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-- The Green Bay Packers will open their rookie camp today, with about 30 players expected. That includes all eight draft choices, undrafted rookies, and players invited for tryouts.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will open their rookie camp today, with about 30 players expected. That includes all eight draft choices, undrafted rookies, and players invited for tryouts.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts are largely determined by how high they were drafted – and there’s little room for negotiation. Media reports say two draft choices have already agreed to standard four-year contracts – second-round defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, and fourth-round safety Jerron McMillan. And the other six draft picks, including first-round outside linebacker Nick Perry, were expected to sign soon.
The rookie camp continues through the weekend. The first practice is late this afternoon inside the Don Hutson Center, and it’s closed to the public.
Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named Wisconsin’s Pro Athlete-of-the-Year at the inaugural Wisconsin Sports Awards ceremony in Milwaukee last night. ESPN’s Milwaukee radio station put on the event. Around 100 sports executives and media personnel choose a number of winners. The Packers were named Wisconsin’s team-of-the-year, and Rodgers also received the player-of-the-year honors. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke was named the state’s coach-of-the-year, and the Brewers received the award for the fan-friendliest team. The Packers’ win in Super Bowl-45 was the 2011 game-of-the-year. And Packers’ linebacker A.J. Hawk was honored as the community-involved player-of-the-year. For college awards, Division III UW-Whitewater was named the team-of-the-year. Whitewater’s Lance Leipold was the honored coach. And UW-Madison's Montee Ball was the college player-of-the-year. Vince Biegel was honored as the high school football player-of-the-year. Sam Dekker and Samantha Logic were the boys’-and-girls’ prep basketball players-of-the-year.