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Trade Rumors, Tenders, & Trouble Averted

March 4, 2011

The Green Bay Packers and A.J. Hawk went down to the wire before they agreed upon a new five-year contract that will keep the fifth-pick of the 2006 draft in a green and gold uniform until 2015.

With inside linebackers Hawk and Desmond Bishop both re-upping their deals this season, the future of Nick Barnett becomes unclear. In response to an e-mail from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Nick Barnett seemed unsure of his future in Green Bay as well.

“I am not sure as well,” Barnett wrote. “No one has came to me and told me anything. So just waiting to hear something.”

According to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, the Packers are exploring the idea of trading Barnett, and if the team is unable to find any suitors, they may release the eight-year veteran.

Barnett is a fan-favorite in Green Bay and has been a stalwart member of the Packers defense since being drafted in the first round in 2003, but on several occasions general manager Ted Thompson has shown a tendency to stick with a younger player in favor of an aging veteran. This is especially the case when dealing with a player that Thompson did not draft.

Tender Offers

The Packers did not officially announce any restricted free agent tenders, but various media outlets have reported at least three players were given offers.

Although the contracts may become null and void when a new collective bargaining agreement is hashed out, the Packers chose to play it safe. The team offered second-round tenders to kicker Mason Crosby and guard Daryn Colledge. Running back John Kuhn received the lowest tender, which means the Packers would have first right of refusal should another team sign Kuhn to an offer sheet.

Not So Tender Offer

Stemming from an incident in Wisconsin Dells almost nine months ago, cornerback Brandon Underwood pleaded no-contest to a charge of “prostitution-nonmarital sexual intercourse.”

The judge determined Underwood must pay a fine of $379 dollars, and his record can be wiped clean in a year.

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