After months of speculation, the John Kuhn era in Green Bay has indeed come to an end. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with the former Packers fullback.
Kuhn spent the last nine seasons with the Packers, during which time he established himself as a key member of the team's backfield, won a Super Bowl and became a fan favorite. Fans of the team loudly chanted his name when he touched the ball, a practice that occurred both at Lambeau Field and on the road.
Though the NFL has largely phased out fullbacks, Kuhn kept the position in vogue in Green Bay. Not only did he become a reliable pass catcher and occasional ball carrier, but his blocking earned him the trust of the coaching staff and his quarterback. Kuhn's block on Julius Peppers during the NFC North-deciding tilt with Chicago Bears in 2013 freed Aaron Rodgers to complete one of the defining throws of this career:
Aaron Rodgers. Randall Cobb. NFC North title on the line.— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 6, 2014
Wow. Wow. Wow.
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Statistically, Kuhn performed better than most other fullbacks in the league. Though not a frequent ball carrier, he did amass 619 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns with the Packers. He added another 572 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver. For his efforts, Kuhn made three Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2014.