GREEN BAY – John Kuhn had mentally prepared himself to leave. In the end, he didn’t have to. And the Green Bay Packers veteran fullback couldn’t be happier about it.
Kuhn hit the open unrestricted free agent market in March but ended up returning to the Packers on April 3, signing a one-year, $1.03 million deal that includes a $100,000 signing bonus, and $855,000 base salary, a $25,000 workout bonus and $50,000 in per-game roster bonuses.
While his agent, Kevin Gold, did field calls from other teams, returning to the Packers made the most sense because of the niche he has carved out for himself and the fan favorite he’s become.
“You always test the market, you hear from other people, and you question whether you will (come back) or not, but I’m super excited to be back,” Kuhn said after walking the Baird blue carpet at the Wisconsin Sports Awards Thursday night at the Kern Center on the MSOE campus. “We’ve got a great fan base in Wisconsin, I love the fans, and I really love being a Packer.
“This is the perfect place for me, especially at this point and time in my career.”
Kuhn figures to have the same role as he had last season, playing on special teams and seeing spot duty in the backfield. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has expressed a desire for all of his halfbacks – Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris, Johnathan Franklin and Michael Hill – to be proficient as pass-blockers in order to be three-down backs, but to this point, only Kuhn has the coaches’ absolute trust in that role.
“I love being part of the team, I think I can serve the team very well through the course of the season,” Kuhn said. “To be here where the fans are tremendously great and an offense that suits everything I do well, I think it’s a perfect fit.”
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