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Cheese Curds, 4/21: Receiving backs available next week, Josh Norman hits free agency

The former Carolina cornerback is now on the market despite only a handful of teams having enough cap space to sign him.

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Green Bay Packers fans and execs alike are looking forward to next Thursday, when Ted Thompson and his crew are scheduled to make the first of many selections in the 2016 NFL Draft and add to the Packers' roster. It is a virtual certainty that at this point, they will not be making any additions between now and then.

However, one team likely will. That's because the Carolina Panthers, who had placed the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman, just rescinded the tag from their All-Pro corner, making him a free agent. He is certainly set to cash in big, and he would have been the recipient of an insanely expensive contract had he been available at the start of free agency. Instead, only a few teams will have enough room under the cap to sign him to a deal near his asking price, which will probably come in over $15 million per yer.

The Packers are not one of those teams, but this morning's news finds the leader for Norman's services out in Northern California. Check out that news and some discussion of running backs who might interest the Packers next weekend, all here in today's curds.

Packers could seek dual-threat running back |
Kenneth Dixon and C.J. Prosise are arguably the top receiving backs available in this year's draft, and either one could be an excellent fit in the Packers' offense.

Prospect Primer: RB Alex Collins, Arkansas |
Collins is not known as much for being a receiving option, but he takes pride in being a good pass protector and third-down option despite modest receiving production.

Ranking Ted Thompson's hits and misses in Packers' drafts from 1-104 |
Thompson has made 104 draft picks in his tenure as general manager of the Packers, and Rob Reischel ranks every pick in order from best to worst.

Burnt steaks news? For Aaron Rodgers, 'It's just part of the life now' - ESPN
Rodgers refers to the media market that picks up on social media posts about grilling skillls "overstimulation."

Howie Roseman: Sam Bradford is our starting QB -
Yes, but the team just gave him $32 million guaranteed to be the starter for two years, and apparently have moved up to take a rookie quarterback who will end up sitting for those two years. Good move for that rookie QB? Probably. But giving up all those picks this season for a player who will be riding the bench won't help them win games this year.

Josh Norman is now a free agent after Panthers rescind franchise tag -
If the Packers did make a run at Norman, it would be more contrary to Ted Thompson's normal strategy than anything else he has ever done. Besides, with $10.6 million in cap space, the Packers would be right up against the cap even with some creative contract structuring.

49ers leading candidate for Josh Norman - Niners Nation
San Francisco has the most cap space of any team not located in Jacksonville, and they are the likely landing place for the cornerback.