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Cheese Curds, 3/7: Peyton Manning retires, Packers' Nick Perry prepares for free agency

As one NFL legend is calling it quits, scores of players around the league are getting ready to find new homes.

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For the hundreds of NFL players whose contracts expire on Wednesday, this week marks a transition period as most of them will end up in new places for the 2016 season. For one legendary quarterback, however, this is a very different kind of transition.

One of the most prolific quarterbacks in history - indeed, the player who broke most of Brett Favre's passing records - has decided to end his career on top.

Meanwhile, we continue to learn more about Packers kicker Mason Crosby's new contract, and we find a great story from another recently-retired legend about how he helped Crosby get his career back on track a few years ago.

Stay tuned to Acme Packing Company for all the free agency news as the legal tampering period begins today.

Playoff run may boost interest in Nick Perry |
Our bet is that Perry is one of the first Packers to find a home in free agency - whether that is in Green Bay or elsewhere.

Peyton Manning set to retire from NFL on Monday -
In case you have been living under a rock this weekend, Manning is hanging up the cleats for good after helping the Broncos to their win in Super Bowl 50.

Mason Crosby's deal will pay him $6.15 million this year |
Crosby's full contract breakdown was finally reported - he has $150,000 workout bonuses each year, per-game roster bonuses that increase by $50,000 each season, and some additional roster bonuses that spread out the money through 2019.

Mason Crosby credits Charles Woodson's pep talk for pulling him out of 2012 tailspin - ESPN
Woodson jokes that he was never a kicker, but his observations of Crosby were pretty simple that season: "Right now, you're a guy who's out there trying to kick field goals instead of just being a field goal kicker."

Combine is busy week for everyone involved with NFL |
Mark Murphy's monthly mailbag is back, and he addresses the events surrounding the Combine, the character of draftees, and the extra point rule.