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Cheese Curds, 2/17: Packers' NFC North rivals make early salary cap cuts

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Chicago and Detroit each released a player for cap reasons on Tuesday, but Green Bay has plenty of space to work with.

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As always, the Green Bay Packers are in a comfortable position under the projected 2016 salary cap. The same can be said for all three of the Packers' divisional rivals, as each team in the NFC North has at least $23 million in projected cap space at the present time.

Regardless, a pair of rival teams each made a significant roster move on Tuesday to free up some cap room. The Packers are not expected to follow suit this offseason though, as they should be able to address their needs comfortably without approaching the cap.

Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame Game means that the Packers will get their training camp underway a week earlier this year - that should be good news for fans making trips from far away to see practice, but it will not make the players any happier.

Packers flush at $23.8 million under salary cap | JSOnline.com
Even with Mike Daniels' new contract and Julius Peppers' $10.5 million cap hit still on the books, the Packers have more than enough space to make a move or two in free agency...if Ted Thompson chooses to do so.

Chicago Bears release Jermon Bushrod - Windy City Gridiron
The Bears made their first cut of the 2016 offseason, letting Bushrod go after he missed most of the 2015 season.

The Lions have cut running back Joique Bell - Pride Of Detroit
Detroit is also underway with their house-cleaning, and in addition to Bell's release, cornerback Rashean Mathis announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Hall of Fame game means long preseason for Green Bay Packers - ESPN
The Packers will get a fifth preseason game and an extra week of training camp this year, which is good for fans making the pilgrimage to Green Bay for camp, but of course not so good for the players - who will have to deal with another meaningless game.

Patricia Nevala named 18th member of Packers Fan Hall of Fame | Packers.com
Congratulations to Patricia, whose first Packers ticket from 1959 cost her a whopping five dollars.

Deiondre' Hall ready to perform in front of Packers at Combine | 247sports.com
Hall is a fascinating cornerback prospect - his 6'2" frame should be highly coveted by NFL teams, and an FCS background should do little to keep teams from being interested in him.

J.J. Watt has strong breakfast opinions and is very serious about them - SBNation.com
Well it's good to know that this isn't stopping me from being friends with Watt, because breakfast rocks.