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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet

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UFA running backs class has depth and risk

Posted Mar 4, 2013

Rams' Steven Jackson heads list of backs with age and injury

Leading up to the official start of free agency on March 12, packers.com will examine the league’s unrestricted free agents, position by position. In the second installment, we look at the running backs.

GREEN BAY—The Packers know they need to run the football better. The statistics say that. Mike McCarthy says so, too.

Free agency this year is full of running backs that could play any number of roles, from a feature guy to a complimentary piece to a safe backup. The list of available backs is long.

The odds of the Packers showing genuine interest may also be long, but it could depend on what happens in the draft.

The late-season emergence of DuJuan Harris also might have changed the team’s outlook. Prior to Week 14, Harris had never carried the ball for the Packers. Then he toted it 62 times for 257 yards and four TDs over the last six games, including two playoff contests.

One free agent, Cedric Benson, could be brought back to Green Bay. The Packers liked how their offense was developing with Benson in the lead role until a foot injury ended his season in Week 5. With a long rehab still ahead and the draft in less than two months, there’s no rush to re-sign Benson, but it remains a possibility.

Benson’s age and injury issues will keep him off the radar for a while, much like last year. Other free-agent backs are sure to generate as much or more attention. Here are nine that fall into that category:

  • Steven Jackson has voided the last year of his contract with the Rams to become a free agent after nine years in St. Louis, and he’s the prize at this position. Jackson has rushed for at least 1,000 yards eight years in a row, with his per-carry average for a full season dropping below four yards only once. He’s a true workhorse, averaging 45 receptions per season, too. He turns 30 this summer but has remained durable, missing just two games over the past four years, so teams will be trying to determine just how much he has left.

  • Reggie Bush got a new lease on life in Miami the past two seasons, rushing for more than 2,000 yards with 12 TDs in 2011-12 and averaging a healthy 4.7 yards per carry in doing so. That production far outshined his rushing numbers in five seasons in New Orleans, where he was featured more as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He has taken far fewer hits than most first-round running backs who have played seven years.

  • Rashard Mendenhall was a star in Pittsburgh for three seasons (2009-11), rushing for 3,309 yards and 29 TDs before a knee injury cost him a third straight 1,000-yard season in the final regular-season game of 2011. His return from injury last year was unproductive and then got ugly, leading to a suspension imposed by the team. He carries injury and character risks, but he’s only 26.

  • Shonn Greene, the former Iowa standout, has increased his production each of his four seasons with the Jets, including consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns in 2011-12, with 14 rushing TDs. He has missed only one game in his career and has improved his ball security, losing just one fumble the last two seasons after losing five his first two years in a more limited role.

  • Felix Jones appeared headed for big things after posting 1,250 yards from scrimmage in 2010 for Dallas (800 rushing, 450 receiving). He was then surpassed on the Cowboys depth chart by DeMarco Murray and no doubt wants to be a main man again, but his 3.6 yards per carry last season was a career low.

  • Peyton Hillis tried to parlay his 1,177-yard, 11-TD season for the Browns in 2010 into a big contract and instead became a big headache, with injuries to boot. His 2012 season in Kansas City was a disappointment and he wants a chance to prove 2010 wasn’t a fluke.

  • Danny Woodhead has been nothing but productive in a complimentary but multi-faceted role in the Patriots’ high-powered offense over the last three years. He has never had more than 100 carries or 40 receptions in a season, yet has averaged 4.8 per rush and 10.7 per catch in New England. His value in a different offense could be hard to gauge. Perhaps Tom Brady’s restructured contract increases the chances he stays put.

  • Ahmad Bradshaw has been available to any team since being released as a salary-cap and injury casualty in early February, but he’ll be coming back from foot surgery he says he should have had a year ago, despite topping 1,000 yards in 14 games for the Giants last season. New York will now feature the younger David Wilson, but Bradshaw insists he’s not done as a No. 1 runner.

  • Michael Turner, cut last week by Atlanta, has been in the league nine years and as a feature back the last five. The biggest red flag, other than the fact that he turned 31 last month, is that his yards per carry dropped almost a full yard last season, from 4.5 in 2011 to 3.6 in 2012. He’ll still be tough to deny in short yardage or on the goal line, though. His 10 rushing TDs last season marked his fifth straight year in double digits.

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