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Cheese Curds, 1/27: Packers will face tough decisions on offensive line in 2017

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Four of Green Bay's top six linemen have contracts that expire after next year.

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The Green Bay Packers can rest easy with the starting offensive line this offseason, knowing that all five starters (plus key backup JC Tretter) are locked up for the 2016 season.

However, 2017 is a different story.

Three starters - left tackle David Bakhtiari and guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang - plus Tretter have contracts that expire after next season. And although Ted Thompson tends to take care of his own players, there is no guarantee that he will be able to find a way to retain all four of them beyond next year. Therefore, while finding a starter is not a need for next year, it would not be a surprise to see Thompson look to draft some depth on the offensive line this season with an eye on development for 2017.

In today's curds, we look at one of those starters with an expiring contract and another who was a steady workhorse on the line all year long.

Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton was Green Bay Packers' ironman on offense - ESPN
Despite back issues that kept him on the injury report for most of the season, Sitton missed just eight snaps all year on offense, and those only were the results of the Packers getting blown out.

Packers may need to extend Bakhtiari early |
That's because the going rate for even an average starter at left tackle is around $7 million per year, and Bakhtiari seems likely to get something in that range if he continues to improve his game in 2016.

What You Might've Missed: Best of 2015 |
Mike Spofford wraps up the season with a handful of key plays, focusing on the Packers' defense's ability to adjust quickly to mistakes and prevent repeating them.

Plays that shaped Packers' season: Aaron Rodgers misses Randall Cobb - ESPN
Remember the play that made Rodgers throw his tablet? Yeah, it was this one that ended Green Bay's comeback chances in Carolina.

Jeremy Cash among Senior Bowl players to watch after Day 1 | Pro Football Focus
We discussed Cash in our preview yesterday, but a few other players are worth monitoring, including BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, a 6'7", 281 pounder who could be a fit in a 3-4.

Ohio State players own the Senior Bowl on day 1 -
Randall Cobb is someone who inspires Braxton Miller as he makes the transition from quarterback to wide receiver. Meanwhile, QB Carson Wentz impressed during weigh-ins, but has a little ways to go on the field with his accuracy.