Kampman Learning 3-4 Scheme
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Aaron Kampman finally talked to reporters Wednesday about the Green Bay Packers' switch to a 3-4 defense, but the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end didn't have much to say about his switch to left outside linebacker in the new scheme.
"I'm learning it," he said. "I don't really have a whole lot else to say. I'm learning it."
Kampman didn't speak to the media at last week's organized team activity practice. At Wednesday's OTA he was terse when asked about the defensive change.
Asked if he would rather be a defensive end in a 4-3 defense, Kampman replied, "I'm not at liberty to really make those choices."
Kampman also was asked if one factor in the situation was his contract, entering its final year.
"I've never really spoken about my contract," he said. "I've been through it a couple of times, and I just haven't really spoken about the business side of things. I'd like to keep it that way."
Kampman has registered 37 sacks over the past three seasons.
He said he didn't speak about the new defense previously because he was focusing only on football.
"This is a transition, and I just want to focus on it," he said.
Asked if he will learn to like the 3-4, Kampman said, "I'm not saying I don't like it. I'm just saying I'm learning it."
Kampman made two nice plays in practice while dropping into coverage, deflecting one pass that resulted in a Tramon Williams interception and breaking up another pass intended for wide receiver Brett Swain.
"Aaron Kampman's performance so far has been very positive. I think he has really fit in very well," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's always nice to see someone add a little more variety to their game. ... I think he'll only improve."
Wide receiver Donald Driver took part in his first OTA practice. He acknowledged later that he wants the Packers to restructure the remaining two years of his contract but insisted he's not unhappy with his situation.
"What's wrong with asking? They (the Packers) can say no. I'm asking for it. If I get it, I get it. If I don't, I don't. It's no big deal."
Driver, 34, is to make $3.9 million in base salary this season and a $4 million base salary in 2010 under his current deal.
He has a $2 million roster bonus for this year -- $1 million of which has reportedly already been paid -- and a roster bonus of $2.8 million in 2010.
Portions of those non-guaranteed roster bonuses are tied to him being on the active 45-man game-day roster each week.
"You can't complain about that type of money," Driver said, adding that he stayed home in Dallas last week because of a death in his wife's family and because his son graduated from kindergarten.
"I can say this: It's not about adding years on," Driver said.
Asked if he wants roster-bonus money that's not currently guaranteed to be converted into guaranteed money, Driver replied, "Yeah, you could write it that way. I want my contract reworked, but that's all. I have a job, and I'm happy about that."
Driver said he plans on participating in the rest of the OTAs and the mandatory minicamp, which kicks off June 22.
Inside linebacker Nick Barnett, who underwent surgery Nov. 20 to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, took part in the walkthrough portion of practice Wednesday but admitted he might not be ready to participate fully in practice until after training camp begins Aug. 1.
"By the time the regular season pops, I should be 100 percent. I feel good," Barnett said. "We're headed in the right direction. I think I'll be feeling very good in late July."
Notes: The team released its full training-camp practice schedule. Practices open with a 2 p.m. workout on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the newly redeveloped Ray Nitschke Field. ... The only two players absent were safety Nick Collins, who is looking for a contract extension, and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett. Veteran cornerback Charles Woodson made his OTA debut. ... First-round pick Clay Matthews (hamstring) remains sidelined and won't return until next week at the earliest, McCarthy said. ... Also continuing to sit out are safety Atari Bigby, defensive end Cullen Jenkins, center Scott Wells, tackles Chad Clifton and Breno Giacomini, defensive end Alfred Malone and wide receiver Lorne Sam.
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