Initial welcome to Jeremy Hautala - Jeremy can say hello and give some background about himself and about what he would like to contribute to the APP podcast. (Jeremy has already been great with posting on social media/FB, thnx Jeremy!)
X’s & O’s/player acquisition stuff
Free agency gains:
Free agency losses:
Jordy Nelson (no surprise, but the Packers low-balled him big time for whatever reason)
Jeff Janis (aka the people’s champ lol)
Demarious Randall (part of trade, not FA but a loss nonetheless)
With Kirk Cousins getting $84M guaranteed for 3 years you would think that Arod will get, at a minimum, $90M guaranteed for 3 years. There are rumblings and rumors that the Packers are gnashing their teeth and trying to do a bunch of things with this contract that would give Rodgers a % of the salary cap each year.
Question to ponder - will this extension be an overall good thing for the packers or will it be the beginning of the end in terms of being the pre-season favorite to win the NFC North and/or be the NFC representative in the superbowl?
The upcoming NFL Draft:
Will be held on April 26-28th
The Packers have 12 total draft selections in 2018. The Packers still maintain all four compensatory picks — a fourth-rounder, two fifths, and a sixth — as well as an additional seventh-round pick that they acquired from the Buffalo Bills for Lerentee McCray.
Packers Organization stuff
The new “reporting structure” is uh, interesting(?)
Mark Murphy instituted some sort of new power/reporting structure whereby Murphy, Russ Ball, Brian Gutekunst and Mike McCarthy all meet and report up to him. This looks like way too many cooks in the kitchen and doesn’t provide the GM with full control over personnel decisions
The Packers have lost Eliot Wolf & Alonzo Highsmith to the Cleveland Browns. They have not been replaced - the brain drain that happened 5-6 years ago has taken it’s toll and as of now neither Wolf nor Highsmith has been replaced. This is concerning…
League news and Trends:
Apparently the “catch rule” has been revisited and “fixed”. Now everyone who claims that “Dez caught it” is right I guess.