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Relocation fees help boost Packers in another strong year

NFL relocation fees helped boost the bottom line for the Green Bay Packers and the rest of the NFL.

The league’s only publicly owned team released its 2017 statement on Wednesday, reporting net income of $72.8 million.

About $27.1 million is part of the team’s share of the fees that the Raiders, Rams and Chargers had to pay to relocate. Such fees are split equally among NFL teams that aren’t moving.

The Packers’ annual financial statements always provide a peek into the lucrative business side of the NFL, especially since the team plays in the league’s smallest market. The relocation spree over the past year gave the report added relevance.

The Raiders’ fee to move from Oakland to Las Vegas was about $350 million. The Rams had to pay a $650 million fee to go from St. Louis to Los Angeles, while the Chargers had to pay the same amount to move from San Diego to join the Rams up the California coast.


Former Packers TE Henry dies from leukemia

Mitchell Henry, a former Green Bay Packers Packers tight end, lost a battle with leukemia and passed away on Friday.

Henry, 24, was diagnosed seven months ago and never made an opening-day roster for the Packers but participated in two training camps in Green Bay in 2015 and 2016.

He originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 after playing at Western Kentucky.

“We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Mitchell Henry,” said Ted Thompson, Packers executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations. “During his time with the Packers, he quickly became a beloved member of our family and made a terrific impression on everyone in our organization. We were fortunate to have had him in our lives.

“On behalf of the Packers family, we offer our condolences to Mitchell’s wife, Madison, and his family and friends.”


Police: Packers’ Guion stumbled, slurred speech

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion smelled of alcohol and marijuana, stumbled when he walked and spoke with slurred speech when police pulled him over in a Porsche in Hawaii, according to arrest records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

His blood alcohol level was 0.086 percent about an hour after his early morning June 21 arrest for intoxicated driving in Waikiki, according to a police report.

“‘Please sir, it’s my birthday,’” he told an officer, according to the records. “‘I can have someone else drive.’”

Guion was pulled over while driving a white 2017 Porsche Cayenne because he was drifting between lanes, the report said.

“‘I know I’m drunk,’” he told the officer in the records. “‘I’ve been drinking Hennessy all night. I don’t drink any of that weak stuff, only the hard stuff.’”

He then tossed his wallet to his girlfriend who was riding in the passenger seat and asked if she could bail him out of jail.


Light day ends Packers offseason training program

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Running back Ty Montgomery goes through a ball security drill Thursday during the final day of minicamp for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Mike McCarthy dismissed the group early after successful practices earlier this week.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Green Bay rookie cornerback Daquan Holmes bobbles but completes a catch during a footwork drill on the final day of Packers minicamp Thursday. The team returns for training camp on July 24.

So much was accomplished during the offseason training activities and rookie minicamp that Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy needed to make Thursday’s practice light.

The team was on the field for about 25 minutes Thursday because of the repetitions the players got the past week.

“Friday’s practice and Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices were over the top in quantity and quality,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy brought the team together for a quick talk before lining them up on the field 5 yards apart for a lighthearted egg-catching competition.

“You can only do those things when we all come together and take care of business every day,” said linebacker Jordan Tripp, the day’s winner.

The minicamp was mainly for the younger players. McCarthy last week dismissed the veterans with at least five years of experience. The entire team will be back for training camp at the end of July.


Montgomery an unusual veteran at RB

Ty Montgomery is in the unusual position of being the veteran at running back for the Green Bay Packers.

At this time a year ago, he was listed on the depth chart at receiver. Montgomery started working at running back at the start of last year’s regular season and became the focal point of the backfield after veterans Eddie Lacy and James Starks went down with midseason injuries.

Now, the 24-year-old Montgomery - with 80 carries in two NFL seasons - is the unquestioned leader of the backfield. With Lacy and Starks both gone, Montgomery is joined in the backfield by five rookies - including three draft picks.

“It’s really weird. I don’t even have a full year at the position,” Montgomery said. “I feel like I’m coming off my rookie year. I’m prepared.”


Packers Family Night practice set for Aug. 5

The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday that Packers Family Night will take place Aug. 5.

Now in its 17th year, Family Night serves as the introduction of the 2017 Green Bay Packers to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a statewide audience.

Doors for the event will open at 5:30 p.m., and the team will be introduced on the field at 7:30 p.m.

The format will once again be a full practice, which will include 11-on-11 sessions featuring live contact.

Family Night will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The evening remains family-focused and will feature a gamelike atmosphere with use of the video boards, game day music and a fireworks show at the end of the night.


Rosters released for Jordy Nelson’s charity softball game

Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will be among the Packers stars playing in the 2017 Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game next week.

The game will be played June 3 at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Rodgers, Cobb, Devante Adams and Ty Montgomery will join Nelson on the offense’s team. Clinton-Dix will be joined on the defense by Letroy Guion, Morgan Burnett and Damarious Randall.

The rosters announced Friday could change before the game.

The parking lot opens at 9 a.m., with gates opening an hour later. The annual home run derby is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the main softball game throwing its first pitch at 12:05 p.m.

General admission grass seats are $14. Parking for the event is $10. Tickets may be obtained through the Timber Rattlers ticket office in person, by calling 920-733-4152 and online at


Davon House feels at home back in Green Bay secondary

Davon House left Green Bay for two years, but his loyalties never strayed too far from the Packers.

Now he can dust off all the green-and-gold gear that he kept stowed away while playing in Jacksonville.

House has returned to Green Bay after two seasons with the Jaguars, one of the reinforcements being brought in to buttress the secondary.

“I mean people might look at me like I’m weird, but I kept all my Packers stuff after I left here,” House said. “Rooted for (the Packers) except when we played (them) in Jacksonville. … I felt like I was a still a Packer deep down inside.”

The last time that House was in Green Bay, he was looking up to older players Tramon Williams and Sam Shields. The Packers drafted House in the fourth round in 2011 out of New Mexico State.

Now House is the veteran who hopes to serve as a mentor to a young cornerback group.


Packers open rookie camp with 58 players

Kevin King likes to think of himself as an easygoing guy. Still, the Packers’ top draft pick had to admit that his first official day as an NFL player brought out the nerves.

“I actually forgot it was my birthday,” said the 22-year-old King, a second-round choice out of Washington who was the first of the Packers’ 10 draft picks last weekend. “I was running around the field and one of the guys said, “Hey, Kevin, happy birthday!’ And I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, thank you.’”

King was one of 58 players taking part in the two-day rookie camp that started Friday. That includes 15 undrafted free agents, 24 tryout players and nine players who are either holdovers from last year’s practice squad or are considered first-year players.

The primary goal of the weekend is to get the young players acclimated to the NFL and the draft-and-develop Packers team that will be counting on them to contribute when the season begins Sept. 10 against Seattle.


Packers go defensive in 2nd, 3rd rounds

The Green Bay Packers made shoring up the secondary their first priority in the NFL draft.

They took Washington cornerback Kevin King with the first selection of the second round on Friday to fill a big need on defense. The 6-foot-3 King adds size and speed to a secondary that was burned in the passing game and maligned by injuries.

Later in the second round, Green Bay took Josh Jones, a 6-foot-2 safety out of North Carolina State. They added beef in the third round by taking 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive lineman Montravius Adams out of Auburn.

Once again, the Packers focused on defense early in the draft. Team executives expressed a need to add versatility, height and speed on the back end, three months after getting blown out by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game.

King had a 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds, according to, while Jones was timed at 4.41 seconds.


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