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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for March 11, 2015

As usual, the Packers didn't do much after free agency started on Tuesday. It's what they did before 4:00 ET that made waves.

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Okay, so the Packers need cornerbacks. That much is certain after Davon House left for Jacksonville and Tramon Williams appears likely to be going to New Orleans. Still, the moves the Packers made on offense this weekend (and during the day on Tuesday) should give Green Bay fans plenty of excitement for the next few years on that side of the ball.

Plus, Ted Thompson was able to kick back and watch the NFL practically burn to the ground yesterday as the hot stove engulfed the entire league with absurd trades. Players from all over were shocked by the moves, and it's tough to remember a more insane half-hour of NFL news than the span from 3:30 to 4:00 Eastern yesterday.

Here are today's curds, which examine the Packers' signings in depth.

Packers using their winning status as leverage in negotiations - JSOnline
The chance at winning a Super Bowl appealed to Cobb and Bulaga, but was not enough to sway Davon House to stay. That's the chance you take when you drive a hard bargain.

Cobb, Bulaga deals reflect change in free agency |
With every offensive starter save for one locked up through 2016, the Packers will be in good shape on that side of the ball. Furthermore, the players recognized that they are actually likely to earn more of their maximum compensation in Green Bay than they would elsewhere.

Getting the band back together | ESPN Wisconsin
Not only are the starters back, but the depth should be improved with a healthy Don Barclay and Jared Abbrederis back in 2015.

Why was everyone so worried? |
Snarky Vic is back: "When are the nervous Nellies going to learn to trust the Packers’ ability to manage their roster and their salary cap?"

Green Bay Packers hand out bonus money to start year - ESPN
No big deal - Aaron Rodgers just made $9.5 million yesterday. One player who could actually be facing a release is Mike Neal, who has a $1 million roster bonus due on Thursday; if the Packers decide to cut him, they would save $3 million in cap room.

NFL players react to the frenzied start of free agency -
That was all pretty good, but one of the best reactions came from Packers OLB Jayrone Elliott: