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 Post subject: John Kuhn is no longer in the Packers' plans for 2016, per r
PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 3:43 pm 
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Green Bay has reportedly made the decision to go into the 2016 without #30 for the first time in nearly a decade.

Godspeed, John Kuhn.

His red beard, short-yardage running, special teams contributions, and fun-to-shout name have made him a living legend for many Green Bay Packers fans. Unfortunately for those fans, the Packers have "moved on" from Kuhn, according to this report from 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek.

If this report is indeed accurate, it will mean that the team will lose the second-longest-tenured player on the team - Kuhn's 9 years in Green Bay (going back to 2007) were tied for second on the team with Mason Crosby, among the players on the 2015 roster. Only Aaron Rodgers had more, with 11 straight years.

Kuhn is currently an unrestricted free agent. However, this report and its timing are a bit curious. The Green Bay Press-Gazette just yesterday reported that discussions were "ongoing" between the Packers and Kuhn's team, and ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports following Matzek's report that Kuhn was unaware of any plans to end those conversations.

In his nine years as a Packer, Kuhn was a Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro fullback, earning the latter honor in 2014. He ran the ball 196 times for 601 yards (3.1 yards per carry) with 15 touchdowns and added 81 receptions for 557 yards (6.9 yards per reception) and another 8 scores. His best statistical season as a runner came in 2010, as he recorded 281 rushing yards and six total touchdowns to help offset the injury to Ryan Grant.

In 2015, he again made the Pro Bowl after a season that saw him run the ball just nine times for 28 yards and two touchdowns and catch six passes for 56 yards.

Kuhn likely would have been willing to accept a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum salary, which was the deal he signed last season. However, the Packers are apparently comfortable moving on with Aaron Ripkowski, a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and Alstevis Squirewell, a converted defensive lineman who was signed as a rookie free agent this week.

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