Packers notebook

Review of news, notes from past week, look ahead to shareholder's meeting; draft picks numbers

The Packers announced July 20 they had accepted the resignation of John Jones and had formed a search committee to hire the club's new chief executive officer.

Jones had been placed on administrative leave of absence May 26, four days before he was to assume the reins of president and CEO from retiring Bob Harlan. At the time, the Packers' executive committee cited undisclosed management concerns for temporarily removing Jones from the front office.

Jones' health was previously dismissed as a reason for the ouster; he underwent open-heart surgery in June 2006.

However, in the release announcing Jones' official departure, he said, "What happened to me a year ago was sudden and devastating. Due to a previously undetected, rare birth defect of the heart, I experienced an aortic dissection. I underwent a series of complex emergency heart surgeries in June 2006. I am grateful that I survived.

"However, like many heart surgery patients, I have found that the residual effects of the surgeries have made it difficult to continue my current job. The Packers mean so very much to me, but my family means more. I need to put my health and continued recovery above everything else. I am proud of my service to the team and to the community and have done everything I could to prepare the Green Bay Packers for the future. The Packers have been fair to me during this process, and I appreciate it."

Peter Platten, speaking on behalf of the organization's executive committee, said, "It has become clear through our discussions with John that his recent leave of absence was unfortunately caused by his medical situation. Both John and the Packers wanted to take the necessary time to evaluate the appropriate course, and we appreciate the professionalism with which he has handled this matter. At no time have we questioned his integrity or character."

Jones reportedly had an annual salary of about $900,000 in his existing contract, all of which would probably be paid in the next three years as part of the agreement with the team.

Harlan has remained on board as team chairman until a successor can be found.

The search is expected to pick up now that the organization has settled with Jones. Among the possible candidates that have been bandied about are current team executives Andrew Brandt (vice president of player finance), Jason Wied (vice president of administration) and Vicki Vannieuwenhoven (vice president of finance), as well as first-year Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt, a Wisconsin native who once worked in the Green Bay front office.

Four is enough
The Packers will go into training camp with four quarterbacks.

Jerry Babb, who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana-Lafayette, didn't make the cut after participating in the off-season minicamps and organized team activities, as reported on in early July.

Starter Brett Favre and heir apparent Aaron Rodgers are locks to make the team coming out of camp, which starts July 28. Ingle Martin is in good shape to be the No. 3 quarterback for the second straight year. He'll have competition, though, from undrafted rookie Paul Thompson, a converted receiver from Oklahoma whose athleticism could keep him in the mix.

Martin was shaky directing the No. 1 offense in place of Favre and Rodgers, who were recovering from ankle and foot injuries, respectively, during the full-squad minicamp in May. Martin, a fifth-round draft pick last year, said he learned from the experience and vows to bring a competitive spirit to training camp.

"If you're not always looking to climb up the ladder, I think you'll sell yourself short and someone else will step up and take your spot," Martin said. "Right now, I'm trying to work up the ladder. I always prepare like I want to be the second-string quarterback (and) the first-string quarterback. I think I'd be selling the Packers and fans short if I was just happy to be the third quarterback."

Shareholders meeting on Wednesday
The abrupt dismissal of Jones and how general manager Ted Thompson didn't fulfill upgrades on offense sought by Favre figure to be hot topics broached by fans at the team's annual shareholders meeting July 25.

The publicly owned franchise invites dialogue between those who are holders of team-issued stock certificates and its decision-makers, including Harlan and Thompson.

Due to a large turnout, the meeting is held at Lambeau Field.

Brooks, Butler inducted into team hall of fame
Receiver Robert Brooks and safety LeRoy Butler were inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Former teammate Antonio Freeman presented Brooks for induction. ESPN anchor John Anderson, a Green Bay native, presented Butler.

Draft picks update
The Packers were headed toward taking the final week before training camp starts July 28 to get the majority of this year's draft picks under contract.

As of today, they had six of their 11 drafted rookies unsigned: first-round defensive tackle Justin Harrell, second-round running back Brandon Jackson, third-round receiver James Jones and the sixth-round trio of fullback Korey Hall, linebacker Desmond Bishop and kicker Mason Crosby.

-- S Aaron Rouse: 3/89; $2.314M/4 yrs, $649,000 SB; 2007 cap: $447,250.

-- OT Allen Barbre: 4/119; $2.101M/ 4 yrs, $436,000 SB; 2007 cap: $394,000.

-- WR David Clowney: 5/157; $1.835M/4 yrs, $170,000 SB; 2007 cap: $327,500.

-- RB DeShawn Wynn: 7/228; $1.715M/4 yrs, $50,000 SB; 2007 cap: $297,500.

-- TE Clark Harris: 7/243; $1.706M/4 yrs, $41,000 SB; 2007 cap: $295,250.

Quote to note
"I would think it would be a fun time. I think any time you're a part of something like that, it's a special time, and I think our team would view it that way."
-- Head coach Mike McCarthy on quarterback Brett Favre's entering the season on the brink of breaking a handful of all-time league records, including wins (needs two), touchdown passes (seven) and pass attempts (136).

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