Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison, a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, left the team following the conclusion of their offseason last June and did not return to the team due to a “personal matter.”
According to The Athletic’s Michael Cohen, Madison left due to the death of his college teammate Tyler Hilinski, and it could prevent him from returning to the team.
“The death of Tyler is in his head,” a source familiar with Madison’s situation told Cohen. “I don’t think he’s coming back. At least he’s not showing signs of it right now.”
Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State who had been dealing with CTE, took his own life in January 2018.
“He’s still dealing with some of the things that he was dealing with at the beginning of the season last year,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said of Madison.
“Obviously we wish him the best and we’d love to, at some point, get him out there on the field to help us. But when that time is going to be, we’re not there yet.”
Packers Bringing Back Jimmy Graham in 2019
Graham will receive a $5 million roster bonus on March 15th, and Green Bay is fully expected to pay the tab to keep him on the team moving forward.
Graham hauled in 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay last season.
49ers, Packers Interview Wes Welker
Welker has spent the last two seasons serving as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans.
Welker was blocked from interviewing for the Denver Broncos’ wide receiver coaching gig last year.
Packers’ Davante Adams Excited About New Offense Under Matt LaFleur
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is excited about playing in a new offense under newly hired Packers’ head coach Matt LaFleur.
“It was a great first impression,” Adams said of LaFleur, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
“Great guy, young cat, which is great. You can be personable with him. He’s a good guy. I like his philosophy. He wants to bring in a new kind of innovative style — an illusion of complexity. I like the idea of that. He kind of explained that to me. A great first impression so we’ll see how it goes.”
Adams expressed his excitement about playing in a new-style offense under the first time head coach, an offense he referred to as being “new school”.
“A little more innovative, some more ‘new-school’ stuff, not necessarily trick plays,” Adams said.
“I think the RPO stuff will still stay alive, some of his crossing patterns, a lot of different things that maybe we didn’t do as much of in the past, he’ll bring that in. And moving me around, to get me different ways to get touches too is going to be big — moving me inside, outside, just different opportunities, putting me in spots where I can really maximize my potential.”
Adams is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Green Bay, his second straight Pro Bowl selection.
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