Packers deny contacting players

PFT has gotten some nice play on the ESPN family of networks today, thanks to our Monday night report that the Packers are contacting players and advising them to be ready to show up for a team meeting on Saturday.  Surely fueling the decision to credit our report is the fact that Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee quickly confirmed it as “100 percent” accurate, citing two unnamed team sources in support of his assertion.

But given that the league has yet to give the green light to the Green and Gold (or anyone else for that matter) to contact players, the Packers understandably are now hastily trying to put the Cheez Whiz back in the tube.

And with it comes a minor case of ESPN-on-ESPN-Milwaukee crime.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that an unnamed high-ranking Packers official has “adamantly” denied the alleation that players are being contacted.  (It seems weird that the high-ranking official would be unnamed; maybe he doesn’t want the league office to ask for his cell phone records.  Or maybe he simply doesn’t want to be embarrassed after someone else’s is.)

Either way, we’re not buying the denial, in light of our report and the original ESPN report.

You know, the ESPN Milwaukee report.

35 responses to “Packers deny contacting players

  1. Maybe the Packers aren’t contacting their players, maybe the players just come to PFT for all their inside info.

  2. Maybe the Packers believe there is a difference between “contacting a player” directly and putting out a Tweet, etc. to a general audience that might “happen” to be read by a few players.

  3. clap clap clap, wow great work! (sarcasm) i bet more than half the teams in the league are /were contacting players. not worried about it pay the fine, it’ll be worth it. OR MAYBE THEY SHOULD JUST THE DEAL DONE ALREADY!

  4. Uncle Ted and head coach Fred Flintstone would never admit wrongdoing. Packers don’t cheat… RIGHT?! LMAO!

  5. “maybe he doesn’t want the league office to ask for his cell phone records. Or maybe he simply doesn’t want to be embarrassed after someone else’s is.”

    Who is this guy, Rupert Murdoch?

  6. You and everybody else who follows the NFL knows all the teams are contacting their guys and telling them to be ready.

  7. Yawn.

    So what. Not like their handing out play books. Just arranging a meeting, and a positive sign this damn thing is almost over.

  8. thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 19, 2011 2:03 PM
    Packers are liars
    _________

    Really? Packers are liars, eh?

    Reporter: “Coach Murphy, one last question for you if you please. Can you tell us where Ryan Longwell was today? He didn’t seem to be at practice”

    Coach Murphy: “We were kicking inside,”

    Reporter: “Right, but was Longwell there?”

    Coach Murphy: “He was here. He was around.”

  9. Cute picture of the baby Packer fan being born. When it grows up it will be the same shape, but MUCH, MUCH, bigger.

  10. rugdog100,

    I yawn too…..when the Packers win another Superbowl. Thanks for your insightful comment about Uncle Ted and Fred Flintstone…..we like them just fine.

    And when the Packers are hoisting another Vince Lombardi torphy…what say you then…..”Ted the Vampire and McLardy” comments?

    Keep trying……

  11. The Packers didn’t contact the players, they contacted PFT, who indirectly told players be there this weekend.

    Even IF they (or any other 31 of the teams for the matter) did so what, it looks to be that they are excited to get this show on the road as well.

  12. The story here is…. what?
    Come on there has to be better news out there especially with the CBA almost ratified.
    Green Bay is, and will always be, one of the NFL’s best franchises.

  13. Gee, Jason Wilde get something wrong ????

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    Fact is Wilde, gets things wrong (i.e. makes up stuff) more than anyone would ever believe.

    It’s one of the reasons the Wisconsin State Journal get rid of his a$$. They decided they’d rather pay him to just “go away” than to continue to pay him for his nonsense and bias.

    And believe me, for the State Journal to say that, THAT says something !

  14. I’ve been listening to Wilde for years on 540 ESPN. He wouldn’t report anything unless he could substantiate it. He’s as solid as they come…

    Credit to the Pack for the “leak”, now all the players know when to show.

  15. At: mvp43

    So YOU’RE the listener to Wilde on his radio show !!!!

    “He’s as solid as they come”. Yep, that why the State Journal fired him, and paid him to “go away” !

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I’ve seen the ratings of his show and Homer’s, and they are the lowest rated radio shows in the entire Milwaukee market. Good grief, they’re lower than the Christian music station. Only “Homer” could make sports talk radio sooooooooooo boring.

    But hey, when they speak, they’re speaking to untold dozens !

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  16. “Strip them of their Super Bowl win.

    GO STEELERS!”
    ———————–

    Certainly wouldn’t be the first time the Steelers got a ring based on league officials.

  17. packfaninpackland says:
    Jul 19, 2011 3:40 PM
    At: mvp43

    So YOU’RE the listener to Wilde on his radio show !!!!

    “He’s as solid as they come”. Yep, that why the State Journal fired him, and paid him to “go away” !

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I’ve seen the ratings of his show and Homer’s, and they are the lowest rated radio shows in the entire Milwaukee market. Good grief, they’re lower than the Christian music station. Only “Homer” could make sports talk radio sooooooooooo boring.

    But hey, when they speak, they’re speaking to untold dozens !

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    ————————————–
    Well, I can think of 1250 reasons why you don’t like Wilde or Homer…….. the top 2:

    1. 540 is kicking your a$$
    2. Wilde is a real reporter well respected in the industry.

  18. Not the packers. No, they couldn’t! And even if they did, they are the packers. They cant be touched. They did it. No doubt.

  19. To: mvp43 at 4:02 PM:

    Jason … is that you ???

    Pretty pathetic that you’d have to comment yourself on your own idiotic posts.

    And “Homer” ???? He’s so dreadful to listen to, it’s beyond belief.

    And by the way “540 is kicking your a$$” ??? Huh ??? I actually listen to a show in Milwaukee during his time slot that has, literally, 60 or 70 TIMES the audience your “hero” has !

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  20. The worst radio personalities in the Milwaukee market:

    1.) Steve “The Homer” True
    2.) Drew Olsen
    3.) Jason Wilde
    4.) Doug Russell (formerly of 1250 WSSP)

  21. We’ll know if there was contact if they sign any UFAs within a minute after the CBA is done.

    But, seriously, if anyone thinks there was no contact between teams and players, directly or indirectly, then you’re naive.

    I bring up the whole Ken Dorsey and Chris Weinke working with Cam Newton situation. While I don’t really care, there is NO WAY that the Panthers would allow “outsiders” to work with the # 1 overall pick in familiarizing him with new OC Chudzinski’s playbook (Dorsey is familiar with Chudzinski’s offense) unless there was communication between the Panthers/Chudzinski and Dorsey/Weinke. Since Dorsey/Weinke are not technically in the league and are not agents for or related to Newton, then they could conceivably talk to the Panthers/Chudzinski and relay any information to Newton. That’s called indirect contact (ie a loophole). Certainly feasible.

    Quite frankly, I’m surprised more teams didn’t use this type of loophole to stay in contact with certain players. Why couldn’t the teams “fire” their whole training and medical staff until the lockout was over and rehire them? That way injured players like Peyton Manning could get the medical advice they wanted from the people who take care of them. I know they were in a legal battle with the players, but I’m just trying to give an example on how you could work around the no contact rules.

    Just thinking out loud…

  22. endzonezombie says:
    Jul 19, 2011 1:53 PM
    Pssst…that’s a can of cheesewhiz. It’s toothpaste in the tube.

    =========================
    Dumb dumb:

    Wisconsin is known for cheese, which is why the author used the cheese whiz reference, do you get it now?

  23. @paul

    No, it’s Wisconsin toothpaste. Matches the color of their teeth. It’s called Ultra Yellow.

  24. Did you know that toothpaste was invented in Wisconsin? That is why they don’t call it “teethpaste”.

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