - 1:53 PM

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports free agent Eddie Lacy was "fined for not making weight over the last couple of seasons."

Per reporter Pete Dougherty, "it’s unclear how often or how much." As Dougherty points out, it clearly didn't work. Lacy lost weight to much fanfare last offseason, but Dougherty reports he gradually gained it back, and may have even been a few pounds up in January. Dougherty guesses Lacy could be limited to offers of $2 million plus incentives because of his weight and ankle issues. He'll be a fascinating case on the open market.
Feb 16 - 1:10 PM

Impending free agent RG T.J. Lang wants to re-sign with the Packers but admitted he hasn't "heard a word from them" about a new contract.

Lang is "preparing for free agency," and that's not to say he won't be back with Green Bay. The Packers have over $40 million in cap space and can bring back Lang rather easily. Entering his age-30 season, Lang will likely be looking for top dollar after another strong season. Behind Kevin Zeitler, Lang is our No. 2 available interior lineman in a strong market for guards.
Feb 13 - 12:16 PM

According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, free agent Eddie Lacy will likely have to settle for a one-year deal in the $2 million range.

Dougherty came to this conclusion after speaking with an agent who has studied the running back market. Lacy burst onto the scene by earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, but has watched his production dip while battling injuries and weight issues. The Packers cut James Starks, and ex-WR Ty Montgomery is unlikely to develop into an every-down back. Given the alternatives, bringing Lacy back on a cheap one-year deal might be the Packers' best option.
Feb 12 - 12:45 PM

Packers CB Demetri Goodson is expected to miss the start of the 2017 season.

Goodson is three months removed from ACL surgery. He’s a strong candidate to open 2017 on the reserve/PUP list. Goodson made a few spot starts before going down last year but should be limited to a subpackage role when healthy.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 9:09 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky believes 2017 could be a "make or break" season for Randall Cobb.

Cobb had a monster 2014 campaign, catching 91 balls for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, but his numbers have dipped in consecutive years since signing a four-year, $40 million pact. Including the playoffs, Cobb had just two 100-yard games in 2016 and was passed on the totem pole by Davante Adams behind Jordy Nelson. Due an $8.6 million salary, there are whispers Cobb may be asked to take a pay cut. Cobb turns 27 in August and has become a low-end WR3 in fantasy.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 9:52 AM

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel expects Ty Montgomery to remain part of Green Bay’s 2017 backfield.

The Packers are moving Montgomery to running back full-time after playing him there the majority of 2016. He enters the offseason as the favorite for pass game work in a likely committee. The Packers could bring back Eddie Lacy as an early-down starter to pair with Montgomery.
Feb 8 - 7:21 PM

Associated Press named Packers WR Jordy Nelson its 2016 Comeback Player of the Year.

He beat out Le’Veon Bell and Cameron Wake. After missing the entire 2015 season to ACL surgery, Nelson rebounded with 97 catches, 1,257 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns. There were rumblings Nelson might never be the same player given his age at the time of his injury, but he picked up where he left off before going down. Nelson's play fell off late in the year and in the playoffs, but he will return as a top-10 receiver for 2017.
Feb 4 - 8:00 PM

Packers president Mark Murphy said there is no GM-in-waiting behind Ted Thompson.

"I don’t think you can make promises," Murphy said. "The league changes so much year to year." Director of football operations Eliot Wolf landed a new deal when he pulled out of the running for the 49ers' GM job -- he later interviewed with the Colts -- but that contract apparently does not contain any promises about a future role. When Thompson does retire, Wolf should be a strong candidate if he is still in the building, but plenty of former Packers scouts like Chiefs GM John Dorsey and Seahawks GM John Schneider might be interested as well. For now, however, Thompson will be around at least another season and likely beyond.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 10:10 AM

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Packers want to re-sign free agent TE Jared Cook.

Cook missed six weeks with a high-ankle sprain, but was a big part of Green Bay’s offense down the stretch. He averaged 55 yards and four catches over his final 10 games (including playoffs). Cook is one of the Packers’ top priorities.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 6:10 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers could have interest in free agent Julius Peppers.

Peppers spent his first eight years in Carolina. Coming off a seven-plus sack season, he would upgrade one of the worst pass-rushing defenses in the league. Peppers is considering retirement, but showed enough last year to continue playing. Entering his age-37 season, Peppers would likely have to settle for a team-friendly deal.
Jan 28 - 5:21 PM

Packers News reports GM Ted Thompson might be more aggressive in free agency this spring.

Thompson has built one of the most consistent franchises in the league through the draft, but there are plenty of people both inside and outside the organization who would like to see him be more aggressive in free agency. In fact, dissatisfaction with Thompson's approach led to rumors he would be replaced this offseason, although coach Mike McCarthy hinted that will not happen during his season-ending press conference this week. Thompson did sign Jared Cook in free agency last offseason, and it is possible he could make an even bigger splash this year. The Packers need a ton of help on defense, and a marquee signing at corner, inside linebacker, or edge rusher would certainly help.
Jan 28 - 12:52 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said DC Dom Capers will return for 2017.

"Dom Capers is an outstanding football coach. He had a tough challenge this year," McCarthy said. "I feel really good about the coaching job that our staff did." Capers is always on the hot seat in the minds of Packers fans, and that was especially true following the 44-21 NFC Championship loss to Atlanta. Green Bay's defense and especially the secondary were ravaged by injury, however, and the Falcons have one of the most explosive offenses in NFL history. The Packers will need more out of their defense next season, but better health and talent are more important to that goal than a new coordinator.
Source: ESPN
Jan 26 - 12:20 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he would "love to see" impending free agent Eddie Lacy re-signed.

McCarthy added Lacy is still recovering from a serious ankle injury, and no decision will be made until he "clears the medical threshold." Coming off an injury and with constant questions about his long-term conditioning, Lacy likely will not cost much to retain. A one-year, prove-it deal could work for both sides.
Jan 26 - 11:54 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Ty Montgomery will remain a running back moving forward.

"He's a running back," McCarthy said. "He wants to change his number." The Packers will add to their backfield with Eddie Lacy and Christine Michael headed to free agency, but Montgomery showed enough in his stint as the starter to at least retain a committee role. Montgomery's likely loss of receiver eligibility will hurt his fantasy value, but he could end up as a solid upside pick in the middle rounds of 2017 drafts.
Jan 26 - 11:46 AM


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