Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for March 3, 2014

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers have until 3 PM this afternoon to decide on Sam Shields' fate.

Today is Monday' March 3rd, and the deadline for NFL teams to decide on whether they will use a Franchise or Transition Tag is at 3 PM Central Time today. Obviously, cornerback Sam Shields is the one player of concern for the Green Bay Packers with that deadline approaching, and we will know this afternoon if they do decide to tag him.

We are also just over a week away from the opening of the NFL's free agency period, and with other teams' tag decisions coming out today, we'll know exactly which players set for unrestricted free agency will be available on the free agent market by the end of the day today. Note: teams have until 3 PM on March 11th (AKA the start of unrestricted free agency ) to extend offer sheets to their Restricted Free Agents.

In any case, enjoy the links, and keep an eye out for news about the Packers' decision on Shields later today.

Packers' Brandon Bostick readies for larger role - JSOnline
Look for the young tight end to be much more involved in the Packers' offense in 2014, especially if Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless aren't re-signed.

Packers could find kick returner in mid-to-late rounds of draft | Packersnews
That said, don't expect Green Bay to carry someone whose only value to the team is as a return man.

Ted Thompson got Jonathan Franklin for ‘free’ -
Vic does a great job of explaining how the Packers basically got Franklin for nothing, since they got the players they wanted after moving back and picking up extra picks.

Safety valve? - ESPN Wisconsin
Jason Wilde takes the last crack at the safety position before free agency to try to figure out who is the best fit for the Packers next to Morgan Burnett.

Buffalo Bills, Jairus Byrd likely to part ways, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
Speaking of safeties, Those of you hoping that the Packers would sign the top free agent safety will be happy with this news - he'll at least be on the open market.

Buccaneers unveil new uniforms - Bucs Nation
I, for one, am grateful that the Packers refused to give in to Nike's new uniform designs.

2014 NFL mock draft: Falcons trade up for Jadeveon Clowney -
Mosley to the Packers is becoming a really trendy pick. It makes me a little concerned, though, because those trendy things rarely come true.

Finally, we have this ridiculous suggestion by ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Sorry, man, Graham isn't good enough to be worth two first round picks plus an insane contract. Or is he? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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