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

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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 | Packersnews.com
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 - SBNation.com
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 | JSOnline.com
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 | Packers.com
Mark Murphy's monthly mailbag is back, and he addresses the events surrounding the Combine, the character of draftees, and the extra point rule.