SOME EARLY THOUGHTS FROM PACKERS CAMP
PLENTY TO CHEW ON HERE
--Donald Driver told Aaron Rodgers to be himself. Apparently A Rod is listening...inviting up to 30 teammates over for dinner, he's building team camaraderie. The NFL isn't a u-rah-rah league, but he's certainly trying to be himself...which is more outgoing than the introverted Favre.
--Sitting behind Favre cost Rodgers money. Now, the owners opting out of the collective bargaining agreement might cost him more dollars. You see, the new states that you can't become a free agent until after your 6th season. Rodgers will have 5 years in when his contract expires after the 2009 season. It's still unclear how the NFL will handle this, but it seems as though the owners think they'll have a new deal in place before the uncapped season of 2010.
--I'm convinced more than ever that your starting left guard will be...Allen Barbre. Daryn Colledge, if you're splitting time now...you're job is on a timer...and it's ticking.
--If there's ever a good way to "hold out," Ryan Grant is doing it. He won't sign his $370,000 exclusive rights tender, and I don't blame him...he's worth more than that. And while Grant isn't practicing, he's still there, and working out. Something will get done before training camp.
--Charles Woodson and Al Harris are the only vets staying away from the organized team activities, or OTA's. Woodson usually does his own thing in the offseason, and delivers in the regular season. After Harris performance in the NFC Championship game, you'd think he'd want to come back and get to work.
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