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Cheese Curds, 9/8: After busy week, Quinton Dial settles in as great fit for Packers’ defense

The newest Packer had a crazy few days, but he landed on his feet after being let go at final cuts.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

For some members of the Green Bay Packers’ roster, Brown County has been their home for years.

For Quinton Dial, it’s uncharted territory, and it’s a place that he had spent just hours in before he began his first practice with the Packers on Thursday.

Dial, the newest Packer, has gone through quite the whirlwind over the past six days, but it appears now that he is in a good place from a football perspective. Even his old general manager admits the reason he left San Francisco in the first place, and he is likely to be better off in Green Bay for on-field reasons.

Hopefully Dial can settle in for a while, and there’s a nice little wrinkle in his contract that gives the Packers the opportunity to help him do that. Because the Packers will pay him one dollar over the league minimum salary, that means that they have reserved the option to extend his contract before free agency begins in March.

If he plays well this season, expect the team to make an effort to do just that sometime this offseason.

From San Francisco to Green Bay (twice) with coffee, clothes and new playbook for Quinton Dial - ESPN
Dial was released Saturday, flew to Green Bay Monday, flew back to San Francisco Tuesday, then returned to Green Bay on Wednesday to begin practicing on Thursday.

49ers GM John Lynch on Quinton Dial: ‘Green Bay is a very good fit for him’ | Packers Wire
Lynch acknowledged that Dial simply wasn't a fit for the 49ers' new 4-3 system, and complimented the fifth-year pro on his effort.

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