John Kuhn Brings Versatility and Intangibles Back to the Packers
Packers fans finally got the news they’ve been waiting weeks for as the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with fullback John Kuhn. The fan favorite will earn around $1 million on the deal according to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com.
Kuhn, who will turn 32 years old this August, has been a member of the Packers since 2007 has appeared in 107 games for the team, starting 24. Although Kuhn doesn’t run it much he’s effective when he does as a short-yardage and goal-line back, scoring a total of 20 touchdowns in his career.
Not only does the former running back from Shippensburg college bring experience and versatility to the Green Bay backfield as both a runner and blocker, he has been a key performer on special teams.
However, Kuhn’s most important role for the Packers this season will once again be protecting Aaron Rodgers as the third-down back.
We all remember Kuhn’s epic block on Julius Peppers in the Week 17 win over the Bears the clinched the NFC North title, reminding us that he is one of the best pass-blocking backs in the league and while he is not an elite player, he is an important one to Green Bay.
Therefore in addition to making the fan base happy, his re-signing will also make Mr. Rodgers quite happy as well.