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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for February 17, 2014

The Packers' decision time regarding the franchise and transition tag begins today, and we have another mock draft with an exciting prospect projected at #21.

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Happy Monday, everyone. Since we're in the doldrums of the NFL offseason, here's hoping your weekend was full of Olympics awesomeness, including that ridiculous shootout win by the USA over Russia on Saturday morning. Seriously, even if you're a Wisconsin or Minnesota fan and hate T.J. Oshie because of his time as a member of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux Nickname Redacteds, what he did was pretty darn incredible.

Moving back to the gridiron, the Packers' decision time is nearing on a pair of key free agents, as you'll see below and as we'll discuss later on today. Also, we have a mock draft that will make Packers fans very happy as well as some other draft news.


Packers Calendar: First Day for Franchise and Transition Tags in the NFL | Cheesehead TV
If you thought the Packers were already trying hard to pursue a contract with cornerback Sam Shields, you can be assured that the urgency just got ratcheted up a few notches.

Packers seeking for more pop from first-round pick | Packersnews
Patience, people, patience. If all of these first-rounders get hurt again in 2014, then you can start using the "bust" word.

Mike Vandermause column: Thompson's free-agent philosophy not likely to change | Packersnews
Hey Ian Rapoport: you wanna throw down with Mike V.?

First Draft: Packers will have choices at tight end in draft - JSOnline
Sure, the Packers could end up with a tight end in the first round, but I highly doubt that they'll draft any player on the offensive side of the ball at #21 overall.

Meet the Green Bay Packers coaches: Winston Moss - ESPN
Here's a good Q&A with Moss discussing his expanded role on defense and how he expects to coach the outside linebackers.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins rise in pre-combine prediction -
Boom. Here's another mock draft projecting C.J. Mosley to fall to the Packers at #21. Me likey.

Scouting the 2014 NFL Draft: The 3-4, the 4-3, and the 'tweener' -
Here's a great look at the responsibilities of the primary pass-rushers in both styles of defense and how some of the so-called "tweener" prospects might fit.

T.J. Oshie’s Shootout Performance Perfectly Mashed Up With Scene From ‘Miracle’ (Video) | Olympics |