Packer update: Jones, Kuhn re-sign, Barnett onto BuffaloWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ receiver James Jones and fullback John Kuhn have both agreed to three-year contracts to stay with the Super Bowl champions.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ receiver James Jones and fullback John Kuhn have both agreed to three-year contracts to stay with the Super Bowl champions.
Financial terms were not immediately available. But after last night’s practice at training camp, coach Mike McCarthy said it was great to have both of them back. Jones dropped five potential touchdown catches last season, including two in the playoffs. But quarterback Aaron Rodgers made public pitches on behalf of both Jones and Kuhn. And Jones’ agent, Frank Bauer, said Rodgers and receiver Donald Driver both asked general manager Ted Thompson and negotiator Russ Ball to re-up with Jones. Bauer said he didn’t know any other quarterbacks besides Peyton Manning who would do that. Kuhn’s agent, Kevin Gold, said his client will become the highest-paid fullback in the NFL, but he did not give any numbers.
Kuhn is a fan favorite who took a bigger role in the Green Bay backfield after injuries mounted up last season. Jones has 149 catches in his four-year NFL career, all with the Packers, for two-thousand-69 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has three TD’s in seven playoff games.
Former Packers’ linebacker Nick Barnett signed with Buffalo yesterday. It’s a three-year deal worth 12-million-dollars. The Packers released Barnett last week after he spent his first eight NFL seasons there. At Buffalo, he’ll be reunited with former Green Bay defensive coordinator Bob Sanders, who’s now the Bills’ outside linebackers’ coach. Barnett replaces Bills’ starter Paul Posluszny, who signed with Jacksonville last week as a free agent. Barnett only played four games for Green Bay last year before suffering a wrist injury that ended his season. His 2008 season was also cut short by a major knee injury. Barnett’s best year was in 2009, when he had a career-high four sacks. For his career, Barnett has 15-and-a-half sacks and nine interceptions in 107 games.
Also, former University of Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt signed a rookie contract with Houston yesterday. He was the Texans’ first-round draft choice in April.