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Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:34 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 8:48 am
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's Day 126 of the lockout but here's the latest evidence that the 2011 NFL season could be just days away: PFT reported Monday night that the Packers are telling their players to be ready to show up on Saturday, July 23. And ESPN Wisconsin Packers beat writer Jason Wilde seconded the report, calling it "100 percent true" after confirming with two sources.

Specifically, PFT writes: "Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Packers are telling players that the doors will open on Friday, and that the team wants the players in town in order to get started on preparations for training camp and the preseason."

This comes four days after Lions linebacker Zack Follett tweeted that he "Just received word it would be the 25th of July we would be able to report back if a deal got done. Pending approval by all parties."

As we mentioned last week, until the owners and players agree on a new collective bargaining agreement everything is "pending approval," but the two sides have come a long way in the last few weeks, and there's now every reason to believe we'll have actual football very soon.

What this means for the August 7 Hall of Fame Game between the Bears and the Rams is another matter, and there are still the logistics of working out a supplemental draft, and an abbreviated free-agency signing period, along with training camps and the preseason.

But if teams are telling players to be ready to go to work this weekend (even if the NFL hasn't technically given them permission to do so), things are moving in the right direction, and quickly.

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Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

I'd be pumped if this is true and we see the owners and players come to an agreement.  Getting a deal made is the big thing here because I can't wait for this football season to start up.  Hopefully it's something we will see wrapped up and let's see if there is any cost concious moves made by teams in regards to the free agents...or is it going to be a waterfall of money as before.  I know that the focus is on the rookie salaries (as it should have been) but overall if we keep seeing player salaries increase then we will keep seeing the ticket, parking, concession, and souvenir prices go up.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Take the three players you named and add Crosby, Bigby, Peprah, Jackson and Colledge. Oh, and Blackmon. Those are just the UFA.
Blackmon? He was cut during last season and finished the year with the Giants. And they re-signed Peprah to an extension right before the lock-out. Nice research.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Big 10 Realist - allow me to school you on your own team, squirt. Take the three players you named and add Crosby, Bigby, Peprah, Jackson and Colledge. Oh, and Blackmon. Those are just the UFA. I don't even know who the RFAs are, but the Packers will have about three days to lock them all up. At least be a realist here. The Packers have a ton of free agent work to do, whether their fans are too stupid to see it or not.



Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

i hope all players report , we need some football !



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

lmao! that is hilarious...exactly how did the Pack cheat? i believe you were just butt hurt that they made Cutler cry and beat the little bears soundly.



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

I totally agree and I like the caps comment!!



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

This could also begin the Free Agent Frenzy...a lot of talk about the Cardinals and Eagles trading a corner (DRC)  for a quarterback (Kolb) - even as far as this is a done deal...Let me say, DRC doesn't really fit what the birds do/will do so i am not sure this is going to happen. I am still sticking with my pre draft thought that the Eagles and Cards had a deal where the Cards drafted the player the Eagles wanted in order to trade said player for Kolb later. I say its Kolb and a third for Patrick Peterson. You heard it here first !



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Packers official and QB Rodgers deny this report

A high-ranking Packers' official has denied this report.  Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN that no contact was made between the team and the players and that this article from PFT is in fact false.  Furthermore, the official noted that even at the ring ceremony, the Packers' officials avoided giving any updates to the players: "During the Packers' Super Bowl ring ceremony last month, sources say several young players had questions about the logistics of getting to camp but were informed that the organization was not allowed to discuss those details."  The official's only concession was that "veteran players are allowed to communicate to teammates that they should be prepared to report Saturday on a voluntary basis for medical exams and informal meetings once the NFL gives the green light under contingency plans known as the 'Transition Rules.'"  (Source: )

Furthermore, Aaron Rodgers also denies this report.  He  the following: "I definitely haven't been contacted about anything in gb this weekend, for the record"

I'm sure everyone who will use the PFT report as a way to attack the Packers will refuse to believe the official and Aaron Rodgers, but "a source with knowledge of the situation" may not exactly be reliable.  There have been many reports during the lockout that proved to be false, so this could be wrong as well.  I just think both sides should be mentioned before anything is declared as fact.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

Packers are the champs and we and everyone else will be gunning for them.  No reason to deny they won it all and deserved it.  We had two chances to knock them out and came up short.

Hopefully the offense realizes they need to protect Cutler this year for them to get over the hump.  Packers gelled at the end of the year and won it all with what they had.  The notion that they will be better because they are getting injured players back is false.  They will be a different team.  They still can only line up 11 guys on both sides of the ball.


Peppers needs to hit in the midsection and not the helmet this year!!!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday

And as far as AES is concerned down below.  The Packers do not have "a ton" of free agents to sign.  I can really name off Cullen Jenkins, James "Hands of Butter" Jones, and a third string running back.  They are equiped to win it all again, since the injured players from a year ago are coming back.


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