Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL 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 start with Ryan Wood’s continuing free agency series. The latest is on Nick Perry and the likelihood the outside linebacker lands a big payday.
Perry made good on the one-year, $5 million contract he signed last offseason. And so did the Packers. Instead of paying Perry $7.75 million last season, they saved some salary by declining to pick up the former first-round pick’s fifth-year option.
Now comes the challenge of signing players at premium positions to short-term deals. Perry is scheduled to become a free agent, and he’ll likely cash in on his successful contract year.
The price tag for edge rushers only increases as the salary cap continues to grow. Perry’s market value is projected as five years and $42.7 million, an $8.5 million annual average, according to Spotrac. With the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul, the Cardinals' Chandler Jones and the Chargers' Melvin Ingram receiving franchise tags and ample teams sitting on an abundance of cap space, Perry’s deal could reach $10 million or more.
Ryan also wrote on punter Jacob Schum signing an exclusive rights deal with the Packers.
Michael Cohen writes that the Packers will most likely be unable to afford J.C. Tretter:
I spoke with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy over breakfast for this week’s podcast:
Matt Bowen stopped by during the Combine here in Indy to talk about how the event has changed:
Our Rich Ryman has the goods on the Packers raising their season ticket prices for the eighth season in a row:
Sounds like the Packers are looking hard at running backs in this draft:
Elsewhere, former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree has chimed in on Adrian Peterson:
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky writes on BJ Raji’s plans to stay away:
Jason Parone of Cheesehead TV wonders just how in sync the coach and GM are:
The Power Sweep looks at what may have been T.J. Lang’s last year in Green Bay:
There’s always so much to follow at the Combine it can get overwhelming. The guys at Around the NFL do a good job on their pod here sifting through the information overload: