Poppinga resigned; Packers' stockholders told team working to do what's fair with Favre
Green Bay Packers' linebacker Brady Poppinga has signed a four-year contract extension through 2012.
Reports say it's worth $17.5 million, including a signing bonus of $3.5 million.
That's about what free agent linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Boss Bailey got earlier this year.
Poppinga could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this year and Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson was so happy about the signing, he announced it at Thursday's annual stockholders' meeting which was attended by 9,300 team owners and guests.
Also, the Packers have struck a deal with the fifth of their nine draft picks -- fourth-round defensive end Jeremy Thompson. Fourth-rounder Josh Sitton signed earlier Thursday.
That leaves second-round receiver Jordy Nelson to be signed before training camp starts Monday, along with second-rounder Brian Brohm and third-round pick Jermichael Finley.
Also, the Packers cut three players Thursday; former Wisconsin punter Ken DeBauche, corner Kyle Ward, and linebacker Marcus Riley.
If you still think Brett Favre might return as the Packers' starting quarterback this fall - well, let's just say the team's owners have been told otherwise.
Before the annual stockholders' meeting Thursday, fans were entertained by last year's highlights on the video board. They included Favre's emotional retirement news conference and at the end, an announcer said, "One of the greatest players will be missed, but not forgotten."
Then when the meeting started, Packers' President Mark Murphy wasted no time addressing it. He said the team wants to be fair to Favre, while doing what's in the Packers' best interest.
That brought calls from some of the crowd to bring Favre back.
Thompson got more cheers than boos when he was introduced. He called the Favre case a complicated matter and Thompson recognized that fans are split on what should happen.
"Families sometimes disagree - and we'll always be family." Thompson told the stockholders.
Later, in reviewing the Packer roster, Thompson said there were three quarterbacks. Favre was not mentioned.