Packers hustle to re-sign starters : Packers Insider

Packers hustle to re-sign starters

August 12, 2010 by  
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Aug 11, 2010 ~ by Bob McGinn

~Once the Green Bay Packers identify a player as part of their nucleus, they have the courage and the cash to make long-term commitments.

Unlike some of their less financially fortunate brethren, the Packers have been re-signing veterans almost as if the uncertainty concerning the fate of the 2011 season didn’t exist.

A.J. Hawk might need to sign a new contract because his base salary in the final year of his contract (2011) swells to $10 million.

“Our philosophy has always been to invest in our players,” said Packers President Mark Murphy, taking a business-as-usual stance amid the labor unrest. “The challenge is identifying the right players and extending them. Ted (Thompson) has done a good job identifying the core players.”

Since June 2009, the Packers have re-signed seven starters – Greg Jennings, Brandon Chillar, Chad Clifton, Nick Collins, Ryan Pickett, Mark Tauscher and Donald Driver – to contract extensions.

Excluding incentives, the seven deals total $132.728 million, $67.081 million of which is guaranteed.

When the Packers locked the players up for the long haul, Jennings was entering the final year of his contract, Chillar and Driver were in the final years of their contracts, Clifton and Tauscher were early in the unrestricted free-agent signing period, Collins had just signed his restricted free-agent tender to begin his final season, and Pickett had been designated a franchise free agent after his contract expired.

“The plan is to draft, to develop and hopefully sign our guys back,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s what we’re going to continue to try to do.”

Despite the flurry of extensions, Thompson has many more decisions to make in the not too distant future.

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