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Kampman - "We'll See What Happens"

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  1. PackAttackUK

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    Packers' Kampman ahead of schedule in knee rehab, looks to future



    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers linebacker Aaron Kampman says the rehabilitation work on his injured left knee is ahead of schedule and he expects to be ready for the beginning of training camp.
    Now he just needs to figure out where he'll play next season.
    Kampman, a two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Packers, has played all eight of his NFL seasons in Green Bay. But he's scheduled to become a free agent, and his future with the team remains unclear.




    "Obviously, this is the only place I've been, and it'd be great to continue my career here," Kampman said Monday in the wake of Green Bay's 51-45 overtime playoff loss at Arizona. "But we'll see what happens."

    While Green Bay might be a familiar environment for Kampman, his 2009 season was awkward at times.

    New defensive coordinator Dom Capers scrapped the Packers' 4-3 defensive scheme and installed his version of the 3-4. He asked Kampman to switch from defensive end to outside linebacker, requiring him to learn the nuances of standing up at the line of scrimmage instead of playing as a down lineman, and sometimes dropping into pass coverage.

    Kampman initially seemed less than enthusiastic about his role in the new scheme, but he earned consistent praise from coaches for the work he put in to the transition.

    "Obviously I've gotten used to this 3-4," Kampman said. "I didn't get a chance to get a full year to critique and say, 'Hey, this is great.' But I was starting to get more comfortable with it. Having said that, I have a lot of experience in the 4-3. I think that I can do both."
    Kampman didn't rule out his potential interest in signing with a team that runs a 4-3 defensive scheme.

    "I think that'll all play itself out," Kampman said. "There's a couple months to see exactly what's going to happen."



    Kampman's season-ending knee injury happened during the Nov. 22 game against the San Francisco 49ers, and he had surgery Dec. 4. He said he is "very encouraged" by his progress in rehabilitation and expects to be ready to hit the field in training camp.

    "Things have gone very, very well," Kampman said. "I'm very thankful."

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    I think Kampman may well be on his way
     
  2. Green_Bay_Packers

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    Only time will tell if we keep Kampman I think he will become a free agent
     
  3. Drew Brees

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    Saints could use a new LDE :search:
     
  4. Green_Bay_Packers

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    HAHAHA LOL Take him!
     
  5. randymoonsthepacks

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    I know the vikings would LOVE to have him. I doubt that jared allen and aaron kampman combined would be any match for your o-line tho... ;)
     
  6. tfrentz

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    I think we had some of our best "D" after he got hurt but that is just me, I do think not have harris in there for this last game did hurt us. If he was there then Bush would have been replaxced with Williams and that would have been better for coverage I think.
     
  7. angryguy77

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    If i had to bet it would be that he signs with Minn. Just think that would be the best fit for him.
     
  8. Eclipse612

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    Why does every former Packer have Minny as a best fit? That thing really scares me. Are we becoming the Vikings' farm team?? I'm kinda joking, but we can't afford to give up any more talent to that team in our division.
     
  9. Jess

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    Franchise him, then trade him.

    Similar to Favre, I want to at least delay him going to Minnesota.
     
  10. BBalzWI

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    Yeah it almost is too bad that we didn't have more years with him on contract. . .he'd be a great deal for most teams to pick up and we could get something for him in return.

    Not to treat him like a pawn because he is after all a freakin' amazing DE and I love watching that guy beat offensive linemen time after time but in the big scheme now that we're 3-4. . .he doesn't fit that well.

    Either put him in 100% as a DE in the trenches and re-sign him or try to re-sign him and trade him off. . .blah that sounds so wrong, I love seeing that guy in green and gold.

    Hope that his career goes well wherever he goes, just stay away from the ugly sister. . .she's already re-married to another legend from GB.
     
  11. Ted's Zombie Army

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    Kampman to Minnesota wouldn't suprise me. He's an Iowa native so I could see him sticking close to home. The Packers won't be at too much of a disadvantage if they lose him. He really doesn't play as well in this 3-4 as Brad Jones.
     
  12. JamesCA

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    I would like to see the Packers sign him and since he'll be coming off the knee injury use him as a pass rushing specialist opposite Matthews. It would be like Dallas and San Francisco used to use Charles Haley. If he shows he can play every down, they can trade him then or he could make a big difference as a pass rusher where he or Matthews can line up in different places and rush the QB.
     
  13. PackerManLV

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    I think it depends on wether the let pickett go or keep him. That outcome should determine kampmans future with the pack. Thats just my op
     
  14. NYPacker

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    I think that the best decision for the pack would be to keep kampman. Even though he hasn't adjusted well to the 3-4 he would be tremendous in situations such as run support and a 3 man only pass rush. Hey we would be giving a situational player $8-9 million but i think that it would be worth it. Look chillar is a limited player who only comes in on certain snaps and also got a hefty contract extension, why can't we do the same for kampy?
     
  15. JamesCA

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    I would agree, especially since he will be used to the 3-4 and will spend less time thinking and more time reacting. Jones seemed to disappear in the last few a games and Kampman would be a great bookend to Mathews rushing the QB. Also, since Kampman will be coming off a knee injury he won't be playing every snap and can be more of a pass rush specialist at least in the beginning of the year.
     

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