The Green Bay Packers re-signed All-Pro fullback John Kuhn, one of their most popular players, on Monday.
According to an e-mail from agent Kevin Gold, the one-year deal is worth the league minimum $870,000 and includes a workout bonus and a bonus should Kuhn be selected to his third Pro Bowl.
In 2014, Kuhn played in all 16 games with two starts, rushing 24 times for 85 yards (3.5 average) and one touchdown. He was picked for his second Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press. He also started both playoff games.
In eight seasons in Green Bay, Kuhn has played in 123 of a possible 128 regular-season games plus all 13 playoff games. His playing time decreased last season to 195 snaps in the regular season, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That’s down from 324 in 2013, 383 in 2012, 407 in 2011 (when he was picked for his first Pro Bowl), 327 in 2010 and 235 in 2009, when he was one of three fullbacks on the roster.
However, his playing time increased as the season progressed. At the bye following the Week 8 loss at New Orleans, Kuhn played 58 snaps, or 7.3 per game. During the final 10 games, he played 191 snaps, or 19.1 per game. The increase in playing time corresponded with Eddie Lacy’s strong second half to the season. Lacy’s 929 yards from scrimmage in the final eight regular-season games were the fourth-most by a Packer since 1978 and the most since Ahman Green’s 1,098 in 2003.
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