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Source: Packers are telling players to be ready to show up on Saturday

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Though the labor deal still isn’t done and no one knows for sure when and if it will be, the defending world champions are making it known that players should be ready to show up at the team facility on Saturday for a meeting.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Packers are telling players that the doors will open on Friday, and that the team wants the players in town in order to get started on preparations for training camp and the preseason.

This presumes that the remaining issues between the NFL and the NFLPA* will be resolved in time for the players and the owners to separately approve the new agreement.  The fact that the Packers are getting the word out shows how widespread that presumption currently is.

Of course, teams aren’t supposed to be talking to players during the lockout.  For many teams, however, that ship sailed a long, long time ago.

UPDATE:  Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee says via Twitter that the report is “100 percent true,” and that he has confirmed it through two team sources.

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67 Responses to “Source: Packers are telling players to be ready to show up on Saturday”
  1. axespray says: Jul 18, 2011 10:19 PM

    remember that part on that Ring Lords movie….

    Where they light up those piles of wood, then them horse dudes are all like “Prepare for war!” , so they all get their stuff and go.

    idk why, this just reminded me of that.

  2. 23chameleons says: Jul 18, 2011 10:23 PM

    HOW, exactly, are the Packers telling players to be in town ?

    Unless I missed something, there’s still a lockout in place and teams aren’t allowed to communicate with players.

  3. davekiid says: Jul 18, 2011 10:25 PM

    Lock out smock out, teams talk to who they want to talk to, REPEAT!! BABY!! GO PACK GO!!!

  4. mkepackfan says: Jul 18, 2011 10:25 PM

    Per Jason Wilde on Twitter, he’s confirmed this also with two team sources.

    Happy days are here.

  5. MisterDeol says: Jul 18, 2011 10:27 PM

    YES!

  6. sonic5abi says: Jul 18, 2011 10:28 PM

    …………..Saturday July 23, 2012?

  7. reptar24 says: Jul 18, 2011 10:28 PM

    There’s a contractual loop-hole that doesn’t mention the pony express as a means of communication.

  8. raiduhdude says: Jul 18, 2011 10:28 PM

    To quote the great Randall Moss, “there’s something fishy going on here.”

  9. supersuckers3 says: Jul 18, 2011 10:31 PM

    Their agents…sir.

  10. kevinwi says: Jul 18, 2011 10:31 PM

    Sort of goes against the “no contact” policy while in lockout mode, doesn’t it….but the Packers get special treatment.

  11. jimmysee says: Jul 18, 2011 10:31 PM

    23chameleons says:
    Jul 18, 2011 10:23 PM

    HOW, exactly, are the Packers telling players to be in town ?

    ————————————————————-

    Carrier pigeons — this is Green Bay after all.

  12. ptritle says: Jul 18, 2011 10:32 PM

    The Packers must realize this is going to be the year of Eagles and that they better get started ASAP.

  13. mjs2012 says: Jul 18, 2011 10:38 PM

    The repeat starts this weekend.

  14. redskunksmakemesad says: Jul 18, 2011 10:39 PM

    You would never reference a story with out a valid source!?!?!?

  15. phreakin says: Jul 18, 2011 10:39 PM

    I can see them posting a tweet to the effect of…

    “Would be great if we had the players in town on Friday in case the lockout end…HINT HINT”

  16. Spencer says: Jul 18, 2011 10:40 PM

    It’s going to be a long week.

  17. therealmccoy25 says: Jul 18, 2011 10:41 PM

    Hey genius….I think he covered that in the last sentence of the article!

  18. kremis says: Jul 18, 2011 10:42 PM

    Brett Farve said he is on his way…….to Green BAy

  19. imjinbrdgr says: Jul 18, 2011 10:43 PM

    GO PACK GO!!!!!

  20. firethorn1001 says: Jul 18, 2011 10:44 PM

    ‘HOW, exactly, are the Packers telling players to be in town ?’

    Small town. “Hey Mr Smith, tell Aaron he needs to be in town Saturday..” psst.. pass it down.

  21. vikingsinla says: Jul 18, 2011 10:46 PM

    Why aren’t they advising Vikings players to be ready to show up in LA, since that’s where they will be playing next year?

  22. wgbeethree says: Jul 18, 2011 10:48 PM

    @ 23chameleons

    You don’t have to actually tell the players.
    What you do is “leak” a story to pro football talk that you’re telling the players to be in on saturday, they report it, and your players know to be in on saturday.

  23. andyreidisfat says: Jul 18, 2011 10:54 PM

    Good, Packers get ready and prepared. Stay healthy and be ready for a rematch in the playoffs only this time you lose to my birds.

    I am so excited for this season. The Pack is going to be the favorites with the Eagles, Bucs, Saints, and Falcons right behind them. The cowboys and Giants could both bounce back this year and the Bears could improve on last year. Also the Lions, Rams and AZ (if they get a QB) will all be looking to get better.

    The NFC is going to have a lot of really talented teams. It will be a lot of fun watching how it all shakes out. I am still predicting it wil be the Eagles and the Packers in the end and right now i would take the Packers but if the Eagles make some big moves in free agency and trades then that could change. Do the right thing Reid, get us the players to get past those Packers !

  24. realitypolice says: Jul 18, 2011 10:56 PM

    23chameleons says:
    Jul 18, 2011 10:23 PM
    HOW, exactly, are the Packers telling players to be in town ?

    Unless I missed something, there’s still a lockout in place and teams aren’t allowed to communicate with players.
    =========================

    Why does this post have 47 thumbs down? It is a completely legitimate point.

    This article proves what a joke all the fake drama surrounding this lock out has been.

    The teams have been communicating with the players and their agents all along,

  25. tjacks7 says: Jul 18, 2011 10:56 PM

    explains how they “won” the superbowl last year.. cheaters.

  26. goldeelox says: Jul 18, 2011 11:01 PM

    Via the Bovine Express.

  27. trbowman says: Jul 18, 2011 11:05 PM

    “You don’t have to actually tell the players.
    What you do is “leak” a story to pro football talk that you’re telling the players to be in on saturday, they report it, and your players know to be in on saturday.”

    Yeah, and then players call each other to make sure everyone knows. Agents will be making calls, too.

  28. skoobyfl says: Jul 18, 2011 11:07 PM

    Don’t tell anyone about your job, just show up Saturday.

  29. fballguy says: Jul 18, 2011 11:09 PM

    That’s what I’m talking about!

  30. clawledge says: Jul 18, 2011 11:12 PM

    Now is the time! NOW IS THE TIME!!!

  31. pigeonpea says: Jul 18, 2011 11:13 PM

    Awesome to hear!

  32. shieldsisland37 says: Jul 18, 2011 11:15 PM

    I knew the Packers brass would be talking to the players this whole time. I mean they dont care about this lockout. Im sure a trainer has been working on Drivers ankle this whole time as well. Hell, that goes for the whole darn league. These guys are all friends, like they are really not going to talk to each other.

  33. 23chameleons says: Jul 18, 2011 11:17 PM

    wow, you guys are a little uptight. sheesh …

    the 2nd paragraph specifically says the Packers are telling players. not sending carrier pigeons (like that one), not whispers down the alley, not telling agents … but telling players. no where in the article does it say anything about possible violations / fines / the holy acts of Roger Godell …. just says they aren’t supposed to be doing that. was just looking for clarification on HOW they were conveying that news, that perhaps I DID miss something. clearly …. I did not.

  34. bjtmeyer says: Jul 18, 2011 11:21 PM

    This lockout isn’t over until the fat lady sings.

  35. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 18, 2011 11:26 PM

    The only question is: what day is it really? It is Wisconsin and everybody is drunk off their fat dumb butts. It is probably for Wednesday, but Wisconsin is so dumb they don’t know what day it is today without football. That Thursday opener is really going to throw them off by 3 days.

  36. rugdog100 says: Jul 18, 2011 11:45 PM

    So how will the Packer organization be disciplined for breaking league rules by being in contact with players? Typical Packer cheating. Oh, but it’s no big deal for THEM to break the rules. It’s probably Uncle Ted and head coach Fred Flintstone doing it.

  37. superdanlp says: Jul 18, 2011 11:57 PM

    HELL YES

  38. emperorzero says: Jul 19, 2011 12:03 AM

    “greatminnesotasportsmind”….I love a good oxymoron.

  39. bronco1st says: Jul 19, 2011 12:19 AM

    Maybe they rented some billboards around town addressed “To who it may concern”…

  40. jlanger21 says: Jul 19, 2011 12:33 AM

    Technically the Packers don’t have an owner so they shouldn’t have to abide by these dumb lockout rules anyway!

  41. Deb says: Jul 19, 2011 12:37 AM

    Please tell me the Steelers are sending word to players to be at Heinz Field Saturday … and that the team will be supplying muzzles. The only sounds I want them making from now on are snap counts.

    Oh crap … isn’t Roethlisberger getting married Saturday?!? Why would an NFL player plan a wedding for the end of July? Good grief!!!

  42. greenbay4ever says: Jul 19, 2011 12:45 AM

    The previous post was the lamest post I have seend in a while. We knew what day the Suoerbowl was as I am sure your team did…while they were watching it at home.

  43. dylanmusicfane says: Jul 19, 2011 12:47 AM

    fear the Pack. we did it last year injured severely and with no viable running back. urlacher will be crying once he realizes his team is crap.

  44. tedknight40 says: Jul 19, 2011 1:17 AM

    I thought teams could not contact their players?

  45. nola4eva says: Jul 19, 2011 1:18 AM

    Get this deal done!..Let’s go!

    So does this mean that the Packers are CERTAIN everyone will be back at work Saturday??? Sounds like somebody knows something the rest of us doesn’t yet. It’s been a LONG and BORING summer without any OTA’s, Free Angency news, or football whatsoever…I’m even going to watch ALL the Preseason games..that’s how much I MISS FOOTBALL!

  46. fless43 says: Jul 19, 2011 1:19 AM

    Greatminnesotasportsmind – You can’t be serious. You’re really going to call Wisconsinites stupid? You come from the state that puts a tent of a roof on a football stadium, yet build your baseball stadium on the cheap so a good chunk of April games are delayed/cancelled.

    You’re from the state that elects a professional wrestler for Governor, and a Saturday Night Live comedian to the Senate. Your state government is SHUT DOWN!! Don’t let me even mention that Michele Bachmann is also from your state.

    Your football team has to pipe crowd noise into speakers during football games. Your football fans had to have 2 blackout extensions in order to sell out a PLAYOFF game a couple of years ago.

    You’re insulting the intelligence of Wisconsin people? I hope you have a pot because I have a kettle that would love to meet it. If you represent a “great mind” from your state, I’d hate to hear the lesser-intelligent from your state speak.

  47. laeaglefan says: Jul 19, 2011 1:25 AM

    How are the Packers telling their players to show up on Saturday if they’re not supposed to be communicating with them? Its simple. The same way that free agents will be signed 5 minutes after the free agency period starts

  48. favreblows says: Jul 19, 2011 1:36 AM

    @greatminnesotasportsmind

    You claim they are dumb……and don’t know what day it is. BUT……I’m pretty sure they do know that there team is world champions………..AGAIN.

    Aren’t you ashamed to be a fan of a team that has NEVER won it all?

    The Queens are the Cubs of the NFL……..except instead of being loveable…….they prefer sex boats and Whizzinators.

  49. contra74 says: Jul 19, 2011 2:25 AM

    vikingsinla says:
    Jul 18, 2011 10:46 PM
    Why aren’t they advising Vikings players to be ready to show up in LA, since that’s where they will be playing next year?
    ——
    this article had nothing to do with the Vikings yet you manage to be THAT guy who gives the Packer faithful a bad name. No amount of championships will ever cure that inferiority complex huh? Hilarious really and sad at the same time. Too bad not every one will refrain from being THAT guy.

  50. wigwam101 says: Jul 19, 2011 2:47 AM

    greatminnesotasportsmind:

    Why don’t you go polish that Super Bowl Trophy your Vikings won when Brett Favre was your QB. Oh, wait, you didn’t win the Super Bowl that year. Or any other year, for that matter.

    No wonder you’re bitter.

  51. reapster says: Jul 19, 2011 3:27 AM

    “I definitely haven’t been contacted about anything in gb this weekend, for the record” -Aaron Rodgers via twitter this evening.

    So that should be mentioned somewhere.

  52. zapuda says: Jul 19, 2011 4:49 AM

    Aaron Rodgers tweeted he hasn’t been told anything.

  53. txhc says: Jul 19, 2011 6:16 AM

    “ptritle says:
    Jul 18, 2011 10:32 PM
    The Packers must realize this is going to be the year of Eagles and that they better get started ASAP.”

    ROFL!!! ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. ejmat2 says: Jul 19, 2011 7:28 AM

    So the packers are allowed to talk to their players? Hmm. I guess it wasn’t enough they allowed them to get together for their private championship celebration. Just because they won the superbowl doesn’t mean they shold get special treatment from the NFL. A lockout is a lockout and the rules of the lockout state teams shall not be talking with players.

  55. snoop24 says: Jul 19, 2011 7:38 AM

    It was easy to get the word out. Since everyone was at the same bar. Also they need to be first back so they can make sure that people remember who won the Subpar Bowl last year since nobody remembers there was even a season.

    Hard to repeat something that never happened!

  56. calloustongue says: Jul 19, 2011 7:53 AM

    The only question is: Why is greatminnesotasportmind such an oxymoron? How about talking about football and not acting like a jerk? Must be hard when your a fan of such pathetic franchises.

    SKOL VIKINGS! LAST PLACE!!! GO PACK GO!!

  57. edsbay says: Jul 19, 2011 8:13 AM

    The Road to the Super Bowl starts Saturday in Green Bay!

    GO PACK GO!

  58. stanklepoot says: Jul 19, 2011 8:46 AM

    edsbay says: Jul 19, 2011 8:13 AM

    The Road to the Super Bowl starts Saturday in Green Bay!

    GO PACK GO!
    __________________________
    The road to the SB starts wherever the eventual SB champ plays their first game. We haven’t even played the first preseason game yet. A bit too early to be predicting back to back championships. Packers finished great last year and won a championship, but it’s not like they dominated the league to the point that it seems no one can challenge them. Unless they fix that problem with letting teams get back in games later on, it will be an especially tough road for them to win it all again this year.

  59. deadmanwalking47 says: Jul 19, 2011 9:02 AM

    if the league has told them they can’t talk to players yet,how do they know when to report?

  60. fartography says: Jul 19, 2011 10:38 AM

    I’m a Lions fan but I’ll say GO PACK because I like Aaron Rodgers.

  61. rudedog36 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:43 AM

    The owners can still talk to agents…HELLO!

  62. Deb says: Jul 19, 2011 10:50 AM

    How did the Packers get word to their players? Maybe they put out a rumor so the press would pick it up and the players would hear it.

  63. kopy says: Jul 19, 2011 11:35 AM

    If owners can’t talk to players, does that mean that no resident of Green Bay or shareholder of the team can communicate with them? Tough times.

  64. masterstickboy says: Jul 19, 2011 2:51 PM

    well.. the “owners” of the Packers are, the fans. (only publicly owned team) so are they going to try and “fine” the public .. but anyway.

    Go Pack Go, Repeat, then will follow it up with a Threepeat.

  65. packerbacker12 says: Jul 19, 2011 5:55 PM

    “So the packers are allowed to talk to their players? Hmm. I guess it wasn’t enough they allowed them to get together for their private championship celebration. Just because they won the superbowl doesn’t mean they shold get special treatment from the NFL. A lockout is a lockout and the rules of the lockout state teams shall not be talking with players.”

    Haha moron.

  66. paulharghis says: Jul 19, 2011 6:32 PM

    masterstickboy says:
    Jul 19, 2011 2:51 PM
    well.. the “owners” of the Packers are, the fans. (only publicly owned team) so are they going to try and “fine” the public .. but anyway.

    ========================
    Um, no you’re not. How much of a return do you get on that “stock” there wonder boy? nothing much, see below.

    I am a Green Bay Packers shareholder, one of 112,120 people who can make that claim. Shares of stock include voting rights, but the redemption price is minimal, no dividends are ever paid, the stock cannot appreciate in value, and there are no season-ticket privileges associated with stock ownership (damn!). While my rights as a stockholder are very limited, I do have a vote in the election of the Board of Directors.

    As a means of running the corporation, a board of directors is elected by the stockholders. The board of directors in turn elect a seven-member Executive Committee (officers) of the corporation, consisting of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and three members-at-large. The president is the only officer who receives compensation. The balance of the committee is sitting gratis.

    Shares of stock cannot be resold, except back to the team for a fraction of the original price. Limited transfer of shares (ie., to heirs and relatives) is permissible.

    So, in essence, you get to vote on predetermined candidates, wow!

    You do not “own” part of the team. You own a worthless piece of paper.

    In actuality, the Packers are in violation of league rules as they stand now. Each team is supposed to have a majority owner with at least 30% ownership.

    One of the many “perks” this franchise is allowed because they were there 1st. Of course, if they didn’t allow this set-up, this team would have been long gone a long time ago.

  67. houndog50 says: Jul 19, 2011 9:08 PM

    ptritle says: Jul 18, 2011 10:32 PM

    The Packers must realize this is going to be the year of Eagles and that they better get started ASAP.
    ——————————————————
    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa, isn’t that what Dick Vermeil said like 30 something years ago? Eagles, 2011, 9 and 7! At Best!

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