Packers sign Mulligan

Packers sign Mulligan

There are 43 comments on the WNFL-AM Green Bay story from Apr 8, 2013, titled Packers sign Mulligan. In it, WNFL-AM Green Bay reports that:

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has signed free agent tight end Matthew Mulligan to a one year contract, believed to be around the veteran's minimum salary.

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#22 Apr 19, 2013
eric wrote:
Hey B.P...Ive go no proof but i have a feeling theres going to be more then usual teams moving down ( really trying to ) since mid 1st to mid 2nd round talent is pretty level and of course depending on who can pull off a trade depends ( obviously) on whos drafted or there when we get our shots.NOW, why with such a level board from mid to mid would there be teams trading out? Why not trade a late 1st for an early to mid 2nd ( get basically the same value)AND grab an extra pick. Ive Read Eddie Lacy ( did he benefit from teh best Oline in college football,or is he a solid NFL type back?).Would it shock you to see Minn trading down with 1 of their 1st round picks? OR would it shock you to see Minn combine both and trade up to a top level pick and grab that 1 player?
TT used to trade down quite a bit,but, last year they traded up a few times,they traded the Favre ( NYJ) pick and their own to NE for NE pick and drafted Clay Mathews,SO TT has traded up and back in recent years
Hi Eric.I dont see us trading up in this draft.I do think its possible we could trade back to aquire picks for next year though.And I know there will be some trading because obviously we dont need eleven picks.
normallylikeyell ow

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#23 Apr 20, 2013
I can see both scenarios for the Vikings. If the guy they want is there at 25, they pull the trigger. For instance, word on the street is MN is interested in Monti Te'o. If he's still there at 23, it's doubtful INDY will take him at 24, so they can wait and take him at 25. He's not going to last 'til 52. Otherwise they might be able to move back still get what they want with value.
Teams with a lot of picks tend to jump up in late round 3 and 4, when those compensatory picks kick in, because they've got their eye on someone and start to worry he'll come off the board. I could definitely see MN doing that, especially if they have a WR in mind and haven't selected one.
eric

Verona, WI

#24 Apr 20, 2013
NLY....Can you see Ted taking Menelik Watson LT FSU, so staying with a Justin Pugh G/T Syracuse or a Margus Hunt DE SMU
we could use help on both sides.
heres one thing....If Bulaga fails at LT and ends up at RT is should be interesting
Bulaga is strong as pass protection but average at best Run blocking
Don Barclay..is strong at Run blocking and average at best at Pass protection but hes only played a handful of games including Det,Chi,Minn and SF ( 4 great defenses vs the pass and run) SO Barclay can only get better at Pass protection and improve at Run blocking and GB needs to improve at Running the b all and its no coincidence the Packers averaged a bit more per carry with Barclay at RT then Bulaga
eric

Verona, WI

#25 Apr 20, 2013
John Jenkins NT Georgia would be very cool 2nd rounder.Raji is a free Agent after next year and he also could back up Pickett if need be or play opposite with Jolly as a backup as well.

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#26 Apr 20, 2013
normallylikeyellow wrote:
I can see both scenarios for the Vikings. If the guy they want is there at 25, they pull the trigger. For instance, word on the street is MN is interested in Monti Te'o. If he's still there at 23, it's doubtful INDY will take him at 24, so they can wait and take him at 25. He's not going to last 'til 52. Otherwise they might be able to move back still get what they want with value.
Teams with a lot of picks tend to jump up in late round 3 and 4, when those compensatory picks kick in, because they've got their eye on someone and start to worry he'll come off the board. I could definitely see MN doing that, especially if they have a WR in mind and haven't selected one.
The only way I see us trading up is if we give up a 2nd or third.Were not going to give up either first unless youre talking moving back only a couple spots.We have 23 and 25 so Indy is out of luck.

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#27 Apr 20, 2013
eric wrote:
NLY....Can you see Ted taking Menelik Watson LT FSU, so staying with a Justin Pugh G/T Syracuse or a Margus Hunt DE SMU
we could use help on both sides.
heres one thing....If Bulaga fails at LT and ends up at RT is should be interesting
Bulaga is strong as pass protection but average at best Run blocking
Don Barclay..is strong at Run blocking and average at best at Pass protection but hes only played a handful of games including Det,Chi,Minn and SF ( 4 great defenses vs the pass and run) SO Barclay can only get better at Pass protection and improve at Run blocking and GB needs to improve at Running the b all and its no coincidence the Packers averaged a bit more per carry with Barclay at RT then Bulaga
Here it is Eric.1.Eddie Lacy.2.Travis Frederick.3.John Jenkins.
eric

Verona, WI

#28 Apr 21, 2013
I can see them trading out of the 1st for an upper 2nd and taking Travis Fredreicks ( certainly a need) and taking John Jenkins with their late 2nd.
Im hoping they do move Bulaga to LT ( much better pass protector )a nd if Derrick Sherrod is finally healthy,maybe move him to RT so he and Don Barclay can battle for RT ( both are better run blockers then Bulaga)no coincidence GB ran much better at the end of the season after Bulaga got injured ( sad to say)

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#29 Apr 21, 2013
eric wrote:
I can see them trading out of the 1st for an upper 2nd and taking Travis Fredreicks ( certainly a need) and taking John Jenkins with their late 2nd.
Im hoping they do move Bulaga to LT ( much better pass protector )a nd if Derrick Sherrod is finally healthy,maybe move him to RT so he and Don Barclay can battle for RT ( both are better run blockers then Bulaga)no coincidence GB ran much better at the end of the season after Bulaga got injured ( sad to say)
Ok Eric I suppose Eddy Lacy will probably be gone by 26.Will the Packers go with Cedric Benson and DuJuan Harris,Alex Green,Brandon Saine and James Starks.No offense but I wouldnt want any of the above on my team.Our third guy is better than any of them.And Kuhn doesnt do a very good job of blocking.HHMMMM.

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#30 Apr 21, 2013
Another thought is what in the world are the packers gonna do for reciever.Neither Jordy Nelson,James Jones or Randall Cobb are considered a no#1.It was a big gamble letting Jennings go.Who is behind those guys?What if one gets hurt.I would think the Packers have to draft a reciever as well.
eric

Verona, WI

#31 Apr 21, 2013
Im sure Ted will draft a WR and he has had plenty of luck there ( at some point)
James Jones,Jordy Nelson,Randall Cobb, and up comers Jarett Boykins and Jeremy Ross,so there are fine there.
DuJuan Harris is a good little back,,good power and some speed but id expect GB will find or draft a back at some point as well. I do agree, i wish they would draft a bigger FB.Its no coincidence that GB running game improved after Bulaga got injured and Don Barclay took over.Packers need to get bigger,stronger,faster and nastier/tougher on both sid
es of the line and at least they see that finally ( according to MJS article this morning) SO now they just have to go out there and draft a few guys now.( easier said then done but at least they notice the problem,admit to it) and knowing you have a problem is step 1 and the draft is somewhat deep ( enough) for TT to draft a bigger D lineman and maybe a Tackle or Center.
Im not buying the big loss of Greg Jennings thing though.Minnesota Needs GJ MUCH more then GB does.We will find out 2 things though..
1.G.J. had Brett Favre and Aaron ROdgers,,,now he has Christian Ponder SO did BF and AR make GJ better? OR will GJ help C.P take the next step forward in his development?
2..GJ hasnt played a complete season in a few years,SO will he be able to play a whole season as the main man in Minnesota.IMO, its a chance Minn. had to take,not surprising move at all from either side ( as a Packer fan) it was nice of TT to jump in and make an offer and force Minn. to pay a bit more then they prob. wanted and eat a little more cap space//
also...
I expect JaMichael Finley to have a huge Season! Contract year and something to prove,then expect Finley to move on after.Hes had a few average years in GB, they won a SB w/o him So take advantage of the huge year coming up from him and enjoy it.IF GB takes a TE early in the draft,they can speak volumns of Finley's future in GB,if they stay away from TE who knows.

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#33 Apr 21, 2013
eric wrote:
Im sure Ted will draft a WR and he has had plenty of luck there ( at some point)
James Jones,Jordy Nelson,Randall Cobb, and up comers Jarett Boykins and Jeremy Ross,so there are fine there.
DuJuan Harris is a good little back,,good power and some speed but id expect GB will find or draft a back at some point as well. I do agree, i wish they would draft a bigger FB.Its no coincidence that GB running game improved after Bulaga got injured and Don Barclay took over.Packers need to get bigger,stronger,faster and nastier/tougher on both sid
es of the line and at least they see that finally ( according to MJS article this morning) SO now they just have to go out there and draft a few guys now.( easier said then done but at least they notice the problem,admit to it) and knowing you have a problem is step 1 and the draft is somewhat deep ( enough) for TT to draft a bigger D lineman and maybe a Tackle or Center.
Im not buying the big loss of Greg Jennings thing though.Minnesota Needs GJ MUCH more then GB does.We will find out 2 things though..
1.G.J. had Brett Favre and Aaron ROdgers,,,now he has Christian Ponder SO did BF and AR make GJ better? OR will GJ help C.P take the next step forward in his development?
2..GJ hasnt played a complete season in a few years,SO will he be able to play a whole season as the main man in Minnesota.IMO, its a chance Minn. had to take,not surprising move at all from either side ( as a Packer fan) it was nice of TT to jump in and make an offer and force Minn. to pay a bit more then they prob. wanted and eat a little more cap space//
also...
I expect JaMichael Finley to have a huge Season! Contract year and something to prove,then expect Finley to move on after.Hes had a few average years in GB, they won a SB w/o him So take advantage of the huge year coming up from him and enjoy it.IF GB takes a TE early in the draft,they can speak volumns of Finley's future in GB,if they stay away from TE who knows.
One more thing though...Jennings never had a running back like All Day.If they stack the box Jennings is gonna get open.If they dont theyll get a good dose of AP.Plus Jennings doesnt have to carry the load alone.Jarius Wright showed allot of potential and Simpson has some speed on the other side.Plus we have Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson at tightend.Carlson never seemed to get going after getting injured in training camp but he has produced in the past in Seattle.I always have read that the Vikings may indeed trade up but I dont see it being Travon Austin cause I heard Frazier say he wants a big guy with some speed.Wright already has the middle.It must be Cordarrelle Patterson.Watch out Packers Nation.Greenbays offense declined last year statistically so I think Jennings made more of a difference than you think.
eric

Verona, WI

#34 Apr 21, 2013
But Jennings had Rodgers,now he has Ponder.Green bays much better and deeper at WR,you have Peterson but GB still has a better offense and id take James Jones or Randall Cobb over Jennings,Jennings was nice as a 3 but not for 9M or so.You got a WR who can produce for you and is a nice addition no doubt,someone GB could replace and Minn needed or needs.How much difference he will make remains to be seen.Ponder is a good qb,Rodgers is a Great qb and that has to be considered to a certain point! GB has more WR,deeper and better WR as well,unless Rodgers made them,then comes up with the next question,,did Rodgers make Jennings better and if so, what can Ponder do for him?
Dont forget Jennings had Brett and Aaron a HOFer and a future HOFer,now he has Ponder,so Jennings has to make Ponder better,did BF and AR make GJ better? who knows we will all find out soon my friend.
eric

Verona, WI

#35 Apr 21, 2013
In short,i like Greg Jennings hes a nice deep threat,but it would have been stupid for GB to pay him what Minn. paid him as GB is still in good shape at WR.Dont forget also,Jennings hasnt played a complete year in a few years and hit the 30 mark,Maybe he plays a Favre and has his best year his 1st with Minn,then falls off,but, GJ has some football left,so i dont think he will hit a wall,but, Jennings is the main man at WR even if you have Wright and you do have AP but you still have Ponder so again, we will see,Minn. should improve but how much is the question

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#36 Apr 21, 2013
eric wrote:
But Jennings had Rodgers,now he has Ponder.Green bays much better and deeper at WR,you have Peterson but GB still has a better offense and id take James Jones or Randall Cobb over Jennings,Jennings was nice as a 3 but not for 9M or so.You got a WR who can produce for you and is a nice addition no doubt,someone GB could replace and Minn needed or needs.How much difference he will make remains to be seen.Ponder is a good qb,Rodgers is a Great qb and that has to be considered to a certain point! GB has more WR,deeper and better WR as well,unless Rodgers made them,then comes up with the next question,,did Rodgers make Jennings better and if so, what can Ponder do for him?
Dont forget Jennings had Brett and Aaron a HOFer and a future HOFer,now he has Ponder,so Jennings has to make Ponder better,did BF and AR make GJ better? who knows we will all find out soon my friend.
Ill say this.You had better recievers last year than the Vikings.Im not so sure you will this year.As far as youre depth goes you have three undrafted wide recievers.Jennings turns 30 in September.You know who else is almost 30.Rodgers.Dec.2nd.

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#37 Apr 21, 2013
eric

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#38 Apr 21, 2013
( KNOCK ON WOOD) Rodgers hasnt had the injury history of Jennings though.There was a reason GB let Jennings go,they have WR in waiting who will p/u where Jennings left off.IF TT offered more cash Jennings would have stayed,theres a reason why TT didnt, they have WR and didnt need to pay for Jennings,alls Ted did was drive the price up as Minnesota had to sign him as they lost Percy Harvin and honestly Minn WR corp fell back i believe Talent wise ( at this point) id rather have Harvin but Jennings again is a nice p/u,as long as he stays healthy Minnesota will have something! Its going to be really weird seeing Jennings in purple though.

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#39 Apr 21, 2013

“Zimmer Turner Overdrive”

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#40 Apr 21, 2013
Mandarich.
normallylikeyell ow

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#41 Apr 21, 2013
Wow, you guys have a quite a bromance going... Good talk.
eric, I love Pugh, but I doubt we're drafting a T early. You look at the teams we struggle with (and our schedule) and they run the football. We need depth in our Dline rotation, and we could use a good LB for the same reason. I was just suggesting that a LB may be the best player on the board at 26, though Pugh is very tempting because at his size and mobility he could also play guard. I get the feeling they are feeling OK about their tackles, even though we fans aren't. One of the better corners will probably be on the board at that pick too--though that's where INDY might pounce just ahead of us. Or MN. If Marcus Truffaunt slipped to there... He's the best of the brothers. The Jets will take either Millner or Rhodes (the latter would be my guess). The Saints or Bengals will possibly grab the other.
All the pundits are talking S to replace Woodson, but I feel like they've drafted several the last two years. We've got 5 guys who are 25 or younger at that position. I think Jenkins is a good pick (suggested him awhile back). You know my feelings about Lacy (he's no AP) and you can draft good ones later.
I agree we'll take a WR at some point. I believe in Jarrett Boykin and I think they do too. I don't worry about having Jody Nelson and James Jones as WR. A lot of teams would like to have them. It's just injuries that concern me. Jennings and Nelson were out last year and that definitely hurt our production.
eric

Verona, WI

#42 Apr 21, 2013
From what ive read.TT is going both lines early.Lets hope a big ole DE/NT early
IF we knew Bulaga can play LT,( pass blocking as well at LT as he does at RT and can at least run block average) that would eliminate that..Throw in DJ Falker at RT ( for a nice piece to improve the running game)
but..NT/DE ( IMHO) should be first round or early 2nd if they trade down and grab an extra pick.Although i wouldnt be against a Jonathon Banks pick either a goo CB and if Tramon still has that nerve damage in his shoulder still,you have to wonder if it will ever heal and with a Banks being drafted and the other guys there,they are covered but again,DE/NT should be top priority if not that Oline,,Travis Fredericks center UW ( maybe a bit early at 26 as T.F. is prob an early 2nd but a nice reach move there) or a Melilek Watson Tackle FSU would be another great move.DJ Fulker maybe ( assuming they are still there of course)thats just my take on it.As you said,RB can be found later on and a better oline makes an average RB better,i wish we had a LB we could convert to FB or draft a FB.we should have never gotten rid of Vonta Leach.Nelson did have some issues last year,but, Jones was consistent,Cobb is going to be a star,Boykins will be solid,I think Jeremy Ross will do ok as well.I can see TT taking a WR as both Nelson and Jones are both FA after next year so losing 1 of them is a def. possibility ( maybe both who knows)

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