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The Pack today said ‘so long’ to injured linebacker Desmond Bishop, and there’s already chatter that the Vikings, who need help at that position, will talk with Bishop.
It was about an hour before he was released, Bishop said on the Twitter he was done.
“So much fun, so many memories & friendships forged in Green Bay,” Bishop tweeted. “Ups & downs, wins & losses! Even a XLV championship. Forever grateful #Pack”
Bishop confirmed he’ll talk to the Vikings, and said there’s a couple other teams that are interested.
The LB was a starter in the Packers’ Super Bowl season of 2010 and again in 2011.
Over those two seasons, he had eight sacks, four forces fumbles and an interception.
He missed all of last season with a torn hamstring suffered in the preseason.
Written By: Cody Strahm
Round Pick Overall Pick One 26 26 Two 23 55 Three 23 88 Four 25 122 Five 26, 34(compensatory) 159, 167 Six 25 193 Seven 26 232
Total: 8 Picks
Team Needs: Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Running Back, Wide Receiver
Consensus First Round Pick: Tight End, Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
There probably hasn’t been a quieter team this offseason than the Green Bay Packers. But that’s nothing new. Packers’ GM Ted Thompson has a firm philosophy of building through the draft. It’s a philosophy that is hard to question given Green Bay’s success over the past four years and the repeated demise of teams that splurge in free agency.
With that said, this Packers’ roster is far from perfect. Having arguably the best quarterback in football in Aaron Rodgers helps mask some of its holes. But if Thompson and the Packers have hopes of bringing the city of Green Bay its fifth Super Bowl title, there are several pressing needs that they need to address in next Thursday’s draft.
Those needs start along the offensive line. The Packers have ranked in the bottom half of the league in rushing the past three seasons and could be looking to upgrade at guard in the draft’s early rounds. There are also some question marks at tackle, as Aaron Rodgers was sacked a career-high 51 times in 2012. Syracuse product Justin Pugh may be an option for the Packers with their 26 th selection, while Alabama’s Barrett Jones could be a nice fit at guard.
Green Bay has been known to employ lesser known tailbacks in their backfield and have been successful doing so in the past. But an inability to find consistency on the ground the past few seasons could prompt Ted Thompson to add one of the top talents at running back in the class in Alabama’s Eddie Lacy. Lacy will likely be gone when the Packers select in round two, so landing him would probably require their first round pick or a trade up in round two. If Green Bay passes on Lacy, though, there will still be great value in the middle rounds at the position with backs like Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor.
Tight End isn’t necessarily a position of need, but with Jermichael Finley scheduled to hit the open market in 2014, Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert could be too tempting to pass up if he is still on the board.
The Packers have developed a reputation for possessing one of the deepest receiving corps in the entire league. But Greg Jennings signing with the rival Vikings and with James Jones set to become a free agent after this season, expect the Packers to resolidify their depth at the receiver position. Tennessee Tech’s Da’Rick Rogers and Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton would be welcomed additions in the third or fourth round.
Moving to the defensive side of the ball, the Packers are looking for help along the defensive line to better equip them to run the 3-4. They’ll likely seek a five-technique defensive end at some point. They may even look to upgrade at nose tackle. Purdue’s Kawann Short or UNC’s Sylvester Williams would be an excellent snag in the second or third.
At defensive back, many expect the Packers to look at drafting a safety early after Charles Woodson was let go. But with promising young safeties like Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings on the roster, expect the Packers to hold off on selecting a safety until the middle or late rounds.
The Packers and outside linebacker Clay Matthews have come to terms on a long-term deal.
“Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!,” Matthews wrote when he posted a pic of himself signing the contract on Twitter.
The contract is a huge one for the Fabio lookalike, as Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com says the deal will average “just north” of $13 million per season.
The four-time Pro Bowl LB is set to earn $3.73 million in base salary with a $40,000 workout bonus in 2013, the final season of his five-year, $13 million rookie contract.
Matthews is coming off a season in which he put up 13 sacks in just 12 games.
Packers fans with Clay Matthews jerseys should be happy today, as Adam Schefter reports a deal is nearly done that will keep Matthews in cheese land.
Reports are Matthews will get at or north of $13 million a year in new money.
Matthews, 26, has 42.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Packers, including 13 last season. He has 204 tackles, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in 58 career games since being drafted 26th overall in the 2009 draft out of USC.
The Packers are also working on an extension for Aaron Rodgers, with sources saying last week the sides are closing in on a long-term deal that would make the quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Joe Flacco did not have the spotlight very long when it came to being the highest paid player in NFL History. In the same offseason that Flacco got his new deal, so will Aaron Rodgers. Sources close to the situation are saying that the Packers and Rodgers are closing in on a deal that will make the Green Bay quarterback the highest paid player in NFL History.
Team president Mark Murphy said that making Rodgers the highest paid player was a “priority.” With Flacco set to make $20.1 million a year, Rodgers could be making up to $23 million. Rodgers has had a passer rating higher than a 101 for the past four seasons, and has only thrown 14 interceptions in the past two. That interception total is less than Josh Freeman (17), Tony Romo (19), Brandon Weeden (17), Matthew Stafford (17), Andrew Luck (18), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (16) just this past season.
Rodgers’ 141 career touchdown passes against his 41 interceptions, along with his Super Bowl MVP award back in 2010 has led him to become the future NFL’s highest paid player. We will break it to you when the two sides have reached an agreement.