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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for February 19, 2014

The Packers' two biggest-name free agents are a major topic in today's curds.

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Welcome to hump day, Packers fans! For many NFL draft prospects, their week is just beginning, as several position groups have arrived in Indianapolis to begin their four-day evaluations. Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, and company are all on site at Lucas Oil Stadium, and we'll hear some of their thoughts on Friday morning.

Until then, we'll continue to take a look at free agent speculation, and the big story around the Packers blogosphere today is the "debate" between signing Sam Shields and B.J. Raji. Frankly, the top priority among that pair seems like a no-brainer to this writer, but we shall see if Ted and company agree.

On to the links!

First Draft: Oregon State's Cooks one explosive option at WR - JSOnline
Brandin Cooks is a little bit in the Randall Cobb mold physically, but he might be even quicker and faster than #18.

Packers have the cap room to slap franchise tag on Shields or Raji - JSOnline
Remember, with the Packers' rookies only adding a net of around $1.9 million to the team's cap number, that will leave about $26.5 million in cap room to franchise one of these guys or sign other free agents.

More important for Packers to re-sign: B.J. Raji or Sam Shields? - ESPN
So the question becomes which one should they tag? If they tag either, it should be Sam Shields, and it's not really close.

QB analysis: Packers should re-sign Matt Flynn | Packersnews
Anybody disagree? No? Moving on.

Packers Draft Mailbag: Deone Bucannon’s Size Trumps Jimmie Ward’s Coverage Skills | Cheesehead TV
Here's a good breakdown of two of the second-tier safeties in this year's draft, among some other Packers analysis.

NFL Draft news roundup: On anonymous sources and character assassinations -
This is a really good piece on the trouble with "anonymous sources" and relying on them to pass judgment on players.

2014 NFL Draft: Robert Herron says he has something to prove -
This is a great interview with a player whose speed and skill set could put him on the Packers' radar in May.