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Old 04-10-2007, 11:58 AM    (permalink
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The Green Bay Packers have signed linebacker Nick Barnett to a six-year contract extension that will make him one of the highest-paid players on defense.

Terms of the deal weren't known, but Barnett was believed to have received a signing bonus of at least $10 million and a yearly average between $5 million and $6 million.

"I think both sides walked away thinking a long-term committment was in place," said Barnett agent Chuck Price. "We're very pleased to reach this deal."

Talks had heated up in the last week and Barnett was mulling whether to take the money the Packers were offering or play out the season and become an unrestricted free agent next year. Barnett had one year left on his contract and would have earned $1.95 million this year.

Barnett was expected to be made available duirng a noon press conference at Lambeau Field.
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Nice move by the Packers to lock him up long-term.
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Good move by the Packers. I still think they should switch him and Hawk, though. Hawk would be an absolute beast at MLB.
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Great move. Barnett is one of my favorite LB's.
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This is great news, I'm glad it's finally resolved. Barnett earned it, and props to him for not becoming a whiny ***** like Javon Walker did about getting an extension.
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Barnett is a nice player. Between Him and Hawk, the LBs are gonna be good for a while now
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Old 04-10-2007, 01:29 PM    (permalink
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Ahhh thank you TT.
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Solid move by the Packers. Barnett is a quality player...
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Good move by the Packers. I still think they should switch him and Hawk, though. Hawk would be an absolute beast at MLB.
No way, Hawk has the speed and coverage ability better suited for OLB, Barnett is a tweener MLB/OLB and I think having him and Hawk on the outside would make for some crazy blitz schemes and great flat coverage. Plus we could put a hard nosed run stopper at MLB (Hodge).

Great signing though, I've been nervous that TT was going to let him walk like Walker, I look forward to watching him play for the next 6 years.
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That's a very nice long-term signing. With Hawk and Barnett in that linebacking core it should be one of the best for a long time.

Ideally I would like to see the Packers playing this setup:
WLB: A.J. Hawk
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However that may never happen. Even so, half the time it's only Barnett and Hawk on the field anyway which is as good of a linebacking unit as any in the league.
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Wow this is great news, I am glad we were able to get him re-signed, that probably will be our biggest move of the off-season, which is fine, being able to retain him is just as important as signing a big name player.
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TT didn't let Walker walk, he was traded.....
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Hawk and Barnett will be key pieces to one of the NFLs best LB cores for years to come. Adbdul Hodge could be the final piece if he shows he can be succesful at OLB.
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Hawk and Barnett will be key pieces to one of the NFLs best LB cores for years to come. Adbdul Hodge could be the final piece if he shows he can be succesful at OLB.
I think Hodge is going to stay in the middle the only palyer that will move outside is Barnett. But what happens to Poppinga? maybe Barnett will be moved before our bye week is Poppinga doesnt do well.
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I think Hodge is going to stay in the middle the only palyer that will move outside is Barnett. But what happens to Poppinga? maybe Barnett will be moved before our bye week is Poppinga doesnt do well.
Hodge will not start at MLB; he'll stay as a backup or be traded. Barnett, Hawk, and Poppinga will be the starters for the future. Hodge is a nice player but he doesn't deserve to start over one of those three
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Hodge will not start at MLB; he'll stay as a backup or be traded. Barnett, Hawk, and Poppinga will be the starters for the future. Hodge is a nice player but he doesn't deserve to start over one of those three
The thing i don't like about Poppinga though is the fact that he's like 28ish in his 3rd year. Not really that big of a deal... Just me nit-picking.
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Good move by the Packers. I still think they should switch him and Hawk, though. Hawk would be an absolute beast at MLB.
I agree completely. I think Hawk is a stud MLB playing OLB.
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I agree completely. I think Hawk is a stud MLB playing OLB.
Even when he was in college I have always thought of Hawk as a MLB. With how well he played last year I don't feel a strong need to move him, but i would like to see them at least try it in the preseason a bit. Barnett seems as though he is better for the outside but he doesn't want to move. Part of that reason was due to being close to contract time and he didn't want his numbers to go down. Maybe with this he would give it a chance.

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Even when he was in college I have always thought of Hawk as a MLB. With how well he played last year I don't feel a strong need to move him, but i would like to see them at least try it in the preseason a bit. Barnett seems as though he is better for the outside but he doesn't want to move. Part of that reason was due to being close to contract time and he didn't want his numbers to go down. Maybe with this he would give it a chance.

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No matter how it ends up i am feeling very good about the LB position. I would like to see the last one happen, but if Hodge doesn't show he is ready I am fine with Brady.

I like what you're saying and I wouldn't mind if Barnett and Hawk switch but I don't want Poppinga moved out so Hodge can play MLB
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Hodge is an incredibly good football player. I think once he makes the jump to the NFL, he'll start for us regardless. People tend to forget just how good he was at Iowa.
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