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Packers Apply To Host NFL Draft

Jul 22, 2016 8:19 AM

The Green Bay Packers have applied to host the NFL draft.

Mark Murphy said that the club has applied to host the event in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

"We think it'd be great for the league to have the draft here and celebrate the smallest market in the NFL," Murphy said.

The draft was held in Chicago for the second consecutive year this spring. The NFL has yet to announce any sites for future drafts. Other cities that have expressed interest in hosting the draft include Atlanta, Chicago, Canton, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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NFL To Interview Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers Over PED Allegations

Jul 22, 2016 8:08 AM

The Green Bay Packers have confirmed that the NFL will interview Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, who were named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.

The interviews are expected to take place in Green Bay when training camp opens next week.

"The league is pursuing that," president Mark Murphy said. "I know there's been some resistance from the NFLPA about the credibility of some of the sources there, but I don't think we know much more than that."

Matthews and Peppers have denied the assertions of the Al-Jazeera report.

The initial report came out last December and linked several NFL players, including Peyton Manning, to HGH and other drugs.

"I think it's bulls---, to be completely honest with you," Matthews said back in December. "It's 100 percent falsified, fabricated information. I don't who this guy is. I couldn't tell you what he looks like. I've never talked with him. I've never communicated with him. So for him to bring my name up like that, which appears to be out of thin air, it's bulls---, for a lack of a better term.

"I work hard on my reputation, and really that's all I have," Matthews added. "For seven years, I've worked my ass off. For this guy to say those type of things, it's just not true, and especially for him to recant everything that he said, too, I think it really just goes to show the [type of] source he is, as well. The truth will come out, and I'm not worried about it, because I carry myself a certain way, and that is the right way."

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Jordy Nelson Ahead Of Curve In Knee Rehabilitation

Jul 21, 2016 1:45 PM

Jordy Nelson appears to be ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL suffered 11 months ago.

Luke Getsy, the receiver's coach for the Green Bay Packers, expressed no doubt in late May when asked if Nelson could be a great player again.

"I'd be a fool to say that the way that guy attacks everything," Getsy said. "He's a guy that sees a barrier and knocks it down. Anybody would be a fool to say they wouldn't expect this guy to come back and be who everyone expects him to be."

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Aaron Rodgers Hopes To Play Entire Career With Packers

Jul 14, 2016 7:26 AM

Aaron Rodgers said on HBO's "Any Given Wednesday" with Bill Simmons that he values loyalty and hopes to play his entire career with the Green Bay Packers.

In a discussion about Kevin Durant joining the NBA's Golden State Warriors and superteams in sports, Rodgers said he respects "guys who go one way, stay with the same team" and said he hopes to be one of them.

"Two of my favorite players from my sports watching growing up, they recently retired," Rodgers told Simmons. "One was Derek Jeter with the Yankees and the other was Kobe Bryant. And then Tim Duncan just retired [this week] and that's a great example too.

"Their legacy, I think it's made in those later years. Derek is one of the best shortstops ever and one of the best Yankees ever. Kobe is one of the greatest Lakers ever. Tim is one of the best power forwards ever and he won all those championships [in one place].

"They stayed with the same team. They stuck it out. I think there's a lot to be said about kind of finishing your legacy with one team. I hope I'm lucky enough to be able to do that."

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Mark Murphy: 17-Game Season Could Facilitate More International Play

Jun 30, 2016 8:29 AM

When asked about playing more games overseas, Mark Murphy says that a 17-game regular season could facilitate more international play in the future.

The Green Bay Packers CEO says that such an expansion would have each team play eight games at home, eight on the road and one outside the United States.

"As you look ahead, if we're going to have more and more international games, something's got to give at some point," Murphy said. "One thought that's been discussed is to go to 17 [regular-season games] and three [preseason] and then everybody would have an international game. So nobody would have to give up a home game then."

NFL players have largely opposed the possibility of making the regular season longer, and the owners can’t expand the regular season without the approval of the NFL Players Association.

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Packers Report Franchise-Record $48.9M Profit

Jun 25, 2016 8:06 AM

The Green Bay Packers finished the 2015 fiscal year with a franchise-record $48.9 million profit, including $222.6 million in national revenue.

"Obviously, the continued [on-field] success -- the consistent success -- has been helpful for us, as well as the popularity of not only the Packers but the league over the long period of time," team president and CEO Mark Murphy said.

All 32 teams saw a significant spike in their shared national revenues a year ago, when the league's lucrative new television contracts kicked in.

The Packers finished the 2014 fiscal year with $29.2 million in profit.

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NFL To Interview Players Mentioned In Al Jazeera PED Film

Jun 24, 2016 5:14 PM

Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews and James Harrison will be interviewed by the NFL after they were named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, according to a letter obtained by ESPN.

Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, wrote that the league will meet with the three players at the start of training camp. The Packers open camp July 26, and the Steelers begin training camp July 29.

The NFL wrote that it has attempted since early April to schedule interviews with the players, saying delays by the NFL Players Association have "obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation." The league said it first notified the players about the investigation in January.

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Mike McCarthy Has 'Zero Issue' Going For Two More Often

Jun 16, 2016 8:06 AM

Mike McCarthy has dropped several hints that the Green Bay Packers might elect to go for two as opposed to kick an extra point more often this season.

"Just because of the way we're built ... and the volume of [offensive plays] which you would need to go the entire course of the year, I'm comfortable that we could attain that very easily," McCarthy told ESPN. "But I think you have to look at the whole picture, too."

The topic has come to the forefront because Ben Roethlisberger said earlier this week that he'd like the Pittsburgh Steelers to go for two after every touchdown.

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Mock Draft Alerted Packers To Possible Aaron Rodgers Slide In 2005

Jun 8, 2016 5:02 PM

The San Francisco 49ers chose between Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

John Schneider was a personnel analyst with the Green Bay Packers at the time and they thought there was no chance of Rodgers being available with the 24th overall pick until they saw a mock draft suggest he could unexpectedly slide.

"I think it was the Thursday before the draft started, Ted and I were sitting there watching film and we had a TV on and Mike Mayock was going through a mock draft. And he had Aaron -- because it was like if you got past 12 or 14, right in there, all those teams in there had quarterbacks.

"So we looked at each other like, 'That could happen."

"We literally went and pulled all the [Rodgers] tape we possibly could and sat there and went through it again. Because sometimes when you're picking [later in the round] you don't spend as much time with those players that you expect to be gone.

"So we had to review everything, go back through his character. And once [San Francisco] took Alex and [Rodgers] started falling, that's when I was on the horn with Scot [McLoughlan] and Mike McCarthy because of those guys had spent so much time with both of them.

"After we picked him, everybody was really excited and [Packers President] Bob Harlan came up to me and said, 'This guy's going to be a good player, right John?'

"I was like, "Yeah, Bob! He's going to be a great player.'"

"And his first minicamp was something to behold, man. He was unbelievable in his first camp."

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Aaron Rodgers Eliminates Diary Products From Diet

Jun 7, 2016 7:40 AM

Aaron Rodgers has decided to eliminate diary products from his diet.

Rodgers, who had knee surgery in January, has followed "more of a vegan diet with some red meat at times and some chicken." The Green Bay Packers quarterback said he has tried to stick more to fruits and vegetables -- "mostly vegetables," he said.

"I just wanted to get healthier," the 32-year-old said. "I've done a lot of research and talked with Adam Korzun, our [team] nutritionist, and some other friends around the league about how I can extend my career and how I can be and feel healthier."

Rodgers said he's at his lowest weight -- "218-ish" pounds -- since 2007.

"I came in at 216.9, and I'm as light as I've been since that year," Rodgers said. "I would like play between 218 and 220. I think that's how I can extend my career if I can eat a little bit better. Because it carries over not just in the offseason, but what you're eating the night before the game and what you're eating in the morning and the afternoon -- if it's a night game -- just how that it affects your performance."

At his heaviest weight, Rodgers said he was around 230 pounds.

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Clay Matthews Moving Back To Natural Position In 2016
Clay Matthews moved to the inside last season for the Packers.

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Eddie Lacy: I Think I Look Good
Eddie Lacy's listed weight is 234 pounds but he appeared to play in the 260 range in 2015.

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Eddie Lacy Has Lost 15-18 Pounds With P90X Founder Tony Horton
Eddie Lacy's weight loss has impressed his Packers' teammates.

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Packers Sign Jared Cook To One-Year, $3.6M Deal
Jared had 142 receptions for 1,786 yards and eight touchdowns at tight end over the past three seasons for the Rams.

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James Starks Re-Signs With Packers On Two-Year, $6M Deal
James Starks rushed for 601 yards last season as Eddie Lacy had a disappointing season.

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B.J. Raji Taking Hiatus From Football
B.J. Raji released a statement Monday, referring to his decision as "a hiatus" and saying that he "cannot rule out a return to the NFL in the future."

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Eddie Lacy May Train With P90X Founder
Tony Horton volunteered to personally train Eddie Lacy.

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Mike McCarthy Frustrated With Ted Thompson Not Signing Free Agents
The Packers have consistently relied heavily on the draft, but the first five selections in 2015 offered no help this season.

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McCarthy: Eddie Lacy Can't Play Next Season At His 2015 Weight
Mike McCarthy was clear that Eddie Lacy needs to return next season in better shape.

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Cardinals-Packers Has Highest Ever Saturday Night Divisional Rating
The 33.7 million viewers were up 9 percent from last year's Panthers-Seahawks matchup.

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2015 Divisional Round Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team as the second round begins.

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Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings
The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Mike Daniels Signs Four-Year, $42M Extension With Packers
Mike Daniels is playing the run better than any 3-4 defensive end in the NFL, with only J.J. Watt coming close.

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Eddie Lacy Disciplined In Week 13 For Missing Curfew
Eddie Lacy didn't appear in the game until the final seconds of the first quarter and didn't touch the ball after he lost three yards on a pass in the second quarter.

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Aaron Rodgers Lost Feeling In 'Couple Of Fingers'
Aaron Rodgers had to use his right hand on all hand-offs.

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James Jones: Hoodie Under Uniform Is Just Cali Swag To Keep Me Warm
James Jones wore a green hoodie under his uniform for Sunday's game at the Vikings.

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