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Cheese Curds, 3/4: Packers making final preparations for free agency

Cap cuts continue to roll in, and with the start of negotiations just a few days away, it's time for NFL teams to finally get all their affairs in order before free agency officially begins.

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On Monday, NFL teams can unofficially begin free agency. Monday marks the start of the so-called "legal tampering" period, during which teams and agents of unrestricted free agents-to-be can start negotiating contract terms. Of course, it is not until 4:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday - March 9 - that the new league year begins and contracts may be signed, but by then we will probably have a good idea where some of the big names are headed.

For the Green Bay Packers, history dictates that we will likely see them stick to negotiations with their own departing players and look at the occasional bargain free agent.

In today's curds, we look at free agency news from all around the NFL, ranging from top departing players to top needs to the players who have recently become salary cap casualties around the league.

Biggest free agent on all 32 NFL teams | ESPN
It's no surprise here - with Mike Daniels and Mason Crosby re-upped, Casey Hayward comes in as the top name for the Packers.

One player each NFL team should target in free agency -
Hey look, the main site's pick for the Packers is that one free agent running back that we advocated signing about two weeks ago!

Cuts roundup: Jaguars release Zane Beadles -
Some big names were let go on Thursday, including Arian Foster, Charles Johnson (the defensive end, not the wide receiver), and Donald Butler, among others.

Packers could save $2 million by not tendering Mulumba, Taylor |
Neither player has demonstrated over the past few years that they deserve being a primary focus this offseason, so the "could" in the headline there probably will end up changing to a "will."

Decision on Sean Richardson's future with the Packers still a ways off - ESPN
Much like a few other Packers who have had neck fusion surgeries, Richardson is planning to at least try to rehab the injury and make a return to the playing field. However, it seems unlikely that he will do so under contract with an NFL team, since he will be a free agent as of next Wednesday.

Is game film coming to the sidelines? |
Currently, teams can only see still photos of plays on the tablets that they have on the sidelines. However, it might only be another year or two before they get full video as well as the still frames.