Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn is baaaaaaaaaaack…
That was the word yesterday out of Green Bay as the Packers announced the fan favorite will return for his 9th season with the Packers.
Ted Thompson, the Packers’ Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations (that’s some list of titles…) made the official announcement and Kuhn’s agent reported the contract was for one year at $870,000 with a $25,000 workout bonus and $25,000 Pro Bowl bonus.
Even better news is that he’ll count only $635,000 against the 2015 salary cap because of the NFL’s veteran minimum salary benefit. This is the second year in a row Kuhn has signed a one year contract at a lower salary number than the previous year.
At 33 yrs old and coming off a 2014 season that saw him named AP First-Team All-Pro. Kuhn is the rare grizzled veteran on a team perennially known for fielding one of the youngest rosters in the league. Only Aaron Rodgers and Jarrett Bush has been with the team longer.
In addition to Kuhn, the Packers also brought back reserve safety and special teams ace Sean Richardson. Richardson had received a 2.55M Restricted Free Agent offer from the Raiders, which Thompson elected to match.
The Packers had offered Richardson only the minimum tender of $1.542 million, so ex Packers Exec Reggie Mckenzie just helped Richardson earn a cool extra $1M. Plus, with the way the contract is structured, Richardson is guaranteed at least 2.35M, (1.35M signing bonus, $1M guaranteed salary), with the remaining 200K also guaranteed if he passes his pre-camp physical.
That’s not the type of contract Thompson will normally agree to, which Mckenzie surely took into account to make it painful for the Packers to match. With the Packers’ stated commitment to improving their special teams, Thompson bit the bullet and showed he’s not afraid to operate outside his normal parameters.
With Kuhn and Richardson in the fold, will Jarrett Bush be next?——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.