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The Packers Fromagerie: April 01, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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"Extensions? No bro, it's all my own hair."

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Vic Ketchman's "Ask Vic" - Reader Q&A on draft prospects, how the Packers' scouts evaluate talent, and if Rodgers will do what Brady did with regards to his contract.

Peter King's MMQB - Palmer to Arizona, Flynn to Oakland moves make sense, but they're not guaranteed fixes.

Team Report - News and views on the state of the franchise.

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Curds

Aaron Rodgers closer to extension - Adam Schefter: New deal is expected to rival those of Joe Flacco, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, a trio of Super Bowl MVPs whose contracts are among the richest in NFL history.

Packers' big deals will get done sooner than later - Tom Silverstein: Now that the Packers have re-signed LB Brad Jones, kept TE Jermichael Finley and forced LB A.J. Hawk to take a pay cut, everything is in place for them to finalize not only the deal for Rodgers but for LB Clay Matthews.

How six NFL teams will use their salary-cap space - Gregg Rosenthal: Rodgers and Matthews are likely to benefit from new deals in the coming months.

[Video] ESPN - Herm Edwards discusses how a large contract for Aaron Rodgers would impact the franchise. [Video] John Clayton: "Just a matter of time."

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Whey

NFCN Blog - Matt Williamson: How does each team look at WR, and what still needs to be done?

Finley is ready for heightened expectations - Tyler Dunne: With a high price tag comes high expectations. Letting Finley get away now, while he's young and entering his prime, could've turned into a huge regret for Ted Thompson.


Devin Shanley: What should we expect out of Finley?

Mock Draft - Gil Brandt has the Packers taking Montee Ball, a big back who can block and catch the football. Nate Davis: Jermichael Finley hasn't matured into a player QB Aaron Rodgers can count on and isn't signed beyond this season anyway; Tyler Eifert at #26 makes sense .

Draft preview - Pete Dougherty: If the Packers select a D-lineman with their first pick in April’s draft, at No. 26 overall, one of the players who might be on their radar is Purdue’s Kawann Short.

Draft preview - Paul Imig: The Packers' best option to start alongside Morgan Burnett may not yet be on the team; they are likely to draft a safety early.

Packers move minicamp as part of offseason schedule - For the first time, the Packers will have their mandatory, full-squad minicamp in the midst of their OTAs.

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Other dairy produce

NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Will Alex Smith play as well for Andy Reid as he did for Jim Harbaugh? Plus, a whirl around the league.

NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: Four enemies are working together which could eat away at the NFL and begin its demise.

Know thy enemy: Bears - Larry Mayer: The Bears bolstered their OL by agreeing to terms with FA guard Matt Slauson on a one-year contract. Also re-sign Josh McCown. Brad Biggs: Bears players back at work on Tuesday.

Know thy enemy: Bears - Chris Boden: After making moves in free agency, GM Phil Emery's options at No. 20 now look different.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kareem Copeland: The Lions have one winning season in four years since Martin Mayhew took over the full-time GM role. Time may be running out, and for Jim Schwartz, too.

Green and yellow in the house tonight, Cheesehead Nation 'bout to have a good time!