Green Bay Packers tackle/guard Cole Van Lanen (78) and Josh Myers (71) participate in training camp practice with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers trade OL Cole Van Lanen, Green Bay native, to Jaguars

Multiple roster moves made on Tuesday by the Green Bay Packers included sending hometown boy offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen south to join the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple media reports.

Van Lanen, 24, played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin before Green Bay selected him in the sixth round, No. 214 overall, of the 2021 draft.

In return for Van Lanen, the Packers reportedly will receive an unconditional seventh-round draft pick.

Meanwhile, in other moves to trim the roster down to 80 players, the Packers announced they released WR Danny Davis, another former Wisconsin Badger, who was signed as an undrafted free agent this past May.

The Packers also released safety Vernon Scott, who played in 18 regular season games and one postseason game since being drafted by Green Bay in the seventh round of the 2020 draft, and placed running back Kylin Hill on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

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Sammy Watkins, a professional football player for the Green Bay Packers and graduate of South Fort Myers High School participates in a youth football camp that bears his name at South Fort Myers High School on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

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Packers WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) cleared to practice

Green Bay Packers Sammy Watkins practiced Friday after being removed from the non-football injury list.

The 29-year-old veteran missed the first two practices of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Watkins signed a one-year contract in April worth $1.85 million with just $350,000 guaranteed.

He had 27 catches for 394 yards and one touchdown in 13 games (nine starts) for the Baltimore Ravens in 2021.

A first-round pick (fourth overall) by Buffalo in 2014, Watkins has 348 receptions for 5,059 yards and 34 scores in 99 games (91 starts) with the Bills (2014-16), Los Angeles Rams (2017), Kansas City Chiefs (2018-20) and Ravens.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69)  and head coach Matt LeFleur against the New York Jets during their preseason football game on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers expect LT David Bakhtiari to be ready for camp

Left tackle David Bakhtiari missed all but 27 snaps last season following ACL surgery in 2020, but the Green Bay Packers anticipate his return for training camp in July.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said the Packers are preparing for Bakhtiari to be back on the blindside of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. To make sure of it, the 30-year-old will be rested during most of the offseason, including the second OTA session this week in Green Bay.

“Our plan all along was to hold him from this time of the year and make sure he’s continuing to get stronger and ready to go hopefully for training camp,” LaFleur said Tuesday. “This is part of our process right now.”

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Bakhtiari continues on the road back from an ACL tear on Dec. 31, 2020. He was able to suit up for the final regular-season game last season but has experienced numerous setbacks and required a procedure to reduce swelling and drain fluid from around the knee.

LaFleur said the approach is cautious, but not one that should indicate concern Bakhtiari might experience another injury.

“We just thought, yeah, this is a guy that has played a lot of ball, and it’s best to, you know, hold him from this portion of it,” LaFleur said.

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Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks onto the field with a smile before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Aaron Rodgers to give Packers his decision ‘soon’

Multiple teams have trade offers on the table for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, ESPN reported Thursday.

The report says Rodgers will be informing the Packers “soon” of his decision, presumably about whether to retire, remain with the team or seek an opportunity elsewhere.

Rodgers sent Green Bay and the NFL-watching world into a tizzy with an Instagram post Monday in which he heaped gratitude on teammates and coaches and spoke partially in the past tense. But Rodgers said Tuesday in an interview with Pat McAfee that he had no final answers on his future yet.

Rodgers, 38, won his fourth MVP award in 2021, passing for 4,115 passing yards with 37 touchdowns and four interceptions in 16 starts.

However, the top-seeded Packers (13-4) lost their playoff opener at home to the San Francisco 49ers, kicking off another offseason of speculation about Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) following the Packers' victory over the Chicago Bears during their football game on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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Aaron Rodgers expresses thanks, gratitude in cryptic post

Aaron Rodgers provided potential clues about his future plans in a lengthy social media post Monday night.

The Green Bay quarterback expressed his “Monday Night Gratitude” to his ex-fiancee, actress Shailene Woodley, and his “past and current” Packers teammates on Instagram.

Rodgers, 38, and Woodley reportedly broke off their engagement last week, and there is speculation the four-time NFL MVP could break up with the Packers, too, after 17 seasons together.

In his post, Rodgers specifically thanked fellow Green Bay quarterbacks Jordan Love and Kurt Benkert, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, former offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, former quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy, wide receiver Randall Cobb and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari.

“To my teammates, past and current, you are the icing on the beautiful cake we call our job; football,” Rodgers wrote, in part. “The friendships that we have will transcend our collective time in this game and I am so thankful for the role that each of you have played in making my life that much better. I love you guys, and cherish the memories we’ve made.”

Rodgers won his fourth MVP award in 2021, passing for 4,115 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions in 16 starts.

However, the top-seeded Packers (13-4) lost their playoff opener at home to the San Francisco 49ers, kicking off another offseason of speculation about Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

Appearing on the “Pat McAfee Show” after the divisional playoff loss, Rodgers said “everything is definitely on the table,” including retirement, relocation or a return to Green Bay.

–Field Level Media