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The Packers aren’t going away anytime soon

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The young core of the Green Bay Packers is not going away.

Jordy Nelson was the latest Packers draft pick to agree to a new contract extension on Monday, and it’s yet another team-friendly deal. John Clayton of ESPN.com reports it’s a three-year, $13.35 million extension through 2014.   $5 million is guaranteed and the total value can reach $15 million.

The Packers also signed guard Josh Sitton to an extension earlier this season.  Like Sitton’s contract, this is a win-win move.

Nelson gets a big pay bump and he gets the potential to hit free agency again while he’s still in his prime.  The Packers get an improving young receiver at something less than full market value.

(Then again, perhaps Nelson wouldn’t make a killing if teams saw him as a “system guy” boosted by Aaron Rodgers. We think that would be selling him short. Nelson has 292 yards and three scores in four games this year.)

We know the NFL is inherently unpredictable, but smart organizations with elite quarterbacks like the Patriots and Colts found ways to win very consistently for a decade.

The Packers should do the same while Rodgers is around.

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50 Responses to “The Packers aren’t going away anytime soon”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:23 AM

    A white WR getting paid? WOW!!!

  2. jimmysee says: Oct 3, 2011 10:23 AM

    This is great news — next on the list has to be Jermichael Finley.

  3. cakemixa says: Oct 3, 2011 10:25 AM

    The defending SB champs are 4-0 and dominating?

    I wouldn’t know, what with all the coverage of Vick’s hand, Vick’s head, Vick’s finger, Vick’s non-calls, hourly updates on Vick, Romo’s ribs, Romo’s leadership, Romo’s heroic comebacks, Romo the legend, Romo the hero, Romo the choke artist, etc.

  4. Cheesehead Ken says: Oct 3, 2011 10:31 AM

    Now let’s just get Scott Wells (center) locked up and then get J-Mike signed to a deal or franchised.

  5. johnnyb216 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:32 AM

    Superbowl!

  6. calloustongue says: Oct 3, 2011 10:33 AM

    Well deserved. He is clearly the #2 WR behind Jennings. TT’s building of this team has been nothing short of amazing. Locking up all the core players to cap friendly deals while they are in their prime.

    Good to be a Cheesehead!

    Next up: Scott Wells and Finley!

  7. medtxpack says: Oct 3, 2011 10:35 AM

    Pack is BACK!

  8. skins716 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:35 AM

    best damn team in the NFL right now, no question. wonder if a perfect season is in the mix for this team. they sure have the talent to do it, but defense is a little bit of a concern.

  9. mjs2012 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:40 AM

    They also have the ability to Franchise Tag Finley in the off-season if they are unable to work out an extension this season. With Finley being a TE, his base salary would only be 7 million if the Pack choose to tag him.

    What a great time to be a Packers fan. They should contend for at least the next 7-8 years.

  10. Peter Venkman says: Oct 3, 2011 10:41 AM

    Cue the inevitable hater comment from stairwayto7, from his mom’s basement of course

  11. waxedagain says: Oct 3, 2011 10:42 AM

    “…but smart organizations with elite quarterbacks like the Patriots and Colts…”

    We have found that although Peyton Manning is an elite QB, the Colts are not a very smart organization.

  12. ajknox88 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:43 AM

    I’m proud that my Lion’s are in the NFC North. The Packers are a great team and I don’t look forward to the Lion’s playing them, but hopefully it’ll be a good game.

  13. scudbot says: Oct 3, 2011 10:43 AM

    Ted turns 20% of the team over every year. And said goodbye to 7 starters from last year and replaced them with untested UDAs and rookies. Since he just doesn’t sign open market FAs (with a couple exceptions), that’s a riskier strategy than the Colts and Pats have used. But when it works it’s awesome. The Packers 53 man roster now has 40 home grown players on it.

  14. nflfollower says: Oct 3, 2011 10:49 AM

    That’s true, they don’t play Detroit until thanksgiving. So yes, it will be a little while yet.

  15. scudbot says: Oct 3, 2011 11:03 AM

    nflfollower, low class threatening trash talk that’s meant to intimidate doesn’t equate to wins. And please tell Suh to shut his yapper. He almost blew your miraculous “comeback” that was gifted to you by Romo yesterday.

  16. bmue42 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:06 AM

    WINNING!!

  17. gustavejfrerotte says: Oct 3, 2011 11:08 AM

    Lock-up Wells, franchise Finley and make him earn that huge future contract (16 games would be a nice start).

    Another good draft and coach these young guys up.

    Should be solid to spectacular for another 7-10 years.

    All that being said, this team goes as far as AR’s health takes them.

  18. scytherius says: Oct 3, 2011 11:10 AM

    Amazing what a team can do without the preenings of terrible owners like Snyder, Johnson, Davis, etc.

    Stay out of the way and let real football people run your operation. Or think that you are actually smart because you are rich.

    I’ve learned in my long life that wealth has pretty much nothing to do with intellect and ability.

  19. scytherius says: Oct 3, 2011 11:11 AM

    @ajknox88

    Oh yeah. This Packer fan is proud of your Lions too!!!!!! REALLY glad to see them at the top. =)

  20. schmitty2 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:12 AM

    Being a Ram’s fan and going to the game in Lambeau in 2 weeks this game will be downright embarrassing the way we have been playing. Maybe the Pack fans will have pity and buy me a few beers

  21. slammincamnewton says: Oct 3, 2011 11:19 AM

    THANKSGIVING DAY HAS A PURPOSE!!!

    On another note, hey Steeler Nation, how’s life? Oh you suck and are destined for six wins? The Packers exposed you for who you are in front of the entire world. Now we know. Go start your own football league or just buy the UFL. You and Omaha would make great rivals.

  22. lacharger2112 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:21 AM

    So those player only workouts during the lockout sure separated the good teams from the bad! Shows what a joke those picnics really were.

  23. pigskinswag says: Oct 3, 2011 11:30 AM

    The Packers are better than they were last year in all three phases of the game. Look for them to be playing football in February.

  24. blaz0037 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:43 AM

    The Packers clearly look like the best team in the league right now, but perfect season? superbowl?

    Lets not get carried away. That offense won’t be as electric when it is -20 degrees in Lambeau. If the D can’t get it figured out, they run the risk of being exposed in the playoffs.

  25. stellarperformance says: Oct 3, 2011 11:44 AM

    Jordy was a find. He has great hands and runs great routes. And his footspeed cannot be underestimated either. He was an outstanding track and field athlete in High School, winning the 100 (10.63), 200 (21.64), 400 (48.79) and long jump (22-09.50) titles his senior year in Class 3A. He aslo ran a respectable 4.47 at the NFL Combine. The Packers just wrapped up a keeper for a few years.

  26. stellarperformance says: Oct 3, 2011 11:47 AM

    pigskinswag says:
    Oct 3, 2011 11:30 AM
    The Packers are better than they were last year in all three phases of the game. Look for them to be playing football in February.
    ———————————————–

    The Packers know how to win and they have great team chemistry. I too expect them to be in contention in February. However, I don’t think their secondary is as good as last year, and their linebackers haven’t really jelled yet. They still make a lot of mistakes. The first teams that figure out how to stop Rodgers could pick up a few wins here and there.

  27. dellied says: Oct 3, 2011 11:50 AM

    The way these contracts are shaping up, I don’t think the Packers can afford to lock in Finley long term, at least this year. We definitely have to re-sign Scott Wells because he’s more essential than Finley (Finley is a luxury, unfortunately).

    I’m betting they franchise tag him so that they can work something out next year with that year’s cap space.

  28. packattack1967 says: Oct 3, 2011 11:50 AM

    This bunch is going to make Brett Favre about as relevant in Packer fans minds as Lynn Dickey is today.

  29. cwmorga says: Oct 3, 2011 11:57 AM

    @pigskinswag says:
    Oct 3, 2011 11:30 AM
    The Packers are better than they were last year in all three phases of the game.

    ———

    No they’re not. The offense looks great but the defense is currently #28 in the league and they’ve allowed 1 punt return for a score and would’ve given up another special teams score in CHI if not for a blown call.

    Green Bay is a very good team but let’s not go overboard based on a dominating win against a bad Broncos team.

  30. minnesconsin says: Oct 3, 2011 11:59 AM

    Excited about this Packers team and the potential for great things. Having a heck of a time wrapping my head around the Lions as contenders, but I’m coming around. For my entire life we’ve looked at the schedule and assumed 2 wins against Detroit, and old habits die hard.

    That said, I still think Detroit could be in for a wakeup call. They’re relying too heavily on late game comebacks from large deficits against mediocre teams. They shouldn’t count on that against Green Bay’s defense, allowing just ten 2nd half pts per game. If the Lions are down 20-0 at half to the Pack, or trail 27-3 in the 3rd, there will be no comebacks. Rodgers doesn’t hand out pick-6’s like candy (ahem, Romo).

  31. kingokra says: Oct 3, 2011 12:02 PM

    I guess there’s no need to play the games since the Packers are “unbeatable”. I’m pretty sure the season is 16 games long, not four. I used to root for the Packers, but now I find them and their fans sickening. How many yards a game is that “awesome” defense giving up? Perfect season? Yeah, right, keep dreaming.

  32. jasku880 says: Oct 3, 2011 12:06 PM

    and the 49ers are kicking themselves for drafting alex smith.

  33. jimmysee says: Oct 3, 2011 12:11 PM

    I totally agree the secondary and linebacks (and special teams coverage units) play needs to improve.

    But at 4-0 — looks like when they improve — and that means the team will get only that much better.

    Green Bay has such great depth that two top-line starters — right tackle Brian Bulaga (right tackle) and Ryan Grant — had the luxury of sitting out yesterday — not being rushed back into service with injuries — and the team did not miss a beat.

    The game next week in Atlanta, after the play-offs wipe-out, should be great!

    Packers can’t take anything for granted — must bring A-game every week.

    So far so good.

  34. acdc84 says: Oct 3, 2011 12:24 PM

    Not a bad time to be a Packer fan!

    Or a Wisconsin sports fan in general.

  35. beedubyatoo says: Oct 3, 2011 12:27 PM

    “Lets not get carried away. That offense won’t be as electric when it is -20 degrees in Lambeau. If the D can’t get it figured out, they run the risk of being exposed in the playoffs.”

    blszoo37: Before you mess the board with non-factual speculation, you might want to look up and find out what the Packers’ tecord is from mid-November to the seasons’ end for the past 10 years. Winningest team in the NFL iver that time period. Would it be too obvious to point out that the opponents have to play in Lambeau, also?

    So is the 37 yoour football IQ?

  36. qoojo says: Oct 3, 2011 12:28 PM

    But have you watched that defense? Their offense is great, and if it keeps up, could be ranked with any offense in the past. But that defense needs to get its head out of its ***. I know they got some gifts from Orton like an underthrown td pass, but Orton also embarrassed their coverage as well.

    The problem is that they have on pass rusher, Clay Matthews. That’s it. They rarely get home on blitzes this year. When the blitz does show some promise, then coverage is poor. That whole defense should be embarrassed at this point.

  37. axespray says: Oct 3, 2011 12:48 PM

    cwmorga says:Oct 3, 2011 11:57 AM
    “Green Bay is a very good team but let’s not go overboard based on a dominating win against a bad Broncos team.”

    yet we should all be hyped about the lions squeeking by the vikings and cowboys?

  38. rodgerthat says: Oct 3, 2011 12:52 PM

    ajknox88 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 10:43 AM
    I’m proud that my Lion’s are in the NFC North. The Packers are a great team and I don’t look forward to the Lion’s playing them, but hopefully it’ll be a good game.
    ——————————————
    That is gearing up to possibly be the best game of the year. If both teams keep playing as well as they are, that is going to be crazy!

  39. edsbay says: Oct 3, 2011 12:53 PM

    Jermichael is in his contract year and I would expect he will not get what he wants from the Pack. See ya buddy!

    GO PACK GO!

  40. edsbay says: Oct 3, 2011 12:54 PM

    Brewers win
    Badgers win
    Packers Win

    Call it the Sconnie Trifecta!

  41. shaggytoodle says: Oct 3, 2011 1:17 PM

    axespray says:
    Oct 3, 2011 12:48 PM

    yet we should all be hyped about the lions squeeking by the vikings and cowboys?
    ________________________________

    The Lions DID dominate the Chiefs this year.

    TT another move that seems fair for both sides. TT is very good at his job all around, but he is one of the best when it comes to getting recieving talent Jennings, Jones, Jordy, J-Fin. It won’t be a surprise when you can add Cobb to that list in 2 or 3 years.

  42. rcunningham says: Oct 3, 2011 1:24 PM

    I hate being a Vikings fan.

    Kudos to Green Bay for having the right people making the right calls. Maybe someday the Vikes will get there.

  43. chris6523 says: Oct 3, 2011 1:45 PM

    Worried about the defense. Offense might have to score 35+ every game to win. A Green Bay/New England Super Bowl would have an over under of about 78.

  44. packerfan1000 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:20 PM

    Go Packers!

    Go Brewers!

    Go Badgers!

    …And the Bucks didn’t lose this weekend either!!!

  45. stavreafavre says: Oct 3, 2011 4:25 PM

    Somewhere stairwaytoa7winseason cries bitterly while gnawing on a terrible towel…

  46. dwhitehurst says: Oct 3, 2011 7:27 PM

    Both Rodgers and the Packers offense as whole is better than last year’s. The passing offense is perhaps the best they’ve ever had. Nevertheless, their pass defense currently looks pitiful, and unless it gets better/until it gets healthier, then I’m not betting on them to make the Super Bowl again this year. But there still is plenty of season left so we’ll see where they’re at come playoff time.

  47. 6ball says: Oct 3, 2011 11:29 PM

    .

    With Ted Thompson as GM the packs future looks bright. The guy has been outstanding. I’m am AFC fan, but I take note of the Green Bay draft every year.

    .

  48. pack13queens0 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:30 AM

    Well I know I might be criticized again, but I really think this team has potential for 19-0.

  49. apm says: Oct 4, 2011 11:56 AM

    Wisconsin also has the best D-III football team in the land as well. Go Warhawks!

  50. 1stngoal says: Oct 4, 2011 7:16 PM

    I agree with all the comments about the Packers defense. Their biggest weakness at this point seems to be an inability to generate a pass-rush from someone other than Clay Matthews from the front seven. And this is starting to show up in the gaudy passing statistics teams have been piling up on them so far in this young season. Hopefully they can get Frank Zombo back on the field soon, and Vic So’oto , Teddy’s latest undrafted gem may bloosom into a impact bookend to Matthews judging by his performance in the pre-season.

    Go Pack!!! ;-)

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