GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU)The Green Bay Packers are beginning their off-season workouts today. They're voluntary, but almost two dozen players get contract bonuses for being at the "organized team activities."
A two-week strength and conditioning period begins today. Individual drills will be highlighted in Phase-Two, which lasts three weeks. Finally, there are four weeks of drills which end with the Packers' mandatory three-day mini-camp.
Coach Mike McCarthy values the workouts so much that the Packers pay more than any N-F-L team to have players there. E-S-P-N says Green Bay has four-and-a-third million dollars of O-T-A payments in players' contracts -- more than last year's total of three-point-six million, which also led the league. Bonuses range from 25-thousand to a half million.
Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and Sam Shields get that top amount. Those without contracts who take part in the entire O-T-A's get 52-hundred dollars -- which could be the only football income for the more inexperienced free agents.