John Kuhn, one of the Green Bay Packers’ many unsung heroes last season, is ready for the lockout to end so he can figure out where he’ll be playing this coming season.
“Free agency is what it is,” Kuhn, who likely will be an unrestricted free agent, told Packer Report on Friday. “You’ve got to entertain all offers and let teams wine and dine and court you a little bit, but at the same time, I really like it in Wisconsin. I love the fans. I love living here in Wisconsin. It’s a great place for me and my family and I like playing for the Packers. We’ve got a really good team so I’d love to come back, but at the same time, you can’t handcuff yourself. You’ve got to let free agency play itself out and see where the chips fall and get yourself a fair chance.”
PackerReport.com subscribers can read our full Q&A with Kuhn later this weekend.
Kuhn, who bought a house in Green Bay last year, has been working out at a local YMCA to keep in shape since the lockout has made Lambeau Field’s workout facilities off-limits.
“I’m really anxious for this to get settled and taken care of,” he said. “It’s gone on long enough now and I think everyone’s a little bit tired of it. At the same time, it is out of my control. I can’t handle it, so I roll with the punches and take things day by day and hope for the best.”
Kuhn’s fifth season in the NFL was easily his best. In a bit of a flashback to his days at Division II Shippensburg, when Kuhn set school records with 4,685 rushing yards, 5,300 total yards and 53 total touchdowns, the fullback-turned-halfback filled part of the massive void in the backfield left after Ryan Grant suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the opener.
He rushed for 281 yards and scored six total touchdowns after rushing for 18 yards and two scores in his first four seasons in the league. A take-charge final drive helped Green Bay run out the clock against Detroit in Week 4 and he scored three touchdowns in a must-win victory over the Giants that jump-started the Packers’ six-win run to the world championship.
Kuhn won a Super Bowl ring with Pittsburgh in 2005, when he spent the season on the practice squad. Kuhn keeps that one in a safe and rarely looks at it.
“I’ve shown this one off quite a bit now,” Kuhn said. “It’s really, really neat. The fans love it, my family loves it and it’s something I’m going to cherish for a long, long time.”
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