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Thompson feels no pressure to fill holes via draft

Even though his Green Bay Packers seldom add players in veteran free agency, general manager Ted Thompson insists that he feels no added pressure to fill roster holes with draft picks.

Nevertheless, with some clear needs on his team, Thompson will have to deliver some immediate contributors during the April 30-May 2 draft for a team that was minutes away from a berth in the Super Bowl.

“There’s no more pressure on our part,” Thompson said during his annual pre-draft news conference Wednesday in advance of his 11th draft as the Packers’ decision-maker. “The pressure, in my view, is making sure we take good players.”


Packers to host Bears in Thanksgiving game

The Green Bay Packers’ 95th NFL regular-season schedule — highlighted by a Thanksgiving night game at Lambeau Field against the Chicago Bears, the first home Thanksgiving game since 1923 — was released this evening by the National Football League.

Green Bay’s schedule includes four other prime-time contests and seven games against 2014 playoff teams. Three of those games (Dallas, Detroit, Seattle) will be at Lambeau Field, while four (Arizona, Carolina, Denver, Detroit) will come on the road.

The Packers will kick off their season on the road for the third consecutive year. Green Bay will travel to Chicago, opening the season at the Bears for the first time since 1981 and on the road against a division opponent for the first time since playing at Detroit in 2005.


Packers re-sign Raji, Guion

The Green Bay Packers have re-signed defensive tackles Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji.

General Manager Ted Thompson announced the signings Tuesday. Details of the contracts were not available.

Guion started all 16 games and both postseason contests for the Packers last season. He registered career highs with 62 tackles and 3½ sacks during the 2014 regular season while recording 12 tackles and a half-sack in the postseason. Before joining Green Bay, Guion played six seasons for Minnesota after being selected by the Vikings in the fifth round (No. 152 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

For his career, Guion has played in 84 regular season games with 47 starts and has registered 191 tackles (96 solo), 8½ sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has started all three postseason contests he has played in, recording 18 tackles and a half-sack.


Packers re-sign Bulaga to 5-year deal

Aaron Rodgers believes he knows the No. 1 reason why the Green Bay Packers’ offense was so good last season, and he doesn’t think it’s the fact that he was the NFL MVP for the second time in four years.

The Packers quarterback insists it was the offensive line’s continuity and quality of play, which is why the team’s re-signing of veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga on Wednesday was so important.

Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is believed to be for five years and worth about $34 million, including an $8 million signing bonus. Bulaga, who turns 26 next week, was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2010 and became the youngest player in NFL history to start a Super Bowl when the Packers beat Pittsburgh during his rookie season.


Packers re-sign receiver Randall Cobb

A person familiar with the negotiations says receiver Randall Cobb is returning to the Green Bay Packers after agreeing to a four-year, $40 million deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday night because no one was authorized to talk about the deal before it was officially announced. first reported the agreement.

Cobb capitalized on a career year when he had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. He joined Jordy Nelson to become a potent receiving tandem during quarterback Aaron Rodgers' MVP campaign.

The 5-foot-10 Cobb also proved to be an elusive threat in the red zone and over the middle on third downs.

With Cobb returning, the Packers' next top priority might be re-signing right tackle Bryan Bulaga.


Packers forgo franchise tag on Cobb

The deadline for NFL teams to attach a franchise tag to free agents passed Monday afternoon without the Green Bay Packers locking up receiver Randall Cobb.

Teams had until 3 p.m. to apply a one-year franchise tag. The projected salary for tagged receivers was $12.823 million.

It’s an option the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos used, applying the franchise tag to Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, respectively. With Bryant and Thomas under contract for 2015, Cobb could be the top receiver to hit the open market when free agency opens March 10.

Cobb is a good receiver, but not a No. 1 threat like Bryant and Thomas. His market is expected to be between $8 million and $9 million per year, a league source said. A “great deal” on the open market would be $10 million per year, a figure the Packers aren’t likely to offer, the source said.

Anything more than $10 million would be unrealistic for Cobb, the source said.


Packers release veteran A.J. Hawk

Linebacker A.J. Hawk had a hunch after Green Bay’s season ended that he might be looking for a new team.

So he wasn’t surprised after the Packers released him Wednesday following nine years with the only club he has played with in the NFL.

Hawk is not bitter, either.

“I wasn’t taken by surprise. I kind of had a feeling it might happen,” Hawk said on a podcast he released Wednesday after the team made the move. “The Packers actually let me know. … They’ve stayed awesome throughout this whole process, been super classy.”

Hawk, a respected locker room presence, leaves Green Bay with 1,118 tackles, tops in the franchise since 1975. He appeared in 142 out of a 144 possible regular-season games with 136 starts since being drafted in the first round in 2006 out of Ohio State.

Hawk lost playing time in the second half of this past season as Green Bay tried to shore up its run defense.


Packers finalize coaching changes

Packers coach Mike McCarthy made it official Thursday, announcing that he is relinquishing his job calling plays for Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay offense.

The decision was part of a significant shake-up on that side of the ball, where the Packers led the NFL in scoring in 2014 and Rodgers won his second most valuable player award.

McCarthy is handing off the play-calling duties to Tom Clements, whom he promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach.

Edgar Bennett was named offensive coordinator, while Bennett’s responsibilities as the wide receivers coach were given to Alex Van Pelt, who’ll now coach both quarterbacks and receivers.

McCarthy had called plays since being hired as the Packers’ coach in January 2006.


Packers defensive lineman arrested

Authorities said Wednesday that Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion had been arrested in Florida on felony charges of drug and firearm possession after a traffic stop turned up three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, a 9mm handgun and a bag containing more than $190,000 in cash.

Guion, 27, was arrested Tuesday night during a traffic stop in his hometown of Starke, Florida. Police said that the lineman “became extremely uncooperative and hostile” during the stop and wound up being handcuffed to protect the officers.

Guion was released from Bradford County jail Wednesday on $100,000 bail.

“We are aware of a serious matter involving Letroy Guion. We have not yet spoken to Letroy and we will have no further comment,” the Packers said in a statement.

Guion’s agent, Seth Katz, declined comment and referred inquiries to the team.


Packers list Rodgers, Lacy as probable

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy were listed as probable on the injury report Friday for this weekend’s NFC title game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers has been limited this week in practice with a lingering left calf injury.

“It’s painful. There’s stiffness involved. There’s constant, around-the-clock treatment,” Rodgers said Friday. “Hopefully, it feels pretty good on Sunday.”

Lacy was added to the injury report on Thursday with a sore knee. Coach Mike McCarthy has said he limited Lacy in practice as a precaution.

McCarthy said Rodgers and Lacy looked good on Friday, when the Packers didn’t practice.

“I’m not concerned. I’m chillin,’” Lacy said.

Seattle Seahawks starting right tackle Justin Britt is questionable for Sunday’s game and was a limited participant in practice Friday. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said soreness developed in Britt’s knee on Monday and Tuesday.


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