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Receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb didn’t exactly live up to their contracts in 2017. Cobb hasn’t really lived up to his at all. Linebacker Clay Matthews would also fall into the same category in recent years.

However, it doesn’t appear Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst plans on being without any of them in 2018.

“It’s hard enough in this league to find them, so we certainly wouldn’t want to let them walk out the door,” Gutekunst said. “But there are restraints and there’s things that every decision kind of affects something else, so we kind of want to let all the information come in before we get to that point.”

That’s not exactly a guarantee right there. However, Gutekunst also praised Nelson, saying he still thinks he’s a good player.

Nelson had just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. All six TDs came with Aaron Rodgers under center. Cobb caught 66 balls for 653 yards and four touchdowns. Matthews had 43 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

All three players have salary cap numbers north of $11 million, with Nelson and Cobb above $12 million.

It is largely believed that if the Packers don’t release one or even two of the trio, they’ll be asking someone to take a pay cut. The Packers currently only have $16 million of available cap space. That is the ninth-lowest number in the NFL.

Complicating things, especially at the receiver position, is the Packers also have huge money invested in Davante Adams. He received a four-year, $58 million extension in December.

The Packers will have some decisions to make before free agency begins and they aren’t exactly easy ones.

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  1. Kato February 28, 2018

    Well, on the bright side there will be a lot of cap space next year.

    1. PF4L February 28, 2018

      Time will tell on that, some contracts “might” disappear after next season, but as they do, more get signed.

  2. PF4L February 28, 2018

    I like Adams, but am i the only one who thinks 14.5 mill a year is over the top?

    Ball and Ted were slowly digging a grave for this team.

    1. Kato February 28, 2018

      It totally is. Unfortunately, he had all the leverage

    2. Kato February 28, 2018

      The only guy that can play outside and is under 30 on the roster.

  3. PF4L February 28, 2018

    Here’s my long term concern….

    In the next 2 or 3 years, of making the playoffs, i’m guessing that Ted, Murphy, McCarthy, Ball take all the millions they’ve been payed and retire (maybe at the same time). Leaving this team a mess, and an aging Rodgers sitting there wondering ..”where did the last 10 years go?”

  4. Carl DeLuca February 28, 2018

    Already bitching about the new GM before he does anything I see.

    1. PF4L February 28, 2018


      I referenced Ball and Ted.

      Then i talked about a concern, concerning Ted, Ball, McCarthy and Murphy, never once mentioning Gutenkunst.

      Next time have someone read it for you, and then have them explain it to you.

    2. Mike Ditka's Mom March 21, 2018

      Don’t worry, Total TMZ Packers will be calling to fire Gutenkunst soon enough. LOL!

  5. Cheese February 28, 2018

    “It’s hard enough in this league to find them, so we certainly wouldn’t want to let them walk out the door,”

    Hmm, that’s interesting. That wasn’t the attitude in place when they let all those pro bowlers and all pro players walk out the door within the past two years. Some weren’t even offered contracts.

    So you’re telling me it’s hard to find someone who can average 6 sacks a season over the past three years? If you say so… Shit, better pay him $14 million a year because you never know when you’ll find someone that can put up those kinds of numbers.

    1. Kato March 1, 2018

      There is a guy like that on the market right now! His name is Phernell McPhee. He even gets injured like Clay. Bet he would be half the cost

  6. Kato March 1, 2018

    Based on these comments, I am already really starting to have concerns about Gutekunst.

    1. Empacador March 1, 2018

      Only on the comments? I thought the new, improved clown structure would have given you pause! Lol! I have a feeling it will only get worse though.

      1. Kato March 1, 2018

        No no, Gutekunst’s comments about the high contract players and keeping them on the team. I don’t necessarily take packers fans comments as gospel, but obviously there are a few guys on this board that I respect.

  7. MJ March 1, 2018

    How much are we going to (over) pay Rich Rodge?

    1. PF4L March 1, 2018

      Oh idk…lol…..Gute will start out at 1.5 mill/year, Ball will out bid him at 2 mill.

      Gute will show Ball who is in charge and raise it to 3 mill/year. That’s when things get heated…..

      So they go up to (Daddy’s) Murphy’s office, and are going to let him make the final decision because that’s his new job now. They both plead their cases, Murphy gives it careful thought, then decides on………

      4 years – 18 million, 14 million signing bonus (guaranteed).

      The Packer Way.

      1. MJ March 1, 2018

        LOL, very good one. I hope this stays just a bad nightmare and never, ever, comes to fruition.

  8. Larry March 29, 2018

    Mathews is one of the most over paid athletes in any sport based on production. I understand Gute had to make some salary cap room, but a choice between your QB’s favorite WR and Clay Mathews should have been a no brainer. I seriously question Gute’s football IQ and football common sense just based on that alone. I’m in the minority but this upcoming draft scares the hell out of me.

  9. Sal April 9, 2018

    “‘It’s hard enough in this league to find them, so we certainly wouldn’t want to let them walk out the door,’ Gutekunst said. …That’s not exactly a guarantee right there. However, Gutekunst also praised Nelson, saying he still thinks he’s a good player.”

    LOL what a bunch of horseshit that all turned out to be.

  10. Celery Cap May 10, 2018

    Well, Jordy and Richard Rodge are gone, so that’s something. Cobb and Clay are here to stay?