Nothing official from the Packers yet but it's only a matter of time before Mike McCarthy signs a three year contract extension after leading the Pack to the Super Bowl XLV Championship in Arlington, Texas. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting the deal would be added on to the two years remaining on McCarthy's contract and keep him tied to General Manager Ted Thompson who signed his extension on Friday through the 2015 season. The deal would come with a nice boost in pay, reportedly averaging five million dollars a year, making McCarthy among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the league. Under McCarthy, the Packers are 53-34 in five years, making the playoffs three times with his post-season record at 5-2. McCarthy was among 10 coaches hired before the 2006 season and only two remain on the job, Mike and Sean Payton of New Orleans who both have won the Super Bowl.
Another assistant coach is leaving. The Packers aren't bringing back Curtis Fuller who spent two seasons with the team, first as a quality control assistant and last year as the coaching staff administrator. Wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson has already left the team to become the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach for Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys.
Franchise tags are being slapped on players all across the league as the collective bargaining agreement nears it's expiration date on March 3. Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Vincent Jackson, David Harris and Haloti Ngata were all hit with the tag which locks those players in to their respective teams with a salary guaranteed to be at the average of the five highest player at their position. In the case of the quarterbacks, that comes to as much as 22 or 23 million dollars for 2011. The Packers haven't exercised that option yet. Among the players eligible are Cullen Jenkins and Daryn Colledge. Considering the uncertainty of the NFL off-season, the Packers just might to decline the opportunity this year and if a CBA is reached, allowing those two, along with the likes of Mason Crosby, Brandon Jackson and James Jones to become unrestricted free agents.