Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hawk Lands, Hodge In, Harris & Woodson Magically Appear

(Just an aside...sometimes, folks, in the blogosphere, things happen. Others might refer to "things" by another scatalogical term. But you know what I mean. In this case, this is the third time I have had to re-write this same posting because, through the magic of the Internet -- voila! -- content just vanished at the push of a button. So...will give it one final try...)

The first day of Packers training camp was eventful for two reasons. First, the Packers agreed to terms with their first-round pick, LB A.J. Hawk. The contract is reportedly a six-year deal worth $37.5 million, with $15 million in guarantees. Because details were still being worked out Hawk was not allowed to take part in the Packers' opening practice Friday evening. Things apparently got signed last night so Mr. Hawk will be on hand henceforth.

The Packers also agreed to terms with their last remaining unsigned draft pick, third-round LB Abdul Hodge. Details were not available, other than it is reportedly a four-year deal.

Bottom line is that all the Packers' draft picks are in for the start of training camp. It is especially good that these two talented young linebackers are there from the get-go. It bodes well for a tight defensive unit. It is quite possible that the Pack's linebacking corps could become the strength of the defense. Wouldn't that be nice?

Add to these two signings the appearance of both starting cornerbacks, Al Harris and Charles Woodson, and things are really looking good for the start of camp. Harris showed up despite still being unhappy with the remaining four years on the six-year contract he signed two years ago...a-hem (sorry, you know how I get about these things). Woodson explained his absences from the team's minicamps by saying that he felt he could accomplish more in individual training in Houston. OK. Whatever. New guy. Give him the benefit of the doubt. As long as he performs on the playing field.

So...everyone is present and accounted for at the start of camp. As Martha would say, "It's a good thing." Indeed. Except for the fact that I'm quoting Martha. That's not a good thing. Somebody help me!!!