Packers Should Stop Waiting to Re-Sign John Kuhn

Obviously, it was going to take some time for the Green Bay Packers to get serious about re-signing fullback John Kuhn this offseason, but hopefully that time is coming soon.

It appears there has been some rumblings of communication between the Packers and Kuhn’s agent. Last year, the long-time Packers fan favorite was in a similar situation. He ended up re-upping with Green Bay on a one-year deal on April 13.

And with the draft rapidly approaching, now seems to be as good a time as any to make sure Kuhn is back in the fold for the 2016 season.

I realize that Kuhn is an aging player, but he’s one that’s invaluable to the Packers. He has the trust of Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy. And when McCarthy took over the play calling late last season, Kuhn’s role increased quite a bit.

Kuhn isn’t a superstar by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s a glue guy. He can catch passes out of the backfield and he can be a solid third-down back thanks to his outstanding skills as a blocker. He was also blowing up guys in the run game last season, just look back at the Arizona playoff game.

The point is, even with the development of Aaron Ripkowski, the Packers still need Kuhn. He does some of the intangible things you simply have to do to win, whether that be on offense or special teams.

In the end, Kuhn won’t cost much money, but if he does return, I can guarantee, the Packers will be a better football team because of it.

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DannyDS

I don’t see what the rush is to now sign Kuhn. Look he KNOWS the offense inside and out, that aint gonna change if he misses OTA’s! The Packers want to get Ripkowski as many snaps/opportunities to determine if/when he might be able to take over for Kuhn. So Rip gets all the reps in OTA’s and if he isn’t deemed ready to take over, the Packers can sign Kuhn just before the start of training camp and have no issues. Its not like Kuhn “needs” the offseason to learn anything. Kuhn may have value to the Packers, but almost none w/ other teams. Rush to sign Kuhn? What the hell for?

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chris peterson

True. But both contribute on special teams. Rip was a beast on special teams and Kuhn was his reliable self. That adds value. I think he has a role. He’s close to done let him go to camp and find out.

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thesmartnegotiator

It is not the money that is the issue. It is the roster spot. Most teams do not even have a full back we have 2. He is not the big guy that gets the 3rd and 1 carry. He gets stuffed. The Packers were one of the worst teams on 3rd and short last year. I like him but he is a luxury we may not be able to afford.

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chris peterson

Yes and they were better in short yardage when he was on the field. Kuhn was one of the best short yardage runners in the league and the Packers stopped giving him the ball. The offense is better with him out there. Simple as that. I understand about the roster spot, but he plays on special teams too and that adds to his value. I’d rather keep him than a 9th offensive lineman.

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chris peterson

Plus signing him now doesn’t mean he makes the 53. He still has to go earn that spot in training camp and if Ripkowski is that much better so be it.

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