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.