Packers Re-Sign Kuhn

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The Packers return John Kuhn on a one-year deal

Fullback and Green Bay Packers cult hero John Kuhn is returning to the team in 2014.  Kuhn has agreed to a one-year deal worth just over $1 million with incentives included.

Kuhn has been with the Packers since 2007 and has become one of the stable veterans on a perpetually young roster.  While Kuhn reportedly had some conversations with other teams, Green Bay seems to be the best fit for him over anywhere else.

Similar to quarterback Matt Flynn, Kuhn flourishes in the Packers offense where he is needed and seems to max out his value potential.

Case in point is last season’s week 17 season finale against the Chicago Bears, when it was Kuhn’s block on defensive end Julius Peppers that allowed Aaron Rodgers to escape the pocket and find receiver Randall Cobb downfield for the go-ahead and game-winning score.  That win helped the Packers secure their third straight NFC North division title.  Now that Peppers is with the Packers, the two can likely share a laugh or two over that monumental play.

The fullback position has changed quite a bit in the NFL overall.  Gone are the days of the I-formation and the need for a bruising fullback to pave the way for the tail back.  With running backs becoming bigger and more versatile and athletic, the traditional fullback is a dying breed.  Green Bay’s offense is no exception.  With the addition of Eddie Lacy in last year’s draft, Kuhn had just 10 rushing attempts in 2013.  In 2010, Kuhn had his career high in carries with 84, mostly due to injuries to other running backs at the time.

Still, keeping Kuhn is valuable for depth purposes and also insurance that there is a wily veteran that can come in on passing downs and help keep Rodgers on his feet.  Kuhn is said to be a great presence in the team’s locker room and will surely assist in bringing the young running backs along as they mature in their early careers.

Of the current Packers backs other than Kuhn, James Starks is the most senior member with four seasons under his belt.  DuJuan Harris, Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin and Michael Hill all have just one season to their credit.  Harris was with the team last year but did not play after being placed on season-ending injured reserve during training camp.

The news of Kuhn’s signing broke via Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and via his Twitter account on Thursday morning.

 

 

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Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.com

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  • GBPDAN

    Kkkuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhnnnnnnnnnn

  • http://aol PackerPatrick

    His role reminds me a bit of Henderson at the end of his career at GB.

  • Since ’61

    Apparently, the story about the end of Kuhn’s Packer career was premature. Keep as much of this offense together as possible, plus the price is right. I like it. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ’61

  • Bob Dylan

    Hallelujah…next we sign Flynn and, aside from a 34 yr old DE, we have the same talented squad that dominated after AR went down! Good thing nobody else improved. Ian Rappaport “Packers with $35 million in cap space will be major players in free agency this year. Look for them to sign 5 FA’s to fill holes” Ted says, I’ll show u! Packers the ONLY team in the NFL to sign zero UFA’s. Ted does what Liberace did, but way less entertaining.

    • SchenySchen

      if you’re going to troll, try to be less obvious….

      • Ed Schoenfeld

        I dunno. I’ve got to give him props for a Walter Busterkeys reference on a football board.

  • Chad lundberg

    Whatever. (on with the dislikes)

  • jim

    if we wanted kuhn for being a running back, this signing doesn’t add up… but, with kuhn’s career receiving and rushing yards totaling less than 1000 yards, it is obvious that kuhn fills a need at positions other than running back… a key cog and leader on special teams, a very alert blocker on the td pass to cobb vs. the bears, a high-character veteran influence in the locker room. you can have the desean jackson’s of the world. i like kuhn.

  • jim

    if we wanted kuhn for being a running back, this signing doesn’t add up… but, with kuhn’s career receiving and rushing yards totaling less than 1000 yards, it is obvious that kuhn fills a need at positions other than running back… a key cog and leader on special teams, a very alert blocker on the td pass to cobb vs. the bears, a high-character veteran influence in the locker room. you can have the desean jackson’s of the world. i like kuhn.

  • Big T

    For that price why not?

  • http://allgbp.com Thegreatreynoldo

    Very reasonable price for a good guy, and one that will be on the 46-man active list on game days. He can show young players that knowing the play book and the scheme can turn into a long career. I am not so sure that it means Kuhn will make the team this year, but the price makes it likelier.

  • Big T

    Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon