Wednesday was not exactly a slow news day in Green Bay.
That news was just the aperitif to the main course that would come in the afternoon, which was the report quarterback Aaron Rodgers finally signed his contract extension and that it is as massive as everyone thought it would be: four years and $134 million.
There will be plenty of analysis forthcoming on the Rodgers extension as more details come out but the Hundley trade is finished and can be discussed at length.
Basically, the Packers bet on Kizer’s upside more than what they have right now. Kizer has a stronger arm than Hundley though his accuracy hasn’t quite caught up. That can be corrected with coaching however, and the Packers are clearly betting on that improving.
As for Hundley, he will back up Russell Wilson who has been incredibly durable under center for Seattle. That should give him time to learn the offense although playing behind that offensive line is a little worrisome.
You can read more on the Hundley trade, Rodgers’ payday and more in today’s cheese curds.
Hundley was more than likely going to leave after this season anyway, so getting a sixth round pick for the former fifth round pick who looked lost at times last season is a coup for GM Brian Gutekunst.
The emphasis on the quarterback is greater than ever in the NFL and that means salaries will continue to climb.
Rodgers celebrated his new extension by dressing up as Wyatt Earp and that outfit is in line with ththe crazy outfits he has worn for the luncheon in the past.
Would or could Gutekunst enter the 2019 draft with no first round picks after acquiring Mack? I’m not so sure that would be smart. A first, a second and a player would be a better deal in my book.
Thomas is the perfect example of an undrafted guy taking advantage of his opportunities and resources and taking advantage of it. Thanks to a move to inside linebacker and a change in diet thanks to reflux disease, he has a decent chance of making the 53-man roster.