Archive for the ‘Green Bay Packers’ Category

Packers add free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois (The Associated Press)

Friday, March 24th, 2017
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers have signed free agent tackle Ricky Jean-Francois, adding depth to a defensive front depleted in the offseason.

Clay Matthews Sr., head of family that's seen three generations of NFL players, dies at 88 (Shutdown Corner)

Friday, March 24th, 2017
Clay Matthews Sr., the patriarch of one of the NFL’s most successful family trees, died Thursday night at 88 year old. Matthews was a Korean War veteran who was a two-way lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, playing 45 games over four seasons in the 1950s, a South Carolina native who went on to play at Georgia Tech. Matthews was the first of three generations of family members to play in the NFL: his two oldest sons, Clay Jr. and Bruce, each played 19 years in the league.

Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay house is for sale, and you might even be able to afford it! (Shutdown Corner)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
We don’t dabble in real estate too much here at the Shutdown Corner, but we just could not help ourselves with this listing that came onto our radar — and the market.

New York Giants re-sign middle linebacker Keenan Robinson (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
The New York Giants have re-signed middle linebacker Keenan Robinson. The Giants announced the signing on Tuesday, adding that fellow linebacker Mark Herzlich had signed a new contract Monday. Robinson, who left Washington to sign with the Giants last season as a free agent, played in all 17 games with seven starts, including one in the playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

Steelers sign RB Knile Davis, CB Coty Sensabaugh (The Associated Press)

Monday, March 20th, 2017
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent running back Knile Davis and free agent cornerback Coty Sensabaugh on Monday, regrouping after missing out on coveted linebacker Dont'a Hightower by finding depth at two areas of need heading into 2017. The New York Jets claimed him off waivers, but he never reported.

Behind the scenes: How NFL teams fit roster under salary cap (The Associated Press)

Friday, March 17th, 2017
When the Packers gave Brett Favre the NFL's first $100 million contract in 2001 - well, first ''$100 million contract,'' because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn't ultimately worth the advertised amount - the team structured it to create extra space under the salary cap for other signings. When he's off in the woods, hunting or fishing, it's hard to find him,'' recalled Andrew Brandt, who managed Green Bay's cap then as a team VP. Such behind-the-scenes machinations take place all the time in the NFL, where the salary cap, which grew to $167 million per club for the coming season, factors into every roster-shaping decision.

For ageless Terence Newman, Minnesota return was easy call (The Associated Press)

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Terence Newman wasn't ready to be done with the NFL, mentally or physically, but the desire to continue his career was only as good as a team's interest in him. The Minnesota Vikings were more than willing to re-sign the sage cornerback for a 15th season in the league. All this required, really, was an honest conversation between Newman and coach Mike Zimmer.

Post-free agency NFL mock draft: Deshaun Watson lands in a very interesting situation (Shutdown Corner)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Free agency has slowed to a virtual crawl, and the NFL draft picture very much is coming into focus. There are a handful of prospects whose medical situation need clarity, and a few more who still have important pro days looming. Note: A few pending moves — what the New England Patriots do with Malcolm Butler, what Dont’a Hightower decides to do, and Tony Romo’s fate — could wreak havoc with this draft.

Tuesday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
The winter storm wreaking havoc in the Northeast forced postponement of an NHL and an NIT game and the cancellation of most flights in and out of Buffalo as several college basketball teams headed in for the start of the NCAA Tournament. Tuesday night's game between the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils was postponed and rescheduled for March 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. NCAA officials said seven of the eight men's teams competing in Buffalo had arrived for the NCAA Tournament.

Steelers meet with LB Don't'a Hightower but no deal reached (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Coveted free agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower's tour hit Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but Hightower left the team's facility without signing a deal. The team announced it hosted him after he spent Monday getting wooed by the New York Jets. Hightower spent most of the day at the team's headquarters, but left early in the evening without a deal imminent.