Talking with free agents
Thursday 03-05-2009 10:55am CT
Dallas Cowboys’ free-agent linebacker Kevin Burnett is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. But his agent, Ricky Lefft, says at least four other teams have expressed an interest – and it’s possible Burnett might sign with somebody else before the weekend. He went San Diego yesterday and Oakland on Tuesday. Lefft says Burnett might make two other visits but did not say where they might be. The Packers are looking for depth at linebacker, to fill the outside spots in their new 3-4 defense. Meanwhile, the Packers now know where they’ll be drafting in the first three rounds in April. The NFL released the draft order yesterday – and Green Bay will select ninth, 41st, 73rd, and 83rd.
Tuesday 03-03-2009 11:16am CT
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has never been known to sign older free agents. It will be interesting to see if he breaks that trend, now that two veteran defensive linemen are on the market.
Jason Taylor and Vonnie Holliday both have experience in the 3-4 alignment that Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is bringing in. Washington cut the 34-year-old Taylor yesterday, after he refused to have a new clause in his contract to make him take part in the Redskins off-season workouts. The 33-year-old Holliday – an 11-year veteran who played his first five seasons in Green Bay – was let go by the Miami Dolphins. Holliday started all but one game for Miami last season, with three-and-a-half sacks. His agent says the Packers have not contacted him.
Green Bay expressed interest a year ago in Taylor, a six-time Pro Bowler who ended up being traded by Miami to the Redskins for a couple of draft picks
Colin Cole agrees to 5-year deal with Seahawks
Sunday 03-01-2009 6:18pm CT
The Seattle Seahawks and free agent defensive tackle Colin Cole have agreed to a five-year, $21.4 million contract that includes $6 million in guaranteed money, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The person, who requested anonymity because the deal has not yet been announced, said Cole visited the Seahawks on Friday — the first day of NFL free agency — and the two sides agreed to terms shortly afterward.
NFL.com reported the deal earlier Sunday.
Cole, 28, played the last five seasons for the Green Bay Packers, making eight starts and earning significant playing time in Green Bay's defensive tackle rotation.
His departure is a setback for the Packers, who struggled on defense last season but could point to Cole as one of their most consistent players.
Cole is represented by Neil Cornrich of NC Sports, who also represents Packers offensive tackle Mark Tauscher. Tauscher, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury in December, also is a free agent and is expected to be pursued by the Packers.
Saturday 02-28-2009 7:43am CT
It appears DT Colin Cole may be playing elsewhere next season. Click here
for a report on his future.
Qualifying offers issued to 5 players
Thursday 02-26-2009 8:48pm CT
The Green Bay Packers have issued qualifying offers to five restricted free agents.
General manager Ted Thompson said Thursday the offers went to safety Atari Bigby, cornerback Jarrett Bush, defensive end Jason Hunter, fullback John Kuhn and wide receiver Ruvell Martin.
Exclusive-rights free agent cornerback Tramon Williams was issued a one-year tender offer.
Son of Packers assistant faces sex assault counts
Thursday 02-26-2009 12:50pm CT
(From The Associated Press)
An 18-year-old Green Bay man who is the son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was charged Thursday with sexual assault and battery.
Michael T. Philbin faces two counts of having sex with a child over the age of 16 and two counts of battery - all misdemeanors. Each count carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and nine months in jail, if convicted.
Philbin's lawyer did not immediately return a call or e-mail seeking comment.
A plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 13.
The criminal complaint alleges Philbin had nonconsensual sex with two females who said they were drunk at his Brown County home the night of Aug. 21.
The state Department of Justice is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the Green Bay Police Department.