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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for June 11, 2014

The recipient of the biggest contract that the Packers awarded so far this offseason is the subject of today's Curds.

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Welcome to Wednesday, as the Green Bay Packers will continue their OTA practices today, but will do so behind closed doors. In today's curds we find some quotes from Packers players during their media availability this week, but the big subject today is Sam Shields, who re-signed with the Packers for a big four-year, $39 million contract just before free agency opened in March.

Also in the news from around the league is another season-ending injury to a key NFC linebacker and a young Houston Texans player who will have the support and thoughts of fans from around the league as he fights his recently-diagnosed cancer.

Sam Shields on the new deal he inked in March - JSOnline
Shields is convinced that the motivation he had in a contract year last season will not be lost now that he has signed a big deal to stay in Green Bay.

Green Bay Packers fortunate Sam Shields did not get away - ESPN
Indeed - I'd rather see #37 in Green and Gold rather than Brown and Orange, as apparently Cleveland was prepared to make a serious run at Shields to play opposite Joe Haden. Instead, they ended up drafting cornerback Justin Gilbert 8th overall.

Rookie TE Rodgers off to a good start | Packersnews
Hopefully Tuesday's practice will be the first in a long line of impressive performances for Rodgers 2.0.

Rodgers: WRs 'could be as deep a group as we've had here' | ESPN Wisconsin
Considering the wideouts that he had to work with in 2010 and 2011, that's an awfully bold statement - but there's massive quantities of talent waiting to be tapped.

Trent Baalke, San Francisco 49ers GM, has intimidating presence | The MMQB
It's not about the Packers directly, but Greg Bedard draws significant parallels between Baalke and Ted Thompson.

The worst NFL draft of the century -
Trying to guess what year it was: I'll give you a hint: we got the best player in that year's draft with the 26th overall pick (Clay Matthews).

Sean Weatherspoon Ruptures Achilles, Out For 2014 Season - The Falcoholic
Sean Lee and now Sean Weatherspoon? I guess I'm glad that none of the Packers' linebackers are named Sean.

Houston Texans Offensive Tackle David Quessenberry Diagnosed With Cancer - Battle Red Blog
Our thoughts are with Quessenberry for a successful fight. He's got a great attitude and we at APC wish him the best of luck in his treatment.