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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for March 6, 2014

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The Packers' running back's rise to stardom is spotlighted in today's curds.

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Free agency news? What is this? This morning, we learned of a report that the Packers and B.J. Raji are reportedly "close" to a one-year contract to keep the big lineman in Green Bay. That's your big Packers news for this morning, but we of course bring you some curds as well.

Among today's links are stories on the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year and his rise to stardom, more draft prospects, and a misinformed assessment of the Packers' offensive line. Enjoy!

Eddie Lacy progressing as a player, person following NFL draft snub | The MMQB with Peter King
Love Eddie Lacy? If you didn't already, you should after reading this.

Trial begins in Packers-Vikings 'purple sombrero' postgame fight | Press Gazette
I can't wait to see what ends up happening in this trial. The prosecution argues that the alleged victim was just trying to break up an impending fight when he was knocked out cold.

Eric Decker: Demaryius Thomas is on a 'different level' -
Decker is "expected" to get $8-9 million a year, but he's not a number 1 receiver. How does that make sense, exactly?

Ra’Shede Hageman Gets "Good Vibes" from the Packers | Cheesehead TV
It's a stock answer, but it certainly would seem to be a good fit.

Devin Hester bids farewell to Chicago via Facebook - Windy City Gridiron
Buh-bye, Hester. I won't miss seeing him in blue and orange.

Eric Ebron 2014 NFL Draft scouting report -
Is Eric Ebron still a feasible option for the Packers with the 21st pick? Check out Mocking The Draft's scouting report and make your own decision on that.

NFL free agency: The search for surplus value at center, guard and tight end -
"Josh Sitton ... (served) as one of the few non-turnstile pass blockers on the Green Bay front." Um...try again. All five starters finished with positive pass-blocking grades from Pro Football Focus.