Packers: Lambeau Leading the Way During NFL Lockout

Life hasn't come to a complete halt for every major NFL organization since Friday's dull announcement, as the Green Bay Packers are keeping a positive frame of mind heading into a dark and unclear future.

According to Tom Silverstein of JSOnline.com, Packers president Mark Murphy was left disheartened by last weeks lockout conclusion, but states that the possibility of a shorter regular season isn't totally off the table for the time being.

Amongst the questioning, he also sent out a  statement to every Packer fan regarding their persistent attitude as time goes on in the next 12 months.

 

"In terms of our fans, I know they're disappointed just as we are," said Murphy "You see the media reports and discussions that say this will result in lost games in the regular season, well, we're still very far away from that".

"I would encourage people that let's be reflective, we still have a lot of time. Hopefully, at the end of the day, cooler heads will prevail and we'll be able to reach an agreement without any interruption in terms of games and even training camp."

For the Packers, the term "productive offseason" would be an understatement right now.  Just over a month since lifting their fourth Super Bowl trophy, Green Bay have signed Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and A.J. Hawk to new contracts - among many other notable names.

Is money a concern?

Not at all.  Hawk received more than he could have bargained for, and McCarthy's new deal boosts him into the category of the top paid head coaches in the league.  Therefore, bring on the NFL draft in April, one of the few things we can rely upon right now.

But at the same time, the Packers aren't willing to get too comfortable just yet.  Vice president of administration Jason Wied wants to assure fans that the team is ready for a down year, and plans to budget consistently in the future.  Wied also touched on the Packers $127 million preservation fund, an emergency money pool set aside for a rainy day.

Whether or not a withdrawal will be made is up for debate.

While we wait, though, the entire Packer staff insists the team is open for business.  Football may not be played, but the Pro Shop will still remain open, along with many other fan attractions throughout Lambeau Field.

"Our fans are not going to quit coming to the stadium, enjoying being a part of Lambeau Field because of a legal situation going on within the league. We are open for business." said Wied on Sunday.

Winning the Super Bowl continues to draw fan interest from all over the country.  Needless to say, the car park will be partially empty over the coming months, but money will continue to pour in the door of one of the NFL's brightest looking teams.

The likes of the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns have something to fear.  The Green Bay Packers on the other hand,  have played their cards well.

 

Ryan Cook is an Australian Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a writer for Acme Packing Company. He is also a guest writer for PackerChatters. You can follow him on  Twitter or send him an email: ryan.cook392@gmail.com.

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