Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn also has co-hosted Gannett Wisconsin Media's "Clubhouse Live!" show. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
The "Kuuuuuuuuuhn" chants inside Lambeau Field will continue to echo for at least one more season.
The Green Bay Packers re-signed veteran fullback John Kuhn to a one-year deal on Thursday, according to his agent Kevin Gold. The deal is expected to be worth more than $1 million after signing, roster and workout bonuses.
Outside of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Kuhn will be the longest tenured offensive player on the team’s roster next season.
He’ll be the second-oldest player on the roster next season – he turns 32 in September – but has remained valuable through his knowledge of the playbook and accountability on special teams.
Kuhn had spoken to a few other NFL teams since the start of free agency on March 11, but felt it was best to stay in Green Bay.
“John is excited to remain in the place that is best suited for his talents,” Gold said in an e-mail.
He’s played in 107 of a possible 112 regular-season games since being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh in 2007. He has 165 carries for 506 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns in his eight NFL seasons.
Kuhn first hit the free agent market in 2011 before signing a three-year, $7.5 million deal to remain in Green Bay. He’ll take a pay cut after earning $2,350,000 last season, but it still figures to pay him more than the $855,000 veteran minimum for an eight-year veteran.
It’s still easy to see why it would be enticing given the fragile market for fullbacks in today’s NFL.
Both coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers voiced their preference to have Kuhn back this season.
His chip block on new Packers defensive end Julius Peppers to spring Rodgers’ game-winning touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the regular-season finale against Chicago only solidified his value on the roster.
“Great player, great teammate,” said Rodgers on his ESPN Wisconsin radio show after the season. "(There’s) nobody I trust more on the field than John. He’s an exceptional guy, I love playing with him, and I’d be really sad if we weren’t able to walk out of that tunnel together as we do [when we] come out of the locker room for pregame warmups. John and I have walked together for the last six, seven years, and he’s always been somebody I could really count on the field and just a great football player.”
The Packers have seven remaining free agents, including defensive linemen Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, tight end Jermichael Finley, quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Seneca Wallace and linebacker Rob Francois.
The Packers signed another fullback, 6-foot, 250-pound Ina Liaina, in January, but it’s not unusual for the organization to tap street free agents for camp competition.