John Kuhn will be Testing Free Agency as Well

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John Kuhn

John Kuhn

It looks like the Green Bay Packers now only have a chance of re-signing one of their 17 unrestricted free agents before free agency begins. Fullback John Kuhn and the Packers won’t be agreeing on a new deal before the signing period opens on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Kuhn won’t return to the Packers though.

The source said that the two sides planned to keep in touch, leaving open the possibility that Kuhn could return for an eighth season with the Packers.

The only free agent the Packers might be able to sign before Tuesday appears to be defensive tackle B.J. Raji. He’s reportedly close to a one-year deal. Meanwhile, the Packers have either pissed off pretty much everyone else or given them a sign they don’t have any interest.

Cornerback Sam Shields, the Packers’ No. 1 priority for a new deal, broke off negotiations with the team last week. Meanwhile, the Packers are reportedly going to let receiver James Jones and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett walk. And they’re playing wait and see with defensive end Johnny Jolly.

Unlike Shields, who’s probably as good as gone, there’s a decent chance Kuhn returns to the Packers. Fullback isn’t exactly an in-demand position throughout the NFL. Most teams don’t even employ one, so Kuhn’s options will be limited.

Because of that, you can bet your ass the Packers were lowballing the hell out of Kuhn.

His last contract averaged just over $2.5 million per season. No doubt the Packers want his next one to be lower. Kuhn still has plenty of value to the Packers, though.

Kuhn is a veteran leader on a team with a dearth them. He’s also the team’s most reliable running back in pass blocking.

Let’s not forget who saved Aaron Rodgers’ ass and allowed him to heave that bomb to Randall Cobb to beat the Bears and win the division. John Kuhn on the block of Julius Peppers.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

11 Comments on "John Kuhn will be Testing Free Agency as Well"

  1. vj

    I thought we rewarded our own players but the Packers are just plain cheap, and good Free Agents won’t want to come here with a reputation for cheapness, cold weather and nothing cool to do.

  2. nurseratchett

    Kuhn (pronounced Kuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhn!!) is one of those guys you can count on to do whatever is needed. I will never the play where Kuhn essentially kept Cobb on his feet for a kick return touchdown.

    He’s more than just a full back-he’s back up for a porous oline-in-flux as mentioned in the post above. I would hate to see him go, & I think A-Rog will too.

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  4. Pastordad

    Once again we are talking about keeping Rajiv who has not proven to be that big of an asset and TT is rewarding a loyal solid producer….though admittedly not used as he once was….but still dependable… “Reward” him with uncertainty…where is the loyalty to players that have everyone’s back. With the additional funds this should be a no brainier…TT man up and sign the man already.

  5. ay hombre

    Settle down, Francis.

    When did people start giving a shit or believing what half-assed reports from half-wit journalists have to spew.

    The Packers are doing right by Kuhn. Allow him to go out and get paid, or come back to Green Bay on the cheap. They don’t disrespect him by approaching him about taking a pay cut, rather the Packers allow him to assess his value by testing the market and putting the final decision in Kuhn’s hands. This will make for a happier player who knows he’s not getting jobbed by the hometown discount.

    Same thing for James Jones.

    You heard it here first. Both Kuhn and Jones will return on the cheap and Teddy will look like a genius again.

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