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Cheese Curds, 3/14: Packers quiet as free agency bargain shopping is underway

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Though we're getting into the lower-cost area of free agency, Ted Thompson is still showing no signs of free agent activity as yet.

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True to form, the Green Bay Packers have not signed any free agents from other teams so far in the 2016 league year. If this is a surprise, you have not been paying close attention to the Packers' typical operations under Ted Thompson.

Green Bay did re-sign Nick Perry for one year, however, while losing Casey Hayward and Scott Tolzien to multi-year contracts with AFC teams. Ultimately, now that two players have departed, the Packers could potentially sign an unrestricted free agent and still earn a compensatory pick in 2017.

A signing is certainly more likely this week than last, now that the crazy money has been spent and the big-name players are off the market. For example, tight ends like Zach Miller are still available, and linebackers like Zach Brown and Craig Robertson are looking for new homes as well. Time will tell if any of those names interest the Packers.

In the meantime, let's take a look at some silly letters to Vic and look back at past free agency periods in today's curds.

Let's take a look at the 2015 free agents | Packers.com
Vic is back and he's not taking any crap from the people sending him emails.

Draft success allowed Green Bay Packers to let Casey Hayward leave - ESPN
After one year, the 2015 draft class already is off to a good start, and their contributions should net the Packers a compensatory pick in the 2017 draft by virtue of Hayward's departure.

Packers can find free-agent bargains | Packersnews.com
According to Pete Dougherty's sources, the Packers did not contact the agents for either Danny Trevathan or Ladarius Green. However, there are still some potential options available for the value-focused general manager.

Drew Brees rivals Reggie White as best free agent in NFL history - ESPN
White is still seen as the "gold standard" in free agent signings, as this article notes, but Brees' impact in New Orleans has been right up there with Reggie's in Green Bay.

Ex-Colt Jerrell Freeman blasts Coby Fleener - NFL.com
The Bears got a pair of inside linebackers who were rumored to be or mentioned as potential Packers free agent targets. Now one of them is ripping a former teammate in Indianapolis for his comments in the media.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant reportedly facing year-long suspension - SBNation.com
Although the Steelers' offense appeared to be one of the strongest units on paper, it will take a big hit if Bryant is not there to provide a deep threat and complement to Antonio Brown.