Dec 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings place kicker Greg Joseph (1) kicks a field goal during the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers signing K Greg Joseph

Former Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph will stay in the NFC North and sign with the Green Bay Packers, his agent announced on social media Tuesday.

The one-year contract is worth up to $1.295 million, NFL Network reported.

Joseph, 29, “had other interest but liked this opportunity,” agent Brett Tessler wrote on Twitter.

Green Bay will have a kicking competition with Joseph, recently signed Jack Podlesny and incumbent Anders Carlson, who was inconsistent as a rookie in 2023.

Joseph is the Vikings’ record holder for longest field goal (61 yards, in 2022) and most game-winning field goals (five in 2022). He made 24 of 30 field-goal attempts (80 percent) and 36 of 38 extra-point attempts (94.7 percent) last season, with a long kick of 54 yards.

Joseph has played for the Cleveland Browns (2018), Tennessee Titans (2019) and Vikings (2021-23). He has made 100 of 121 field-goal tries (82.6 percent) and 146 of 162 point-after tries (90.1 percent). He has delivered touchbacks on 71.3 percent of his kickoffs, including 80.9 percent in 2021.

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LT David Bakhtiari says farewell to Packers after 11 seasons

All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari announced the end of his 11-season run with the Green Bay Packers on Monday.

“I gave it my all. I always gave it my best no matter the circumstance and to me, that truly was enough,” he posted on X. “… For whatever happens next, I look forward to it. To the city and fans all across the world, I just want to say thank you.”

There was no official word from the Packers on Bakhtiari’s release as of 1 p.m. ET Monday. The oft-injured 32-year-old veteran was due to earn a $20.2 million base salary with a $40 million cap hit in 2024, per Spotrac. His dead-cap hit is $19.1 million.

A two-time first-team All-Pro (2018, 2020) and three-time Pro Bowl selection while protecting former quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blind side for a decade, Bakhtiari played only one game last season due to a recurring knee injury.

Bakhtiari played only 13 of Green Bay’s 51 regular-season games from 2021-23. He started all 131 of his games with the team since being drafted in the fourth round in 2013.

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Nov 11, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Jeff Hafley acknowledges the fans during the first half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Packers hire Boston College’s Jeff Hafley as defensive coordinator

The Green Bay Packers hired Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley as defensive coordinator on Wednesday.

Hafley, 44, was a defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13), Cleveland Browns (2014-15) and San Francisco 49ers (2016-18) before his second stint in the college ranks.

“We are excited to welcome Jeff, his wife, Gina, and their daughters, Hope and Leah, to the Packers and the Green Bay community,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said in a statement. “Jeff has had success at every stop of his coaching career with an impressive track record of developing players at every level. We look forward to him leading our defense.”

Hafley was co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Ohio State in 2019, when the Buckeyes had one of the top defenses in the nation in several statistical categories. He was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award as the top assistant football coach in NCAA Division I.

Hafley was 22-26 in four seasons at Boston College, going 7-6 in 2023, including a win over No. 22 SMU in the Fenway Bowl.

“I loved my four years at Boston College,” Hafley said in a statement released by Boston College. “This is an exceptional place to coach given the caliber of student-athletes we recruit, the facilities, and the support from the University and BC fans. I will miss the players who gave so much of themselves these past four years, and my wife Gina and I will certainly miss the BC community and the many friends we have made here.”

Hafley coached at the college level from 2001-11 before his NFL coaching experience.

In replacing the fired Joe Barry, Hafley becomes the third different defensive coordinator as LaFleur enters his sixth season as Packers head coach.

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Kingsley Enagbare (55) and linebacker Lukas Van Ness (90) celebrate following Enagbare's fumble recovery against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their football game on Sunday, December 17, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wis.

Report: Torn ACL for Packers LB Kingsley Enagbare

The Green Bay Packers fear linebacker Kingsley Enagbare tore an ACL in Sunday’s wild-card win against the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network reported Monday.

Coach Matt LaFleur told reporters after the 48-32 win that the knee injury did not look good for the second-year player.

Enagbare, who turns 24 on Thursday, played in all 17 games (four starts) and contributed 37 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season.

The 2022 fifth-round draft pick has five sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 68 tackles in 34 games (11 starts).

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Dec 31, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed (11) scores a touchdown  as Minnesota Vikings safety Josh Metellus and safety Camryn Bynum (24) attempt to make the tackle during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers WR Jayden Reed (chest) to have more tests

Green Bay receiver Jayden Reed will reportedly have more tests after leaving Sunday night’s win at Minnesota with what the Packers called a chest injury.

NFL Network reported Monday that X-rays on Reed’s ribs were negative but that he is sore and his status for Week 18 is in doubt.

Reed, 23, caught six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of Sunday’s 33-10 win, which set up a win-and-they’re-in playoff scenario for the Packers (8-8) in their regular-season finale against Chicago at Lambeau Field.

Reed has broken the franchise’s rookie record with a team-high 60 catches this season. He also leads Green Bay with 681 receiving yards and is tied with Romeo Doubs for the team lead with eight touchdown receptions.

The Packers selected Reed in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft out of Michigan State.

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Dec 17, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield shines as Buccaneers defeat Packers

Baker Mayfield completed 22 of 28 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled away for a 34-20 win over the host Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon in Green Bay, Wisc.

Chris Godwin finished with 10 catches for 155 yards to lead Tampa Bay (7-7). Mike Evans, Rachaad White, Ko Kieft and David Moore had one touchdown catch apiece from Mayfield, who finished with a season high in passing yards and touchdowns.

Jordan Love completed 29 of 39 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay (6-8). Tucker Kraft and Jayden Reed each hauled in a touchdown catch.

The Buccaneers scored touchdowns on each of their first three drives of the second half.

Mayfield connected with White for a 26-yard touchdown on the first possession after halftime. That increased Tampa Bay’s lead to 20-10.

Green Bay cut the deficit to 20-17 with 4:18 to play in the third quarter. Reed made a catch along the right side of the end zone and got both feet in bounds for a 17-yard touchdown.

The Buccaneers made it 27-17 on Kieft’s first reception of the season. He caught a short pass and barreled across the goal line for a 2-yard score.

Green Bay settled for a 33-yard field goal from Anderson Carlson to pull within 27-20 with 10:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Buccaneers then delivered their longest score of the game to make it 34-20 with 6:30 left. Mayfield fired a quick pass near midfield to Moore, who made two defenders miss and outraced the rest of the Packers’ secondary for a 52-yard touchdown.

Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead on its opening possession. Chase McLaughlin made a 39-yard field goal.

In the final minute of the first quarter, the Packers pulled ahead 7-3. Kraft hauled in a 5-yard pass for the second receiving touchdown of his rookie season.

The back-and-forth battle continued as Tampa Bay took a 10-7 edge on the next possession. Evans caught a 19-yard pass for his 11th touchdown.

A 36-yard field goal by Carlson evened the score at 10-all with 7:09 remaining in the first half.

Tampa Bay grabbed a 13-10 halftime lead thanks to a 46-yard field goal by McLaughlin with 10 seconds left.

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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) is helped off the field after getting injured in the second quarter againsst the Los Angeles Chargers during their football game Sunday, November 19, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

Report: Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) out for ‘MNF’

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (knee) is not expected to play Monday night, NFL Network reported.

Jones is likely to miss his third straight game — sixth overall — with the knee injury he first suffered Nov. 19. He’s officially listed as questionable. He was also hampered by a hamstring injury earlier this season.

A.J. Dillon would draw the start for the Packers (6-6) with Patrick Taylor as his backup against the New York Giants (4-8).

Jones has rushed for 245 yards and two touchdowns in seven games this season. He has 19 catches for 169 yards and a TD.

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Aug 24, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Kenyan Drake (31) leaps over Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Caleb Sanders (67) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

RB Kenyan Drake joins Packers practice squad

Running back Kenyan Drake signed with the Green Bay Packers, joining the practice squad with a chance to be elevated quickly to help a depleted backfield.

The 29-year-old posted a series of messages on X noting he was in Green Bay, where injuries are piling up at the position.

The Packers (6-6) have been without running back Aaron Jones for the past two games due to a knee injury.

Drake was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 17 after appearing in two games. He joined the practice squad of the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 31 but was released on Nov. 28. He spent the 2023 preseason with the Indianapolis Colts.

Drake has rushed for 3,866 yards and 33 touchdowns and has 218 catches for 1,655 yards and eight scores in 103 games (44 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2016-19), Arizona Cardinals (2019-20), Las Vegas Raiders (2021) and the Ravens (2022-23).

Jones has been limited to 66 carries for 245 yards and two touchdowns in seven starts this year. AJ Dillon has carried the load in his absence despite dealing with a groin injury.

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