Gutekunst, McCarthy looking forward to next season as NFL Combine is underway
INDIANAPOLIS (WLUK) -- Coaches, scouts and management are on hand in Indianapolis to see the best 300 prospects for this year's upcoming NFL Draft.
Packers new general manager, Brian Gutekunst, said former GM, Ted Thompson, is not currently at the combine but a lot of talk centered around the team's quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers has two years left on his deal and Gutekunst confirms the team is trying to get an extension done with Rodgers.
And said he sees it getting done before the start of next season, if not sooner.
"I don't think there is pressure. I think we would certainly like to get it done sooner rather than later. When you have the best player in the National Football League, it's not going to be inexpensive. Obviously Aaron is a high priority and that should take care of itself," Gutekunst said.
The new general manager would not specify on the dollar amount, but reports are out about what it could be and we could see Rodgers get paid more than $40 million per year.
Now there is also a lot of money due to the wide receivers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, each commanding more than $10 million this season.
"It's a big puzzle and everything affects everything else, and as we go through and the information comes in, we'll have a better idea of we can and can't do. Those guys are really good players, we don't want to let them walk out the door, but it's about the team and field that strongest team that we can," Gutekunst said.
There are still a couple other key free agents to re-sign, including Morgan Burnett, who has been the quarterback of the secondary.
During the first day of Combine, head coach, Mike McCarthy talked about a changing of the Packers culture, "Our culture is what makes it go, it's how we sustain success. It definitely has been changed and on a lot of levels, it's been adjusted too."
McCarthy says he has really been focused on his coaching staff and putting a new playbook together.
"I have a new coaching staff, so predominantly the last five weeks I have been hunkered down with the perimeter group, going through the passing game and Mike Pettine has done the same with the defense, so we are kind of in a year one format. Unfortunately, we have a couple extra weeks there before the Super Bowl. Our approach is the same and the focus is when the players get back April 16, we are ready to go because every minute they are available; they are our priority," McCarthy said.
McCarthy also added that they've been going back and doing comparable analysis through the years with the film.
They're looking at all 12 years of Rodgers in 4 year groupings to find out what they liked, didn't like.
The coaching staff is really building from the ground up how they want to do things moving forward.
With a 7-9 season last year it was time for change, and that's exactly what's happening.