The organized team activities portion of the offseason has wrapped up for the Green Bay Packers. This week, the Packers wrap up the offseason with their mandatory minicamp, which will run from Tuesday to Thursday and will require all members of the organization to be present and participating.
That is, of course, a change from the voluntary nature of OTAs. The Packers try to enforce attendance for veterans through the use of workout bonuses, but players are ultimately free to stay away from the team facility until this week. But over the next few days, every member of the team should be in the building and practicing, bonus or not.
One of the handful of veteran players who has been absent for OTAs — at least during the open practices — is cornerback Jaire Alexander, despite the $700,000 workout bonus in his contract. Now heading into his sixth NFL season, Alexander had arguably his best campaign in 2022, earning Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors each for the second time. Alexander recorded five interceptions last season, matching the total he had over his first four years, while putting up advanced numbers that put him among the top five cornerbacks in the NFL.
Alexander surely does not need OTAs to set himself up for a great season in 2023, and his absence has allowed the Packers to get some young corners more reps this spring. But the veteran star will be in Green Bay this week for his first practices of the year and a one-week prep session before the summer break.
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