Dom Capers not expected to return to Packers

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Capers came to Green Bay in 2009 and the defense saw results early on.

According to Spotrac, Adams' $14.5 million average annual salary will be the fourth-highest in the National Football League next season behind those of Antonio Brown ($17 million), DeAndre Hopkins ($16.2 million) and A.J. Green ($15 million). They allowed 24.0 points per game.

In 2010, Capers' defense allowed the second-fewest points in football on its way to bringing home a Super Bowl title.

This is all despite the team using its first draft pick on a defensive player in each of the last six years.

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The 67-year-old Capers said last month that he planned to coach "as long as I enjoy it". Besides Capers and Sanders, McCarthy also fired special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum after the 2014 season.

But since then, the Packers never reached the top 10 in either category. He holds a 48-80 regular-season coaching record for the Carolina Panthers (1995-1998) and Houston Texans (2002-2005). He also was the secondary coach for the New England Patriots in the season before joining the Packers.

The Packers have not officially announced the firing of Capers, who joined the team in 2009.

The move is an especially big one for the Packers considering Adams has emerged as their No. 1 receiver over the past two years and was primed to entertain a serious bidding war on the open market. There will be other changes among the defensive coaching staff to follow.