By now, most should know that the Green Bay Packers signed Jared Cook to a one-year contract. And in his words, Cook said, "This is an amazing opportunity...that I intend to make the most out of." Similarly, Nick Perry also signed a one-year deal. He and Cook's signings boosted to 18 the number of Packers entering the season in the final year of their contracts.
The last time Green Bay had as many players entering contract years was 2010. Yes, the Super Bowl title year. That season, 16 Packers were playing for new contracts. Coincidence or not, Green Bay cashed in with its fourth Super Bowl title, and many of those 16 players cashed in as well.
You can read about this and what else former Packer Brady Poppinga had to say, and more, in today's Curds below:
Packers hoping to cash in on contract years | JSonline.com
Has Ted Thompson intentionally built up the numbers of players entering final year of contract?
It was a surprise | ESPN
Outside the organization free agent signings are noteworthy. Jared Cook's signing took many by surprise.
Former Packers linebacker warns not to overlook Bronson Kaufusi | 247sports.com
The straight-shooting Brady Poppinga's comparison of Kaufusi to Julius Peppers in size, speed, and versatility may be a bit of a stretch.
Packers need to hedge bet on Lacy, draft RB | packersnews.com
Eddie Lacy's performance and weight this past season brought into question his reliability. Reports that Green Bay has looked into Ronnie Hillman only add to the speculation.
Packers will have similar salary cap cushion as a year ago | JSonline.com
Ted Thompson gets a lot of credit when it comes to scouting and the draft. But, perhaps an overlooked strength of Thompson's is his ability to manage Green Bay's cap space each year. Under Thompson, the Packers always seem to have room make necessary moves during each season.