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Cheese Curds, 3/17: James Starks is still available; Browns cut ILB Karlos Dansby

A veteran linebacker was recently let go, while the free agent runner still is looking for his next contract.

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On Wednesday, a handful of free agent moves around the NFL affected the Green Bay Packers indirectly, as the team still has a need at inside linebacker and at backup running back. The Packers now find another veteran linebacker on the market after his release from a moribund franchise, while a long-time Packer on the market did not end up signing with a team where he visited a few days ago.

With the next phase of free agency now in full swing, it may be the right time for Ted Thompson to dip his toe in the waters. Not only do we look at the moves referenced above, but today's curds also find a few other names of potential bargains on the free agent market who could be intriguing options in Green Bay.

(Also, if you're wondering, there has been no news on Jared Cook yet. Surprise, surprise. It's the Packers, though - we probably will not know that anything has happened until the ink is dry on the contract.)

Five second wave free agents that might interest the Packers |
The name Terrance Knighton stands out among the others on this list - Knighton could help solidify the nose tackle position and let Letroy Guion stay outside at the 5-technique end position.

Linebacker unit has gaping hole inside |
Want another re-hashing of the Packers' inside linebacker unit and why help is needed? The Journal-Sentinel is here for you!

Browns Are Releasing Veteran ILB Karlos Dansby - Dawgs By Nature
Speaking of the position, there's another inside linebacker on the market now, and Dansby said "let's go after this ring" when asked about the release. Match made in heaven? We'll look into it later on today.

Patriots Agree to Terms with RB Donald Brown - Pats Pulpit
With Brown in the fold, James Starks appears to be out of the Patriots' plans. That's certainly a good thing if the Packers still hope to bring him back for 2016.

Who will Green Bay Packers draft at No. 27? Opinions varied - ESPN
Tracking Mel Kiper's and Todd McShay's mock drafts so far yield five different names over six mocks.

The largest NFL free agent contracts are usually a waste of money -
Here's your reminder about why the Packers (and most smart teams) don't throw stupid money around during free agency. Names like Nnamdi Asomugha, Mike Wallace, and Jairus Byrd teach that lesson well.

Chip Kelly plans to 'coach the heck' out of Kaepernick -
He also prefaced that with the qualifying statement "If he's here on April 4," which is when the offseason program begins for the 49ers.