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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for March 16, 2015

Where being "active" in free agency doesn't always mean signing a bunch of free agents.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

When you think of a team that is "active" in free agency, most of the time you think of an organization like the Jacksonville Jaguars - one which has signed several players to high-dollar contracts. You might think about the Jets, who made a big splash with one big-time player.

But one team which is rarely on the radar when thinking about active teams in this phase of player acquisition is the Green Bay Packers, thanks to Ted Thompson's frugality and draft-and-develop philosophy. Still, Thompson has insisted that the team is indeed active, despite few moves taking place.

One move that he did make involved bringing back Bryan Bulaga, and we learned this weekend that he, like Randall Cobb, could have received more money elsewhere. We've got that and more in today's cheese curds below.

Lynn Dickey reflects on explosive '83 offense |
The original number QB12 is interviewed about the prolific unit that he led in the mid-80's.

NFL free agency winners, losers: Who took hardest hit? |
Aaron Rodgers is listed here as one of the biggest winners in free agency, and it seems appropriate - his right tackle and slot receiver stuck around, while Ndamukong Suh is gone to the AFC. It's been a good week-plus for Rodgers.

Andrew Brandt: Buffalo Bills offered Bryan Bulaga more than Packers - ESPN
Here's further confirmation that both of the Packers' big re-signings took less money to stay in Green Bay than they could have had elsewhere.

Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals agree to deal - ESPN
This is great news for the Packers, since Johnson was visiting the Vikings earlier in the week and could have been headed there to reunite with former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

'We're always active in free agency' | ESPN Wisconsin
Believe it or not, that's Ted Thompson's story and he's sticking to it. Never mind that he hasn't signed a player who was on another team's roster yet this offseason.

DeMaurice Smith re-elected as head of NFL Players Association -
Well, good for the union, I guess? Smith's new term goes through 2018, though the current CBA runs through 2020

NCAA Bracket 2015: Wisconsin earns No. 1 seed in West region, will face Coastal Carolina - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Congratulations to our friends over at B5Q, who are celebrating the first #1 seed in Wisconsin basketball history. We'll have a tournament challenge for APC readers coming up soon.