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Packers reach deals with five draft picks

Johnathan Franklin AP

There were some positive reports about the state of running back Eddie Lacy’s toe recently, but the team hasn’t yet reached a deal with their second-round pick.

They have reached deals with three other draft picks, however. That group includes fourth-round pick Johnathan Franklin, who will compete with Lacy, DaJuan Harris, Alex Green and James Starks for roles in the Green Bay backfield this season. Franklin is at the team’s rookie minicamp and will be able to join the team for OTAs as well. Even though UCLA doesn’t complete its school year until June 14, Franklin graduated a year ago and is therefore eligible to take part.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the team has also reached agreement on a deal with sixth-round linebacker Nate Palmer. Palmer played defensive end at Illinois State, but he’ll be switching positions with the Packers while he vies for a role on their special teams units this summer.

Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin adds that tackle David Bakhtiari, another fourth-round pick, said that he signed his contract as well. Bakhtiari played left tackle at Colorado and will likely be competing for a chance to back up Bryan Bulaga, who is moving over from the right side, in his rookie season.

UPDATE 2:56 p.m. ET: Fourth-round offensive lineman J.C. Tretter and seventh-round linebacker Sam Barrington have also signed their contracts.

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37 Responses to “Packers reach deals with five draft picks”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: May 10, 2013 2:25 PM

    These guys are lucky. They must be pretty excited about winning rings.

  2. GenXJay says: May 10, 2013 2:25 PM

    They’ve got bigger issues.

  3. jhein23 says: May 10, 2013 2:27 PM

    There is going to be some great training camp battles in GB this summer. Packers are always 1 of the youngest teams in the league and I don’t see that changing this season. I think Ryan Pickett is the only player over the age of 30 at the moment. Although 3 expendable players Hawk, Kuhn and Jarrett Bush might be close.

  4. onbucky96 says: May 10, 2013 2:32 PM

    Somebody got their facts wrong. Its been reported in GB media Franklin can not participate in OTAs due to school(Pac-12). So which is it?

  5. inyofaceagain says: May 10, 2013 2:33 PM

    If they were joining the Packers 3 years ago it might be exciting for them. With so many holes, the Pack are in rough shape. Its proven they cant stop the run or the read option with is trouble.
    Without AR the Packers would be considered in rebuilding mode. Good luck stopping All Day this year!

  6. solarryan says: May 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    Actually Franklin is not eligible. Datone Jones is the one that graduated last year making him eligible.

  7. jhein23 says: May 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    What are their huge issues that are bigger than every other team in the division’s GenXJay?

    Offensive line is going to be worse than last year with Bulaga back, Saturday gone, 2 new draft choices?

    Running backs are going to be worse? WR are really gonna miss Driver who was inactive most of the season and Jennings who played what 5 games? Cobb going into 3rd season (usually breakout year)?

    DLine worse with 2 more draft choices? LB worse with Desmond Bishop, Nick Perry back and Erick Walden who was worst OLB in the NFL last year gone?

    DB worse with Woodson who was 1 of the worst safeties gone?

    Bears have a new coach, old defense.
    Lions have only beat Rodgers once – a game he played a half of before leaving early with concussion.
    Vikings are the biggest threat – but Rodgers or Ponder?

  8. jjthesportsguy says: May 10, 2013 2:44 PM

    I totally agree that Hawk and Bush are expendable, but Kuhn does play a very valuable role as the Packers best pass protector as a running/fullback. Until they have a proven guy ready to take over those duties I don’t think the Pack should make any roster moves involving Kuhn.

  9. jrmbadger says: May 10, 2013 2:47 PM

    onbucky96 says:
    May 10, 2013 2:32 PM
    Somebody got their facts wrong. Its been reported in GB media Franklin can not participate in OTAs due to school(Pac-12). So which is it?
    ===============================

    yeah, I saw that too. My understanding is that Franklin cannot, but that Datone Jones can.

  10. tokyosandblaster says: May 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    Last year, the lions fans were claiming Super Bowl after overachieving the year before.

    This year, the Vikings (the hapless, terrible Vikings) fans are claiming superiority after overachieving last year.

    It’ll turn out being the same.

    Enjoy 8-8 at best. We will enjoy the division crown yet again.

  11. jrmbadger says: May 10, 2013 2:54 PM

    inyofaceagain says:
    May 10, 2013 2:33 PM
    If they were joining the Packers 3 years ago it might be exciting for them. With so many holes, the Pack are in rough shape. Its proven they cant stop the run or the read option with is trouble.
    Without AR the Packers would be considered in rebuilding mode. Good luck stopping All Day this year!
    ================================
    Good luck with that facing 8 and 9 men in the box. D-coordinator’s don’t respect Ponder. Nor should they.

    I almost feel sorry for Greg Jennings. That dude might as well pick daisies out there because Ponder couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from 10 feet away. Just wait until his Sister gets on Twitter.

    Ponder has AP loading the box and he’s still only the 21st best quarterback in the league based on QB rating. Carson Palmer had a better QB rating for crying out loud.

    How bad is it? He chased away Harvin with his ineptitude.

  12. derekczajkowski says: May 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    Hapless you must be from greenbay

  13. jhein23 says: May 10, 2013 3:06 PM

    I think the 49ers are still better than the Packers right now. But how quickly everyone forgets how many BIG injuries the Packers had last season and yet they still won their division and went 11-5.

  14. inyofaceagain says: May 10, 2013 3:11 PM

    @jrmbadger

    U claim Ponder “chased Percy away”

    Any football blockhead knows Percy stamped his own ticket out. With poor attitude and being unsupportive of his team (not joining team for playoffs). But the Vikings and Ponder don’t need Percy. They proved that when they won the last 4 regular season games, including beating the Pack.
    Lucky for GB fans, Ponder got hurt after his CLUTCH PASSING TOUCHDOWN TO BEAT GREEN BAY. But no… Ponder in wack, that’s why yall couldn’t beat him to get a bye week.
    Adrian wore that defense down and yall bowed to the overrated Niners. Sad.

  15. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 10, 2013 3:25 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:May 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    Last year, the lions fans were claiming Super Bowl after overachieving the year before.

    This year, the Vikings (the hapless, terrible Vikings) fans are claiming superiority after overachieving last year.

    It’ll turn out being the same.

    Enjoy 8-8 at best. We will enjoy the division crown yet again.
    ______

    Well, last year you said 4-12 so I guess I’m not too worried about your predictions. Maybe we should just play the games.

  16. bla bla bla says: May 10, 2013 3:31 PM

    inyofaceagain reminds me of my goofy son-in-law. Every year he yaps and yas about how great the Bears will be and I just sit back and smile, knowing the Pack will take the division again.

    The Lavendar Larries are going nowhere.

  17. jrmbadger says: May 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    @jrmbadger

    U claim Ponder “chased Percy away”

    Any football blockhead knows Percy stamped his own ticket out. With poor attitude and being unsupportive of his team (not joining team for playoffs). But the Vikings and Ponder don’t need Percy. They proved that when they won the last 4 regular season games, including beating the Pack.
    Lucky for GB fans, Ponder got hurt after his CLUTCH PASSING TOUCHDOWN TO BEAT GREEN BAY. But no… Ponder in wack, that’s why yall couldn’t beat him to get a bye week.
    Adrian wore that defense down and yall bowed to the overrated Niners. Sad.
    ==========================

    You’re right about one thing – Pederson wore down defenses to allow Ponder to appear mediocre instead of horribly bad.

    I’m not sure where you think we are disagreeing other than your irrational view that this fact somehow supports your position (which it does not).

  18. bordner says: May 10, 2013 3:44 PM

    Lucky for GB fans, Ponder got hurt after his CLUTCH PASSING TOUCHDOWN TO BEAT GREEN BAY.

    ———————————–

    I remember hearing the same thing from bears fans after Cutler got hurt in the NFCC game – the Packers were “lucky”. He came back and has been healthy and has played every game against the Packers since then, and that sure has worked out well for the bears (0-4). I expect similar results from the vikings with a healthy Ponder, even with #28 getting his 200 yds per game.

  19. gnarlswoodson says: May 10, 2013 3:51 PM

    inyofaceagain says:May 10, 2013 3:11 PM

    Any football blockhead knows Percy stamped his own ticket out. With poor attitude and being unsupportive of his team (not joining team for playoffs). But the Vikings and Ponder don’t need Percy. They proved that when they won the last 4 regular season games, including beating the Pack.
    Lucky for GB fans, Ponder got hurt after his CLUTCH PASSING TOUCHDOWN TO BEAT GREEN BAY. But no… Ponder in wack, that’s why yall couldn’t beat him to get a bye week.
    Adrian wore that defense down and yall bowed to the overrated Niners. Sad.

    ———————————————————-

    Adrian Peterson could run for 1000 yards every game against Green Bay and literally the only chance youd have to win was in the exact situation you won in last year. MUST win AT home (the only place you can beat anybody ever, “Yall” are the JV version of the Saints and Falcons). Lucky win in a must win game in front of a home crowd. If Ponder played in that next playoff game he wouldnt have fared any better than Joe Webb. Cant wait for Florida Beach Boy Ponder to play outside in 2014 and 2015, that should help his development LOL.

  20. deltaoracle says: May 10, 2013 3:55 PM

    Heidi fans yapping about how the Packers can’t stop the read option are forgetting I guess the way Griffin sliced through their own defense. 49ers would have done the same to Mini except *someone else* eliminated the Vikings first. Mini fans also treat Ponder’s 230 yard game the way most fans would react if their QB threw for 500. That says a lot.
    If the rest of the NFC North thinks that the defending champs are going to be easier pickings this year with the additions of Jones, Lacy, Franklin, Tretter and the rest of the draft class, well that’s fine. Always easier to take down somebody whose eyes aren’t focused.

  21. shaggytoodle says: May 10, 2013 3:56 PM

    inyofaceagain says:
    May 10, 2013 3:11 PM

    Any football blockhead knows Percy stamped his own ticket out.
    _________

    Any GM knew he was trouble, yet the Vikings still choose to burn a 1st round pick on him.

    Now look at them, they are trying to replace Percy Harvin with a guy, they hope can be Harvin with a better attitude?

  22. filthymcnasty1isadouche says: May 10, 2013 3:59 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    “These guys are lucky. They must be pretty excited about winning rings.”

    Funny stuff….you keep us laughing.

  23. inyofaceagain says: May 10, 2013 4:08 PM

    bla bla bla says:
    May 10, 2013 3:31 PM
    inyofaceagain reminds me of my goofy son-in-law. Every year he yaps and yas about how great the Bears will be and I just sit back and smile, knowing the Pack will take the division again.

    ———

    WHo said anything bout the bears?

  24. golforepar says: May 10, 2013 4:09 PM

    Hey Viking fans! How is the trophy cabinet looking??? o yea STILL EMPTY!!!

  25. inyofaceagain says: May 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    bordner says:

    I remember hearing the same thing from bears fans after Cutler got hurt in the NFCC game – the Packers were “lucky”. He came back and has been healthy and has played every game against the Packers since then, and that sure has worked out well for the bears (0-4). I expect similar results from the vikings with a healthy Ponder, even with #28 getting his 200 yds per game

    ——

    Yeah but Ponder is Cutler. You are speaking as if they are the same person. Is that supposed to make sense?

  26. inyofaceagain says: May 10, 2013 4:13 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Any GM knew he was trouble, yet the Vikings still choose to burn a 1st round pick on him.

    Now look at them, they are trying to replace Percy Harvin with a guy, they hope can be Harvin with a better attitude?

    ————-

    “Burn a 1st round pick”??!!!
    HArvin was picked 22nd and has more net yards than any player drafted that year. The Vikings got ALOT of good years out him and basically replaced him with Jennings and Cordarrelle, I’ll take that ANY DAY!

  27. themagicfanguy says: May 10, 2013 4:25 PM

    @inyofaceagain It doesn’t matter whether its Ponder or Cutler, neither is half as good as they need to be if they want to beat Green Bay. You can deny it all you want, but if you were placing a bet in Vegas on who will win the NFC North it would be the Packers. The Vikings had a good draft and maybe someday they will finally get somewhere, but that is NOT happening THIS year.

  28. golforepar says: May 10, 2013 4:25 PM

    Inyo Typical Viking fan who roots against the team that has won 13 Championships?! Congrats on making the playoffs last year! Are you the team to beat now??

  29. GenXJay says: May 10, 2013 5:45 PM

    Yes. Vikes are the team to beat.
    & if you GB trolls forget that, then the Vikes are underdogs pushing into the playoffs again while giving hell to your 13 chumpions.

  30. filthymcnasty1 says: May 10, 2013 5:46 PM

    So now the hapless, tasteless Viking fans are freaking out because we signed a few rookies?

  31. shaggytoodle says: May 10, 2013 9:14 PM

    Burn a 1st round pick”??!!!
    ____

    You know that teams aren’t built around 1st round picks that can’t complete their rookie contract.

    They traded a guy who you claim can get all sorts of yards and yards don’t win games.
    He is heading into his best years as a player if he does blossom into a game changer.

    For a guy that is turning 30 off a season he was injured for most of, and a guy that hasn’t proven himself at this level.

  32. jhein23 says: May 10, 2013 10:32 PM

    GENXJAY – you never answered my 1st question. 2nd question – how are Vikes team to beat when they didn’t win the divison last year and Packers beat them in playoffs? 3rd question – how are we Packers trolls when this is a Packers article? The person trolling every Packers article is you a Vikings fan.

  33. GenXJay says: May 10, 2013 11:48 PM

    jhein23,
    Unlike other notorious Packer Trolls, your questions will be fulfilled with Nordic Pride.
    A. Biggest Problem with the Packers: The Front Office screwed up. The SoCal clip-board holding(Favres jockstrap too) excuse for an “elite” qb is on the plunge. Simply, it’s a big mistake giving him longevity pay. TT should’ve went short w/a big number guaranteed instead. Don’t break a Leg ShAaron.

    B. The Vikings will be the team to beat in the NFC North. Let alone NFC. What’s happened in the past has happened. & if you wanna bring up the past, as most Packers try to capitalize on, how’s this for a Dome Dog across your party lips; no one would’ve expected the quick turn around of the Vikings sans Favre. Not even the old diehard Viking geezers screaming Tarkenton name.

    C. Do Upon Others As They have Done To You. So, you’re damn right I’m trolling. YOUR TEAM IS DONE.

  34. axespray says: May 10, 2013 11:53 PM

    Blah – Blah – Blah, Vikings/Bears/Lions suck – can we just get to the friggin’ Regular Season now?

  35. tokyosandblaster says: May 11, 2013 6:05 PM

    Don’t mind GenX

    He wouldn’t know a championship caliber team if it beat him
    2 out of 3 times last year.

    The Vikings will be very lucky to be .500, where as the Packers winning less than 13 games would be a shock.

  36. stevegie says: May 11, 2013 8:21 PM

    Well here comes the shock, teams are starting to figure out how to beat the Pack and Rodgers. aka Seattle blowing thru that O-line.

  37. tokyosandblaster says: May 12, 2013 2:10 AM

    13-5* including the playoffs.

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