Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers looking for 'more freedom' in new contract
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood wrapping up our opponent preview series with his look at the New York Jets.
Two days before Christmas, the Green Bay Packers will arrive in the nation’s largest city to play the New York Jets.
Holiday trips to the Jets haven’t been kind over the years, ending in a pair of blowouts. The Packers lost 28-3 to the Jets on Dec. 20, 1981. They lost 42-17 in New York on Dec. 29, 2002. Both victories propelled the Jets into the playoffs, with the latter being described by Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin as “the best moment in my career."
It’s far too early to foresee whether this year’s version of the J-E-T-S will be worthy of the postseason. But with only one winning season and no playoff appearances since 2010, a stretch in which they’ve been stuck in the shadow of their big-city neighbor New York Giants, there is optimism for the future.
The Packers announced a roster move late Friday afternoon:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Friday afternoon:
Elsewhere, Peter King spoke with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers about a wide range of topics, including the status of his contract negotiation.
Rodgers wasn’t giving away much on this. But he sounded very much like a unique contract suits him more than a usual one, which could be obsolete 18 months after signing.
“It’s only been on my mind because … people have been writing and talking about it a lot,” he said. “There have been many conversations about it. I think that there’s some merit to looking into where you do a non-traditional contractual agreement. If anybody at this point is gonna be able to do something like that, I think there needs to be a conversation about it. I never said anything about [tying the contract to] the cap. I just think there’s ways to do contracts where you can still be competitive so the team is happy about it, but have some more freedom.”
Speaking of Rodgers contract, the quarterback confirmed that James Jones will be the one to break the news:
Bill Huber has one hell of a note on a particular Rodgers stat:
Instant pressure didn’t seem to phase Rodgers last season:
The Checkdown looks at a history of Rodgers photobombing:
Kenny Clark spoke with Drea Avent about his game:
The Pro Football Focus crew projects three difference makers for the Packers:
The Packernet Podcast looks at the matchup with the Patriots:
Paul Noonan looked at the problem with the Packers' pass rush under Dom Capers:
Packers Wire has a look at expectations around Tramon Williams:
This is a fun summer thought exercise:
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A.J. Hawk likes the Packers' chances this year:
Wisconsin and the Packers were well represented at the American Century Championship:
This hype video on the new look Packers secondary is worth your time: