Conflicting reports on John Kuhn’s future in Green Bay

AP

Does longtime Packers fullback John Kuhn have a future in Green Bay? That depends on which report you believe.

According to WTMJ, Kuhn wants to play for the Packers this year but the team has “moved on.” Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports, however, that Kuhn hasn’t heard anything about the team wanting to move on. And USA Today reports that there is “mutual interest” between the Packers and Kuhn.

The 33-year-old Kuhn has been a fixture in Green Bay since 2007. He’s popular with fans and he’s a four-time Pro Bowler.

But the reality is, NFL teams just don’t have much room for fullbacks anymore, and Kuhn is no exception. Last year Kuhn was healthy for all 16 games, but he only played 27 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps. On most plays, the Packers don’t have a fullback on the field. Kuhn does still contribute on special teams (he played 35 percent of the Packers’ special teams snaps last year), but the Packers may fill his shoes on special teams with someone younger, faster and cheaper.

Last year the Packers spent a sixth-round draft pick on fullback Aaron Ripkowski, and this year they signed Alstevis Squirewell, a former Newberry College defensive lineman whom they think has the athletic potential to play fullback in the NFL. It appears likely that Ripkowski and Squirewell will compete to take Kuhn’s spot, even if Kuhn isn’t ready to say goodbye to Green Bay yet.

66 responses to “Conflicting reports on John Kuhn’s future in Green Bay

  1. This is truly the MOST OVERRATED player in the NFL hands down.
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON !

  2. Really dont like the idea that we may not hear Kuuuuuuhn anymore. But realistically speaking – it is time for Ripper to make a statement – I love that quick handoff to the lead blocker – but Kuhn has been getting stuffed on that too much lately and that has led to fewer touches. We definitely need a bigger fast body and Ripper can get it done – along with a revamped version of Eddie – we will be dynomite especially when they try/start to put 9 in the box – big plays all over the place

  3. I could see him coming back home to Philly, not far from where he played his college ball at Shippensburg, to fill the Anthony Sherman role in Pederson’s KC offense.

  4. Of course there will be the usual back and forth insults between the Viking and Pack fans following this article. But, as a Viking fan I can honestly say Kuhn is the kind of player that I have always admired, even though he plays on the dreaded Packers. Hopefully he stays with the Pack or does find a spot somewhere else. A throw back player in a throw back position who plays the game the right way.

  5. When you now have a younger,better,faster and cheaper fullback on your team why would you overpay for an old veteran fullback just to keep a fan favorite on the team.let him sign with the Vikings like the other Packer rejects who had gotten too damn old.

  6. Rick Spielman would pick him up in a heartbeat, just to have some of that championship aura rub off on his Vikings (the oldest NFL team that has never won a world title).

  7. Sometimes being an NFL great at your position is not good enough.
    It is extremely difficult to make the Green Bay Packers roster, sometimes they will go with inexpensive players they choose to develop.

    Sometimes the long term benefits to the team outweighs short term.

    We will see how this decision plays out.

  8. Last year showed proof of the Packers collapse.
    It starts with Depth, and now you go treating a Pro Bowl player that has given everything to the team like an unwanted Dog.
    Only in Milwaukee.

  9. kickinpuppies says: May 12, 2016 7:08 PM

    It’s a young mans game
    ======================================
    Brady, Favre, Manning, Woodson, among just a few would disagree

  10. The block on Peppers allowing Rodgers to hit Cobb for GW TD!!

    If you actually understand & love football, then you will get the value of a guy like Kuhn!

  11. Literally the most overrated player in the history of the NFL.

    4 time Pro Bowler? I almost fell out of my chair.

  12. billh1947 says:
    May 12, 2016 6:47 PM
    When you now have a younger,better,faster and cheaper fullback on your team why would you overpay for an old veteran fullback just to keep a fan favorite on the team.
    ———————————

    Rodgers has said Kuhn is like another QB back there as far as reading defenses. Almost no other RB in the NFL would have made that block on Julius Peppers in week 17 back in 2013. And if Kuhn did’t make that block, Peppers would have sacked Rogers and the Packers would have missed the playoffs.

    If Ripkowski shows even the potential to read defenses that well, I say move on with him. But otherwise, for league minimum, Kuhn is a cheap insurance policy for keeping Rodgers upright.

  13. Actually it might be best for him if this was it and he hung it up. 11 or whatever years playing fullback in Green Bay is a hella lot of punishment on your body and brain.

  14. Kuhn isn’t going anywhere. Still valuable, especially to that team. Long live Kuhn.

  15. Kuhn has been more valuable to the Packers in the postseason than Peterson has been to the Vikings.

    Isn’t that what really counts?

  16. Talk about making the most out of your talents…wow. All credit to him. Great story. Would love to see him sign with the hometown Steelers and win a championship

  17. The reason he’s been in GB so long is that outside of McCarthy – no one knows that offense better. Aaron’s said Kuhn teaches HIM things about it from time to time.

    Kuhn just does not miss blitzes or fails to be where he’s supposed to be.

    2 time Superbowl winner, 4 time probowler and great guy.

    He’ll never be in Canton but he’ll be in the Packer HOF for sure. And it has nothing to do with fans.

  18. lambeaudungbarn says:
    May 12, 2016 8:26 PM

    Looking at the majority of these posts it is clear to me
    The Vikings are winning the Psychological War!
    ==================================
    A bunch of posts (the same back-and-forth that’s been going on for years) by fans on a football website means that a team is winning a psychological war?

  19. clown Vikings win one division title in the last 10 years and still cant advance farther than the packers did in the playoffs last year …

    You Viking fans are the biggest whining bunch of losers in the nfl !!! It has gotten past the point of annoying how your pathetic fan base can never accept a loss but 100 percent of the time go to the ref card !!!

    Actually every fan base in the nfl is sick of you crying about everything here on behalf of the whole league you are officially 1000 and 0 and have never lost a game and the refs have cost your very game since your inception !! now shut up stay out of other teams posts and go play with your noodle arm qb of the future queens

  20. Looking at the majority of these posts it is clear to me
    The Vikings are winning the Psychological War!
    ——–
    Says a Vikings troll that has commented 5 times on the same story about a Packers fb. Lol.

  21. Kleinssasser was a beast back in the day, but that was also a day when FBs were more prevalent, with players like Alstott and William Henderson, and played more of a role on offense.

    Kuhn played is an age where FB is a lost art, and on a Pass heavy offense, and will ALWAYS be remembered for that great block on Peppers, vs Chi, on the TD pass to Cobb to win the division.

    They both were fun to watch, even more so for the team fans.

  22. lambeaudungbarn says:
    May 12, 2016 8:26 PM
    Looking at the majority of these posts it is clear to me
    The Vikings are winning the Psychological War!
    ___________________________

    I don’t believe you are right, but IF you are,

    Congrats to all the Vikings and the fans for another victory this off-season, first FA, then the draft, now this thread, maybe they can keep this momentum going and roll it into a 3rd Pre-season win.

    I guess when you have a product on the field that lets the fans down consistently for several decades, desperate for attention and a win of ANY sort, even a a Message Board can make a Viking fan content, and that shows the sad state that a handful of their fans happen to be in.

  23. Coming into this article, I held deep trepidations about continuing downwards towards the comment section, where my suspicions were promptly confirmed that we have a deep, DEEP mental health crisis amongst Wisconsin residents. They are the social equivalent of rodentia meandering into the road right in front of my car.

    Its scary stuff, legit.

    Topically speaking, to put a positive spin on this watching the Vikings beat the Packers twice in 2016 will become less annoying. We all know when Kuhn touched the ball, Packers fans felt even less of a need to present themselves as even marginally civilized human beings apart of a larger collective of human beings.

    I will be slightly less embarrassed having the unfortunate of being parked in the adjacent parking spot of the Sconnie subsequently upon hearing this news.

  24. Its about time…he’s the only guy in the league that can have that yelled loudly by fans every time he touches the ball. Try yelling KUUUUHHHHNNNN when either Lacy or Starks gets the call and you’ll get the crap kicked out of you. Bye John…enjoy your NFL pension.

  25. “The reason he’s been in GB so long is that outside of McCarthy – no one knows that offense better. Aaron’s said Kuhn teaches HIM things about it from time to time.”

    Then they should make him a coach where he can teach the young players how to do thing the right way.always room for a great mind on the coaching staff.

  26. Alstevis Squirewell? Is that really a name? Where do they come up with names like Alstevis Squirewell?

  27. lambeaudungbarn says:
    May 12, 2016 8:26 PM
    Looking at the majority of these posts it is clear to me
    The Vikings are winning the Psychological War!
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    If that’s what you call Viking trolls getting drunk and picking needless fights, then I agree.

  28. They drafted his replacement in 2015
    They signed a street FA FB 2 days ago.

    Kuhn’s career in GB is over, thanks for helping us win the Lombardi.

  29. I think the new “no cut-block” rules will have a profound effect on pass protection.

    No longer will RBs be able to take out a pass-rusher with a cut-block.

    Which will have a down-stream effect of requiring TEs and FBs to be in more often to block.

    The days of 5 wide may be gone.

    WRT Kuhn, they may want to keep a viable FB to help pass blocking.

    Just my $0.02.

  30. Bears fan with the utmost respect for the man. Would hate to see him out of the NFL carrying his lunch pail home for the last time. His block on Pepper’s in 13′ was the reason you need players like him to step up when his number is called. He won that game for them, put them into the playoffs, and ended Pepper’s career in Chicago. As much as I would like to say good riddance, this guy played the game right.

  31. SOunds like a real lack of decision making on Teds part. They will keep Kuhn and Neal once the el cheapo price is reached. Ted is the tighest coach in football. You should slit your wrist if drafted by him. Rogers and Mathews make up 60 % of the salary cap because uncle ted game away the farm so everyone else gets the blue light special treatment.

  32. This is bs. Once the el cheapo price is reached they will keep him. He is MM’s favorite pet. Why they have ripowski is a mystery. Paying a gug to just sit on the bench while the guy he is suppose to replace plays. Now that is rocket science. Apparently they don’t like ripowski that much or they would have canned Kuhn last year.
    The coaching on this team is horrid. MM is not a rocket scientist. He still thinks and coaches as if its a running league.

  33. Bradley Dillon-

    Is that your way of saying, you dislike packer fans?
    You can’t make up something better than that?

    It’s very obvious that all of the negative posts on this thread, are GB haters, and want to be part of great football organization, by posting negative things….. So they’ll make up anything to be part of greatness.
    That’s really sad… I feel bad for them and there loser team they represent.

  34. Kuhn won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers on the practice squad before he came to Green Bay. Watched him play many times at Ship. A true throwback kind of guy in the Steeler/Packer tradition. I wish him the best, whatever happens.

  35. ariani1985 says:
    May 12, 2016 6:06 PM
    Well they better sign him or else the yellow heads will have trouble on game day moooing a double syllable!
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    arianal…….Kuhn is a single syllable. So is Kuuuuuuhn. I think you meant double-vowel?

    Born and raised in Minnesota?

  36. arianal…….Kuhn is a single syllable. So is Kuuuuuuhn. I think you meant double-vowel?

    Born and raised in Minnesota?
    ==========
    I think that post went over your head. He meant that Kuhn is a single syllable, and that GB fans will have a hard time with chanting the new FB names because they are NOT single syllable.

    Born and raised in Hayseed WI?

  37. kuuuuuuuhn is indeed a single syllable. The other players there to replace him, have polysyllabic names. So that’s that all cleared up for you, internet genius “stellarperformance”

    He has accolades because he plays a position that most teams don’t field. Congratulations, you made the pro bowl over three other guys. Wow.

    If his name were Kuhnschlitz, or he weren’t white, this wouldn’t even be a story.

    I’d still be here though, just to see the Packers and Vikings fans trash each other. It is a little offseason methadone for some of us. Also, it is hilarious to most of the rest of the world because Minnesota and Wisconsin are as indistinguishable to us as North and South Carolina, or Dakota.

  38. aj66shanghai says:May 13, 2016 12:40 PM

    kuuuuuuuhn is indeed a single syllable. The other players there to replace him, have polysyllabic names. So that’s that all cleared up for you, internet genius “stellarperformance”

    He has accolades because he plays a position that most teams don’t field. Congratulations, you made the pro bowl over three other guys. Wow.

    If his name were Kuhnschlitz, or he weren’t white, this wouldn’t even be a story.

    I’d still be here though, just to see the Packers and Vikings fans trash each other. It is a little offseason methadone for some of us. Also, it is hilarious to most of the rest of the world because Minnesota and Wisconsin are as indistinguishable to us as North and South Carolina, or Dakota.
    _____

    Ever heard of malt-o-meal? You’re welcome.

  39. Ripkowski should be the guy now.
    Dude was beast on special teams, making tackles downfield.

    The guy was one of the few offensive players to show up against the Panthers.

    Plus we get most of our wideouts back, I’d rather have 7 WRs this year than another 5 TE or 3 FB type of year.

  40. 13worldchampioinships says:
    May 13, 2016 5:46 PM
    He has accolades because he plays a position that most teams don’t field. Congratulations, you made the pro bowl over three other guys. Wow.
    ________________

    Is that really any different than making it to the Pro Bowl like Theodore, or Tyrod Taylor? 10 people had to decline so they could make it.

  41. 250dollarnflowner says:
    May 13, 2016 12:37 PM
    I think that post went over your head. He meant that Kuhn is a single syllable, and that GB fans will have a hard time with chanting the new FB names because they are NOT single syllable.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Oh, I get it now. He meant double-syllable Rip-kow-ski. Thanks!

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