Monday was a rather big news day for the folks at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. Well, at least it was a big news day for mid-April. The Green Bay Packers brought back two of their own free agents yesterday, as they locked up fullback John Kuhn and safety Sean Richardson for the 2015 season.
While Kuhn took a little less money to stay in Green Bay this fall, Richardson gets a big raise from his league-minimum salary last season. Because of that, it's logical to expect the players' roles on offense and defense respectively to be reflective of their changes in compensation.
However, that might not necessarily be the case, as you'll read in today's curds below.
Bigger role in store for Green Bay Packers safety Sean Richardson - Green Bay Packers Blog - ESPN
Though Richardson often came on the field as a cornerback in 2014, expect him to earn more playing time in the slot in nickel and dime packages. One other interesting note here is that the Raiders weren't the only team interested in signing Richardson to an offer sheet, meaning he could draw substantial interest as an unrestricted free agent next season.
Not-so-diminishing return | ESPN Wisconsin
Jason Wilde makes the case for Kuhn's return, and references the fact that his snap counts actually increased late in the season over the last four games.
2015 Green Bay Packers draft preview: Grading the 2010 class | FOX Sports
Five years removed from the 2010 draft, the Packers get positive grades on most of their picks from one beat writer.
Youth to make its move at receiver for Packers | Packers.com
Cult heroes Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis will need to prove themselves anew in training camp this year if they are to make an impact on the roster during the 2015 season.
Read and react skills make Eric Kendricks a top inside linebacker prospect | JSOnline
One advantage that Kendricks may have over the other linebackers in this year's draft is the fact that he made all the defensive calls for the front seven at UCLA. The other is that his instincts are about as good as one could hope for in a rookie prospect.
New Hampshire WR R.J. Harris visits with Packers | Packersnews.com
Here's the latest unheralded prospect who came to Green Bay for a visit. He led the FCS as a senior with 1,551 receiving yards, and racked up 100 catches with 15 scores.
NFL Draft Wish List, Part 1 " Grantland
Here's a look from outside the Packers' circle of fans and writers at just what the team needs to focus on in this year's draft. The positions that are identified should not surprise anyone.