John Kuhn would love nothing more than to return to the Green Bay Packers for at least one more season. According to a source I spoke with Thursday morning, the Packers have "moved on" from the 33-year old veteran fullback.
In a recent interview on Sports Central, Kuhn expressed his desire to continue his playing career - ideally in Green Bay. Barring an injury at the position, Kuhn and his agent will be looking elsewhere for work.
Kuhn joined the Packers in 2007 and was a four-time NFC Pro Bowl selection at fullback (2009, 2011, 2014, 2015). While he carried the ball just 9 times for 28 yards in the 2015-2016 season, Kuhn's value extended far beyond the stat line.
Kuhn was often lauded by coaches and teammates for his knowledge of the offense, and ability to block and catch out of the backfield. Still, the Packers started down the path of replacing the veteran fan-favorite when they drafted fullback, Aaron Ripkowski in the 6th round of the 2015 draft.
Kuhn signed a 1-year, $870,000 veteran's minimum contract in April of 2015, and became a free agent March 9, when the new league year began. As the Packers inch closer to block one of OTA's, it appears they are set to move on with Ripkowski as their fullback of the future...or present.
Using James Jones as an example, it is certainly possible Kuhn could wind up back in Green Bay even if he signs with another team. More than likely, however, if Kuhn signs with another team prior to training camp (which I suspect will happen), his time in the green and gold will be over.