PACKERS ROUND-UP: All 11 Packer draft picks are signed
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers now have contract agreements with all 11 of their draft picks from April.
First-round defensive end Datone Jones agreed to a four-year deal yesterday worth seven-point-seven million dollars. Media reports say the package includes a signing bonus of just under four-million dollars, with total guarantees of around six-and-a-quarter million. Jones was the 26th overall pick in the first round out of UCLA. He’s expected to join his new teammates for physicals today.
The first Training Camp practice will be held tomorrow morning. About 13,000 people attended the Packers’ annual stockholders meeting yesterday at Lambeau Field. Team president Mark Murphy said the Packers now have the NFL’s third-largest seating capacity – and they passed the Dallas Cowboys thanks to the new South End Zone addition which added 6,600 seats. Lambeau has a total capacity of 80,750 and is now the largest sporting venue in the state of Wisconsin (The University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium in Madison seats 80,321) That’s up from 61,000 just a dozen years ago.
As of early afternoon, Aaron Rodgers has not given a public response yet to his friend and business partner Ryan Braun’s drug suspension. What’s more, various media reports say the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback might be trying to round up eight-and-a-half million dollars – his salary from 2012 – which he bet with Packer fan Todd Sutton on Twitter last year that Braun would not be found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs. Neither Braun nor Major League Baseball has come out and said that Braun ever used P-E-D’s – but given his vehement denials the past two years, and his admission of quote “mistakes,” a number of folks are assuming that it’s enough to make Rodgers pay up. Rodgers and Braun own a restaurant together in Brookfield, and they’re planning a second eatery in Glendale – both Milwaukee suburbs. It’s possible that Rodgers won’t address the matter until Friday, when the Packers have their first practice at Training Camp.
'Rookie quarterback Matt Brown says he hopes to hook up with another NFL team, despite a knee injury he suffered during a workout at his home in Illinois last week. The Green Bay Packers cut Brown on Tuesday, with the official reason being a “non-football injury.” Brown signed with Green Bay in the hours after the NFL Draft ended in April. He said the knee injury was not all that serious, but he might have had to miss several weeks. As he put it, the knee “wouldn’t be 100-percent going into camp so they” – meaning the Packers – “thought it would be the best situation to go separate ways.” Brown would have been one of three quarterbacks competing for a backup spot behind Aaron Rodgers. B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell are the others.