Top 10 Packers News stories of 2014

Danielle Beyer
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts after a play in the third quarter during Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.

It's time to reflect.

We ran the numbers and compiled a list of what you, our readers, clicked on the most in 2014.

In a year that included both good and bad, from injuries to good-luck beards, here's a look at our top stories from the past year.

10. Kuhn, Packers at crossroads as free agency looms

WestonHodkiewicz wrote that there may soon come a time when the fullback position becomes extinct in the NFL. That time, however, is clearly not now. John Kuhn stayed with the Packers for another season.

Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter during a December game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

9. Jennings signs with Bears; Packers schedule 2 visits

While M.D. Jennings was on his way out, the Packers had set up visits with two free agents: Defensive lineman Al Woods, who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers the last four years, and tight end Owen Daniels, who was cut by the Houston Texans and had played in college at Wisconsin.

M.D. Jennings, a free-agent safety, has left the Green Bay Packers and signed with the Chicago Bears.

8. 2 Packers make Shape's sexiest NFL players list

And who were those two players? Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers, of course. Matthews came in at No. 5 and Rodgers at No. 17 on a list that was topped by New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker.

Clay Matthews

7. Jermichael Finley to file claim on insurance policy

Jermichael Finley filed a claim on his $10 million insurance policy, which could be paid out Oct. 20 – one year to the day after he suffered a scary injury that required spinal fusion surgery.

Free agent Jermichael Finley sits in the training room at WelleFast Elite Sports Training in Maple Grove, Minn.

6. It's time for Packers to bench A.J. Hawk

According to Pete Dougherty, it's time to state the obvious: The Green Bay Packers need to make A.J. Hawk a backup.

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk calls defensive signals against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 2.

5. Source: Finley failed Seahawks physical

An NFL source said in March the Seattle Seahawks failed tight end Jermichael Finley on his physical during his visit to the team. Finley is currently a free agent and has since filed a claim on his $10 million insurance policy.

Free agent Jermichael Finley

4. McCarthy: No place for 'ridiculous' Suh action

After Aaron Rodgers feel to the ground following a pass, Ndamukong Suh appeared to accidentally back up and step on Rodgers' ankle. It then appeared Suh took another step back on purpose and stepped on Rodgers again, before pushing off on Rodgers' lower leg and walking away.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during the first half against the Green Bay Packers.

3. Packers keep QBs Tolzien, Flynn; DL Thornton to IR

The Packers announced their 53-man roster in August. Among the biggest announcements – Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien both made the cut.

Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements with quarterbacks Matt Flynn, left, and Scott Tolzien, during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field.

2. Packers may need to take chance in free agency to improve 'D'

At his season-ending news conference in January, coach Mike McCarthy made clear what he thinks ails the Green Bay Packers' defense.

Linebacker Clay Matthews

1. Aaron Rodgers' good-luck whiskers belong to Wausau man

After Aaron Rodgers pulled his beard during Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, Jeremy Wilcox quickly became an Internet sensation. Despite not being publicly known until nearly the end of December, Wilcox and his beard became our most-read story of 2014.

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