18th April, 2014

Packers Sign Sean Jones

April 18, 1994 – The Packers bolster their defensive line by signing Sean Jones. The former Raiders and Oilers defensive end signs a three-year deal worth $7.8 million. “It’s a tremendous relief to me,” says Packers General Manager Ron Wolf. “It fills a need that the Packers have – a glaring need for a defensive player opposite Reggie White that can cause concern among offenses we play.”

17th April, 2014

Paul Hornung Suspended for Gambling

April 17, 1963 – Paul Hornung, the league’s leading scorer from 1959-61, is suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle for allegedly betting on and transmitting information on football games to gamblers. “I made a mistake,” Hornung says. “I realize this now. I am truly sorry. What else is there to say?” Rozelle also suspends the Lions’ Alex Karras.

16th April, 2014

Packers Grab Gbaja-Biamila, Tauscher

April 16, 2000 – General Manager Ron Wolf unearths two late-round gems in the NFL draft. In the fifth round, the Packers select San Diego State defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who goes on to become the team’s all-time sack leader. In the seventh, the Packers grab Wisconsin tackle Mark Tauscher, who becomes a fixture at right tackle for 11 seasons.

15th April, 2014

Packers Select Bubba Franks, Chad Clifton

April 15, 2000 – Ron Wolf collects several longtime starters in the 2000 NFL draft, with two coming on day one of the event – tight end Bubba Franks in the first round and tackle Chad Clifton in the second. Franks replaces Mark Chmura, who’s facing a sexual assault trial, as a starter in his rookie season and Clifton starts 10 games in the first year of a 12-year tenure with the Packers.

14th April, 2014

Packers Acquire Their All-Time Leading Rusher

April 14, 2000 – The Packers fleece the Seattle Seahawks when they trade cornerback Fred Vinson for running back Ahman Green. Although Vinson was a second-round pick, he never played a game for Seattle because of injuries. Green went on to become the Packers all-time leading rusher. The Packers also received a fifth-round pick as part of the deal. 

13th April, 2014

Carroll Dale Becomes a Packer

April 13, 1965 – The Packers bolster their passing game by trading linebacker Dan Currie to the Rams for receiver Carroll Dale. Currie, Green Bay’s No. 1 draft choice in 1958, was named first team All-Pro by at least one news organization from 1961 through 1963. Dale was the Rams’ second leading receiver in the five years since being selected in the eighth round in 1960. 

12th April, 2014

Earl Dotson Gets One More Year

April 12, 2002 – The Packers announce that they have re-signed veteran right tackle Earl Dotson for what will prove to be his 10th and final season with the team. A starter for the majority of his career, Dotson served as Mark Tauscher’s backup in 2001. In 2002, Dotson would start 11 games and play in 14 while Tauscher was injured.

11th April, 2014

Terrell Buckley is a No-Show

April 11, 1994 – Terrell Buckley’s failure to show up for a three-day minicamp hasn’t gone unnoticed by Packers Coach Mike Holmgren. “I’m disappointed,” Holmgren says. The minicamp, held in Mesa, Ariz., is not mandatory. A year earlier, Buckley was fined for missing a mandatory camp while playing minor-league baseball for the Atlanta Braves.

10th April, 2014

Mike Holmgren Gets His Out

April 10, 1998 – It’s reported that the Packers have agreed to add an out clause to Coach Mike Holmgren’s contract. The language allows Holmgren to leave the team after the 1998 season if he gets an offer that allows him to serve as both coach and general manager. President Bob Harlan says the Packers are also discussing an extension with Holmgren. The coach ultimately uses the clause to leave for Seattle.

9th April, 2014

The Future of the Franchise is Born

April 9, 1898 – Packers founder, player and coach Earl Louis “Curly” Lambeau is born in Green Bay. Lambeau’s association with the Packers lasted from the club’s formation in 1919 until his resignation as coach in early 1950. During that span he won six NFL titles, pioneered the forward pass and was named to the 1920s All-Decade Team. Lambeau was part of the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1963.