The Green Bay Packers' vacancy at fullback is no more. According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the team has re-signed veteran John Kuhn.
The deal is reportedly worth $870,000 for one year, the league minimum for a player with Kuhn's NFL service time. The fullback also receives a bonus if he is selected to the Pro Bowl.
A fan favorite, Kuhn has seen his role reduced in recent years as tailbacks Eddie Lacy and James Starks saw more and more time on third down and in single-back sets. Still, Kuhn is a trusted blocker who coaches describe as possessing familiarity with the offense comparable to quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Even if the Packers gave Kuhn some guaranteed money in the new contract, the deal still offers the team plenty of flexibility should they decide to move in a different direction during training camp or the preseason.
Kuhn was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 2014 and made first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career. Entering this season, the fullback has rushed for 591 yards and 13 touchdowns on 132 carries. He has also caught 76 passes for 516 yards and eight scores.
As for how his teammates feel about the move, look no further than guard T.J. Lang's twitter account:
KUUUUUUUUUUUHN— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) April 13, 2015