Now that the Super Bowl is finally behind us, the focus for NFL teams shifts 100% to the offseason and to improving rosters for the 2017 season and beyond. Cuts made during the playoffs did not become official until Monday, when waivers processed; the Green Bay Packers had one player that was released during that span, and he found a new home on Monday afternoon.
While the big events like the start of free agency and the NFL Draft are still weeks or months away, some other significant dates do start to kick in soon. Next week, for example, teams can begin designating their Franchise and Transition players when that process opens up on the 15th.
Meanwhile, there looked to be a possibility that the Packers could end up playing in the NFL's opening game for 2017 on Thursday night in September - at least for a while. In today's Curds, we look at why that is not a possibility any more, and we find a few other interesting items from around the NFL.
Disappointing ending, but it's been a good, long run | Packers.com
Mark Murphy's monthly mailbag starts out with a discussion of the Packers' success over the last ten years. It's almost like he knew there would be lots of people emailing him to complain about the recent playoff losses!
New York Jets claim twice-suspended DT Mike Pennel | ESPN.com
The Packers let Pennel go before the Wild Card game, and waivers finally processed on Monday; now he ends up in New York, where he could end up playing nose tackle.
Packers avoid potential NFL opener | Packersnews.com
If the Falcons had won on Sunday, they would have received the season-opening game, and with the Packers scheduled to travel to Atlanta, they might have been given the honor of playing the first game in the new stadium (plus the last game in the Georgia Dome). Instead, we could see a Super Bowl rematch in Foxboro instead.
Hall of Fame: Terrell Owens, Paul Tagliabue Miss Out | The MMQB with Peter King
These guys will get in eventually, but I wonder if someday LeRoy Butler will start getting the same kind of campaigns for the Hall as Jerry Kramer gets today.
Steelers release former first-rounder Justin Gilbert - NFL.com
No. Just no. There are plenty of ways to improve the secondary, but signing a flamed-out former top 10 pick who appears to have no interest in football should not be one of them.
Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach of the 49ers and fixing that offense is a tall task - SBNation.com
Hopefully for Shanahan, he'll be able to figure out what he did wrong in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl and fix it.