How Aaron Jones contract extension could look
Olivia Reiner and Ryan Wood discuss the futures of right tackle Bryan Bulaga and backup tackle Jared Veldheer heading into the start of free agency.
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 fielding a question Wednesday in his weekly live chat about talks between Aaron Jones and the Packers on a contract extension and whether that would be wise given the short shelf life of NFL running backs.
It’s a dicier issue with RBs, no question. They have him under their control for one more year, though they could always franchise tag him next year if they wanted. I’m thinking they should give it a shot and in fact wrote a column about that a couple weeks ago. Because of his injury history, I’m thinking they might get him at a decent price, maybe $7M a year or so. He was their key guy on offense last year, a very dynamic guy with the ball in his hands. The shelf life for RBs is short, you’re right there, so if I’m them I’d look at it as a two- to three-year deal including this upcoming season (even though on paper it could be five or six years). They still need another RB, but he’s a very good player so I think it would be worth the risk at that cost IMHO.
You can read the rest of Pete’s chat (which lasted more than 2 hours and covered a multitude of Packers topics) here:
The Packers are making their long-awaited move to clear $8 million in cap space:
Wisconsin prospects put on a show at pro day, Tom Silverstein writes:
In light of the decision to conduct the NCAA basketball tournament without fans, it’s uncertain whether the NFL will still hold its owners meeting in late March and conduct the April draft as a fan event in Las Vegas:
The Packers acquired two sixth-round picks in trades with the Raiders (192, Trevor Davis) and Titans (208, Reggie Gilbert) and a seventh-round pick from the Ravens (242, Ty Montgomery). They also moved up from 244 to 236 in a trade that sent Justin McCray to Cleveland:
Green Bay is among the teams with the most picks in the April 23-25 draft:
No way are the Packers offering anything in this neighborhood to retain Bryan Bulaga:
If Bulaga moves on, here’s how the Packers could address the right tackle position:
Richard Ryman updates the status of the Packers Hall of Fame inductions:
Ryan Wood’s series on the Packers’ unrestricted free agents rolls on:
Packers fans excited about Green Bay’ reported interest in tight end Austin Hooper might want to temper their expectations. USA TODAY Sports’ Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz looks at 10 NFL free agents who might be overpriced:
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Some of free agency’s most puzzling deals can be traced back to reliable but unremarkable players reaping the rewards of a field short on true difference makers. That could be the case with Hooper, who might be poised to reset the tight end market despite falling short of George Kittle and Travis Kelce’s class and benefitting from the attention opposing defenses gave to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Hooper could still be an adequate option for a team with an established No. 1 target, but it’s hard to reconcile giving more than $10 million per year to a pass catcher who has averaged just 43.8 yards per game and 10.1 yards per catch in the last three years.
You can read the entire story here:
Former Packers executive Eliot Wolf (son of former Packers general manager Ron Wolf) joins the Patriots:
And finally: Ryman presents a proposal for how the Packers should manage ticket distribution if the NFL goes to a 17-game schedule:
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