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BLOG: Has Pack 'moved on' from Dover High grad Kuhn?
Is John Kuhn's long stint with the Green Bay Packers finally at an end?
The definitive answer appears to be maybe.
There are conflicting reports circulating about the future of the Dover High School graduate.
The 33-year-old fullback has made no secret that he wants to keep playing for the Packers, the team he has been with since 2007.
According to WTMJ, an AM radio station in Milwaukee, the team has “moved on” from the Kuhn era.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky, however, is saying that Kuhn hasn’t heard anything about the team wanting to move on.
Finally, USA Today is reporting that there is “mutual interest” between the Packers and Kuhn.
That should clear things up.
Over the years, Kuhn has become a cult hero in Green Bay, where the fans constantly chant "Kuuuuhhhnnn" whenever he gets one of his rare touches. He's better known as a lead blocker for the run game and a valued pass protector for superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He's also a three-time Pro Bowler, including a 2016 appearance.
Kuhn's spot on the Packers' roster, however, has been in doubt in each of the past couple offseasons. His advancing age, and the fact that the importance of the fullback position has diminished over the years in the NFL, has put him in a tenuous situation.
Last year, Kuhn only played in 27 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps and 35 percent of the team's special teams snaps.
It's been speculated the team may want to replace him with someone younger and cheaper. Last year, the Packers used a sixth-round draft pick on fullback Aaron Ripkowski. This year Green Bay signed Alstevis Squirewell, a former Newberry College defensive lineman who may have the athletic potential to play fullback in the NFL.
Either of those players could take Kuhn's job.
Last year, Kuhn played for the veteran's minimum of $870,000.