Packers Ink Six-time Pro Bowl Guard Jahri Evans

Free agent guard Jahri Evans said earlier this month: “I’m just waiting for that phone call” and he finally did, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

Evans is signing with the Packers, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Evans parted ways with the Saints this offseason after spending 11 years with the club that chose him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Evans started all 16 games for New Orleans last year and finished as the 36th-ranked player at his position, per Pro Football Focus.

Green Bay has a need at the position after losing right guard T.J. Lang to the Lions. Instead of having to burn a draft pick on a lineman, the Packers will allow Evans to fend off the likes of Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy and Lucas Patrick for the starting role.

A Look at the 2017 Packers Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out, and here’s a look at the Packers slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Seattle Seahawks 3:25 PM

Sep. 17 at Atlanta Falcons 7:30 PM

Sep. 24 Cincinnati Bengals 3:25 PM

Sep. 28 Chicago Bears (Thu) 7:25 PM

Oct. 8 at Dallas Cowboys 3:25 PM

Oct. 15 at Minnesota Vikings 12:00 PM

Oct. 22 New Orleans Saints 12:00 PM

Oct. 29 BYE

Nov. 6 Detroit Lions (Mon) 7:30 PM

Nov. 12 at Chicago Bears 12:00 PM

Nov. 19 Baltimore Ravens 12:00 PM

Nov. 26 at Pittsburgh Steelers * 7:30 PM

Dec. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Cleveland Browns 12:00 PM

Dec. 17 at Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM

Dec. 23 Minnesota Vikings (Sat) 7:30 PM

Dec. 31 at Detroit Lions 12:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: The Pack could get off to a fast start, as three of the first five games will be at home this season, with a big start to the season as they go up against a NFC West rival in the Seahawks on opening day.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: They will wrap up the season with three of the last four on the road, and that could interfere with home field should they need it. Luckily one of the games is in Cleveland against a team that didn’t win a game till the second to last week in 2016.

Packers Pick Up Former Bears Second-Round Pick DL Ego Ferguson

On Monday, the Packers claimed former Bars second-round pick, Ego Ferguson who was waived on Friday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The defensive lineman wasn’t seen as a fit in the Bears’ 3-4 scheme, and didn’t ingratiate himself with a four-game suspension in 2015 for using a performance-enhancing drug.

He was first waived with an injury designation at the end of training camp last year because of a shoulder problem. He cleared waivers, was put on injured reserve and stayed with the Bears.

Packers Visit with Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon

The Packers advanced their evaluation of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon with a pre-draft visit earlier this week, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com.

Mixon’s absence from the NFL Scouting Combine under a conduct policy has generated additional interest from clubs in Mixon for visits and private workouts.

“Because he wasn’t at the combine, teams have to bring him in. They have to talk to him in person, they have to get all medical questions answered,” Garafolo told Up to the Minute Live on Thursday.

Running back is a position of need for Green Bay. Former Packer Eddie Lacy went to the Seattle Seahawks via free agency. The Packers hold the No. 29 overall pick in the first round, and select No. 61 overall in the second round. NFL personnel executives have told NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah in recent days that Mixon will come off the board in the second round.

Mixon also has visited or has scheduled visits with the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

Aaron Rodgers Declares the Packers Will Be Tough to Stop in 2017

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined Evan Daniels of FOX Sports on his podcast Thursday to break down the NCAA tournament and how being overlooked coming out of high school drove him to be great.

Of course, Rodgers also was asked about the upcoming season, Aaron Nagler of USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports.

“We probably need a couple more pieces on defense before the season starts, but we’re going to be really tough to stop on offense,” Rodgers said of a unit that has added tight ends Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks. “(Coach) Mike (McCarthy) has a great system that’s ever evolving and changing, and I put my stamp on it once we get it down on paper.”

“It’s exciting, man. Green Bay Packers fans should be excited.”

Packers Pro Bowl Guard T.J. Lang Feels He’ll Hit the Open Market

Packers Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang believes there’s a good chance he will hit the open market, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

That’s how Lang described his mindset a little more than three weeks before the start of free agency.

Lang, who likely would be the Packers’ most expensive free agent to re-sign, said Monday in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he “hasn’t heard a word” from the Packers about a new contract.

“I said it after the season about obviously wanting to stay in Green Bay, and I still feel that way, but at this point I don’t really have any other options,” Lang said. “I have to prepare as if I’m going to hit the open market and see what the options are.”

“The closer it gets, the more prepared I am to go out and see what’s out there,” Lang said. “A part of me, too, stresses a little bit just [about] the unknown sitting here thinking maybe there will be five, six, seven teams that come after me and then maybe there’s only one team. Maybe there’s not any teams. Are teams going to be turned away because I had the hip surgery even though it’s a pretty common procedure around the NFL?

“But I’m just excited to see what’s going to happen. If Green Bay calls and we can get something done, that would be awesome. But if not, I’m sitting a good spot here, too, coming off a pretty solid year and making my first Pro Bowl, which was a great honor. It’s been so long since I was in this position to choose who I want to play for, since college when I picked Eastern Michigan.”

Is Tom Brady Really The Best Quarterback Of All Time In The NFL?

Now that the New England Patriots have secured a place at the Super Bowl on Sunday February 5th, there is even more discussion about the career of Tom Brady. This will be the 7th Super Bowl appearance for the 39-year- old Patriots quarterback. So, is Brady the best quarterback in the NFL? And what about the claims that he’s the best in NFL history in that position?

The California born Brady has certainly come a long way since he regularly attended San Francisco 49ers games and watched his hero Joe Montana. Let’s take a look at why Brady is now a hero himself and, according to many experts, the best quarterback ever.

Still shredding defenses at 39

There is no question that Brady is still impressing fans in the NFL and he certainly makes The Patriots’ receivers look good. The guy tore apart Pittsburgh’s defense in helping The Patriots to an emphatic 36-17 win as they progressed towards their ninth Super Bowl appearance.

Brady has certainly been instrumental in the Patriots’ success. This has led to many of the games’ biggest experts referring to him as the best quarterback in the NFL at present; although he does not always get enough credit for the influence he has.

Is Brady the best ever?

There are many who believe that Brady can lay claim to being the best quarterback ever and not just in the current NFL line-ups. Let’s examine a few reasons why this may be the case.

  • The post season record of Brady is an impressive 21-8. This is five more wins than his own childhood hero Montana.
  • Brady has completed a total of thirteen Super Bowl touchdowns; a record.
  • The Californian quarterback has achieved MVP status three times at Super Bowl.
  • Brady has led the the Patriots to twelve AFC East division titles in his career. He is the first quarterback to achieve this figure.
  • The four Super Bowl rings achieved by Brady means he is tied for the most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback with Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

All of this makes for an impressive list of achievements by the player who was drafted by the Patriots way back in 2000. It’s also worth remembering that he has more combined regular season and post season wins than any other quarterback in the history of the NFL.
If you are an NFL fan, then you probably have your own opinion about who is the best quarterback of all time. You may have more regard for Manning, Staubach, Bradshaw or Montana than Brady. But this will not necessarily stop you from putting your faith in Brady when you take advantage of legal betting on the Super Bowl and place a wager on The Patriots for the big game.

Whether you believe that Brady is the best quarterback of all time or not, you have to believe that the guy is going to have a major influence over events on February 5th.

Packers Set to Be More of a Player in Free Agency in 2017?

The Packers under General Manager Ted Thompson have not been major players in free agency but that might be changing, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.

Appearing on Thursday’s edition of NFL Total Access, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport relayed expectations that Green Bay will be more aggressive than usual this offseason.

“From what I’m told,” Rapoport said, “I would think the Packers are going to go and get some free agents this year along with trying to re-sign Jared Cook — which is a priority for them.”

That’s not to say Thompson is ready to go on a shopping spree. During Thursday’s season-ending press conference, Mike McCarthy reminded reporters that Thompson still has the same philosophy of building through the draft, re-signing his homegrown talent and using the open market judiciously.