Jones, Kuhn back with Packers
Agent Frank Bauer said Sunday that Jones has agreed to a three-year deal with the team, and agent Kevin Gold said Kuhn has agreed to a three-year deal.
Specific financial terms were not disclosed. Gold said Kuhn’s deal puts him among the best-paid fullbacks in the league.
Bauer said Jones is glad to be back and the Super Bowl champions are happy to have him.
“Everybody’s very, very happy,” Bauer said, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Several media outlets reported Jones’ deal earlier Sunday, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jones explored the free-agent market, but several teams looking for receiving help signed other free agents. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said the team should make keeping Jones a top priority.
Kuhn was considered a fullback going into last season, but took on additional rushing responsibilities late in the season after the Packers were hit with injuries. Kuhn became something of a folk hero to Packers fans, scoring five touchdowns — three rushing, two receiving — in the final five games of the regular season.
Fans at Lambeau Field yelled “Kuuuuuuhn!” whenever he touched the ball.
Speaking to reporters in Green Bay earlier Sunday, Rodgers said he still was holding out hope that Jones and Kuhn both would return to the team.
“I am, yeah, for sure,” Rodgers said. “He’s an important part of this team. He plays a big role for us. We need to add him back, I think. We need to add John Kuhn back. Those are two guys out there right now who are important to us. It’s not my decision, but I’m definitely pulling for those guys to bring ’em back.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier Sunday that he hoped to have both players back after losing guard Daryn Colledge to Arizona, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to Philadelphia and backup running back Brandon Jackson to Cleveland in free agency. The Packers have retained kicker Mason Crosby.
“You’re always hopeful to keep your own players,” McCarthy told reporters in Green Bay. “So, yeah, I’m hopeful that both of those guys are able to come back. Just like the men that left here. You don’t want to lose your own guys, that’s for sure. That’s the way we’re built. We draft them and develop them, but the reality is you can’t keep everybody. It’s hard to see some go. That’s just the nature of our program.”
Jones, a third-round draft pick out of San Jose State in 2007, has 149 catches for 2,069 yards and 13 touchdowns in four seasons. He also has three touchdowns in seven playoff games. He had five catches for 50 yards in the Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh.
Jones’ return leaves the Packers well-stocked at wide receiver, including Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson and second-round draft pick Randall Cobb. Brett Swain and a handful of lesser-known players also will get a look during training camp.