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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for February 25, 2014

As the Combine winds up today, we look ahead to the next big date on the NFL calendar - the start of free agency.

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Today marks the final day of the NFL's 2014 Scouting Combine, but it's one that Packers fans should be tuned into closely. You see, the defensive backs are running their drills today, and with the safety position being the most glaring hole on the Packers' roster, it's time to see how some of these players perform in their on-field drills.

In today's curds, however, we look ahead to the start of free agency in just under two weeks (March 11th, to be exact). While one Packer's agent is actively pursuing a new deal for his client, another free agent starter will likely hit the market but should (in our opinion) be brought back to compete for a job.

Enjoy, and head over to our Combine tracker later today to check out the results of the defensive back workouts.

Sam Shields, Green Bay Packers attempting to complete deal - ESPN
Here's hoping Drew and Ted can find some middle ground.

Despite injuries, Packers' medical, training staff unchanged - JSonline
Cue the complaints in the comments.

McCarthy likes potential in Sam Barrington, Jumal Rolle - JSOnline
If I'm being honest, I only see one of these two making the 53-man roster in 2014. Sorry, Jumal.

OL analysis: Packers should re-sign Dietrich-Smith | Packersnews
And let him battle for the starting center job with JC Tretter. You'll get no argument from me.

Message to fans in comments about Datone Jones -
Regarding Nick Perry's expected use as a seven-technique end, Vic says: "Here we go. I was getting tired of all that combine talk. It’s good to be back in the office for some good, old-fashioned 3-4/4-3 debate."

Notebook: Green Bay Packers hoping to draft a QB | FOX Sports on MSN
Hmm. This will be something to keep an eye on in May.

2014 NFL Draft: Stephon Tuitt's Foot Fracture Explained - Battle Red Blog
Tuitt, one of the better 3-4 end prospects in this year's draft, was found to have a rather unusual fracture in his foot and did not participate in drills at the Scouting Combine. Here's a look at the injury and his possible recovery time.

Jerry Jones talks Jason Garrett, ambiguity and the games that made him cry -
Unlike Dez Bryant, the Cowboys' loss to the Packers in 2013 apparently did not bring tears to Jerry Jones' eyes.