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Jones Re-Ups with Pack; So Does Kuhn: Rodgers Is Smiling

Posted July 31st, 2011 @ 08:07pm

Like most of you, I was surprised to hear the Pack resigned WR James Jones to a new three-year deal. But when the market tightened up in the last 24 hours, he realized his dreams of a big money contract and a shot as a #1 receiver somewhere else had gone up in smoke. The Jets brought in their latest reclamation project in Plaxico Burress and the Vikings went cheap with former Falcon (and Bill Musgrave fave) Michael Jenkins.

When Aaron Rodgers went public earlier this week saying, in his mind, Jones should be the team's top priority, you can bet the front office listened. They also discovered, to their delight, that they weren't competing with any other teams and were able to sign Jones at a palatable (and at the time of this writing, unannounced) salary.

Hey, it's great to have Jones back. It lessens the concern that the team could be thin there if Donald Driver is not healthy and it lessens the need for rookie Randall Cobb to take meaningful snaps until he's comfortable with the offense. Presuming a three year deal for $10-15 million on the high side, that's a workable number for a guy that has shown big-play ability in big moments. Unfortunately, they're usually tempered by key drops at inopportune times.

The Packers have also brought back fan favorite John Kuhn, who earned every dollar of his new deal, reported to make him among the highest paid fullbacks in the league.

So in a week where the Pack lost starters Darren Colledge and Cullen Jenkins, along with reserves like Brandon Chillar, Mark Tauscher, Brandon Jackson and Brady Poppinga, it's nice to close out the craziest transactional week in NFL history with two moves that keep the Aaron Rodgers Band together. The Eagles suddenly have a deep and dangerous defense. These two moves will help keep the Pack deep and dangerous on offense.

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on August 18th, 2012 at 10:23am

Eagles certainly got better, but so have the Patriots, as well as many other teams. With the Pack getting so many starters back, it's like we just signed 15 top free agents/draft pics on top of what we got in the draft. I have complete faith in TT, and more than that I have an amazing amount of respect for MM's coaching and game planning. We will continue to chew other teams up with the passing game and with Grant/Starks running for us now, who can't stop us? Oh, and I forgot to mention a little coach named Capers, he should probably get kudos too. Dave, hasn't Jackson coverted yet? I can't believe he's sticking with the Queens! And is he still wearing that Favre jersey? He should store it in a closet and it'll be worth tons in 50 years, since all of the rest of them have been burned.

on August 1st, 2011 at 01:55pm

Oh boy Davey, you've got Dennis. C rolling in his sheets. I've always said that if James Jones ended up on any other team, he would be a sure-fire hall of famer. Thank goodness we kept him, punt returns and our zone blocking would definitely have been an issue if we didn't. I don't know about you fellas, but I'm getting excited for the upcoming season. Hopefully the coaches and ref's get this lockout thing settled soon. Very annoying.

on August 1st, 2011 at 09:29pm

Truly sad about Brandon Chillar. I'm not sure we have anyone with his skill set. Between his smarts and coverage skills, he will be missed. Yeah, the offense looks great. I'm just concerned about inside linebackers.

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on August 1st, 2012 at 06:42pm

Dennis, was that comment about James Jones being a "sure-fire hall of famer" made in jest or tongue in cheek? guys that routinely drop sure-fire touchdown balls don't make the hall of fame. GoPack!

on August 2nd, 2011 at 01:46pm

The Eagles are also working with a new and inexperienced DC, who will have to take all those FAs and mold them into an actual team. I'd say it's 50-50 the whole thing falls to pieces by November. Then there's also the issue of what kind of replacement VY will be at QB when the nearly-inevitable injury keeps Vick from starting...

on August 2nd, 2011 at 05:18pm

great to be thinking of football again...maybe the politicians can look to the NFL for a little guidance on how to compromise...well, we might as well just crown the Eagles the champs and get it over with. NOT!! I think with all the injured players returning, and with an infusion of young, and hopefully good talent, the Pack should be able to continue to show who the real boss of the NFC really is! Can't wait for Packer preview this fall. GO PACK!!

on August 2nd, 2011 at 06:36pm

Yes, Jackson is still a Vikings fan and shows no signs of slowing down. But your emails will help one day. The Favre jersey never gets worn: it was Sidney Rice last season. Guess he'll have to find a new one for this season. His black Eagles #10 is his all-time favorite and Philly is his second favorite team. So I get to deal with that now too! Great start for the rookies too. Cobb gives the team a speed dimension they lacked, DJ Williams will pass Quarless soon and Sherrod stepped right in at LG. Now, let's just try to keep most everybody healthy this season!

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on July 31st, 2011 at 09:35pm

The offense looks great! Rodgers has a lot of weapons to throw to and hopefully a running game! Go Pack!

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