Packers Morning Buzz: What's holding up Aaron Rodgers' deal?
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Pete Dougherty's column detailing the inside story of new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's pass-rush plan:
The Packers’ new coordinator and scheme emphasize the inside rush, which is this defense’s strongest area. The Packers might have as much talent there as anyone in the NFL aside from the Los Angeles Rams (Aaron Donald) and Philadelphia Eagles (Fletcher Cox), who have the game’s two dominant inside rushers.
From that perspective, Gutekunst made his big offseason move before the draft by signing Muhammad Wilkerson in free agency. Wilkerson potentially gives the Packers three inside rushers, along with Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark, that offenses have to worry about. It’s “potentially” because the question is whether Wilkerson regains the form that made him a standout earlier in his career. ...
Wilkerson was available for $5 million plus incentives because his play nosedived after he signed a five-year, $86 million contract with the New York Jets in 2016. The Jets cut him in February after he had only eight sacks the last two seasons combined. But in the three years before that he had 28½ sacks, or an average of 9½ a season, which is outstanding for an interior rusher and the reason for his big contract in the first place.
It shouldn't be too long before Aaron Rodgers vaults to near the top of this list:
Joel Corry raises the specter of Rodgers playing the 2018 season under his existing deal if he is adamant about being able to opt out of his new contract:
The Packers' Family Night practice is set. Richard Ryman has details:
Jason Wilde writes about what Geronimo Allison learned from Jordy Nelson:
Three questions facing Packers running back Aaron Jones via Lombardi Ave:
Cheesehead TV writes about how Randall Cobb remains a multi-dimensional threat:
Inquiring minds want to know why running back Ty Montgomery still is allowed to wear No. 88, which normally is reserved for receivers. The Power Sweep spells it out:
How much might Rodgers miss favorite-target Nelson?
Tom Clements never enjoyed media sessions during his years as Packers associate head coach and offensive coordinator, but he talked about Rodgers on the radio Tuesday:
Packers cornerback Davon House was impressed by this tattoo image of left tackle David Bakhtiari: