Mike McCarthy got his new contract signed last Friday, three more years added on with a nice boost in pay. McCarthy led the Pack to the Super Bowl title in his fifth year in Green Bay and will not be contractually tied with General Manager Ted Thompson through the 2015 season. His salary is expected to climb to the five million dollar a year range putting among the highest paid in the league. McCarthy's winning percentage is .609 with a 53-34 record, 5-2 in post-season play. ranking him 4th in franchise history in the regular season and second behind only Vince Lombardi (9-1) in the playoffs. On the extension, Thompson said in a statement released by the team, "We are very pleased to finalize this agreement with Mike, he's a good football coach, a good leader and a good man."
Charlie Peprah was also rewarded this weekend with a new, two year contract worth 2.5 million dollars according to his agent. Not bad for a guy cut by the team last year. He played sparingly with Atlanta before getting released and rejoining the Packers in training camp. When rookie Morgan Burnett went down with an injury, Peprah stepped in and started 13 games including the playoff run and played very well for the Pack.
The clock is ticking again this week on a new collective bargaining agreement with negotiations resuming Monday afternoon in Washington D.C.. The owners and players twice agreed to a deadline extension, the first covering 24 hours and the second, announced on Friday, will give the two sides a week. The CBA is set to expire now on March 11 at 4:00 PM Eastern time. The major stumbling blocks to a deal continue to be the owners insistence on an 18 game regular season schedule, a revamped rookie wage scale and retirement and pension benefits for existing and former players.