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Packers, Corey Linsley negotiating contract extension, per report

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The Packers appear to have interest in locking up another of their young offensive linemen.

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The Green Bay Packers continue to work towards securing their offensive line for the foreseeable future. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the team has opened extension talks with starting center Corey Linsley.

Linsley has served as the Packers’ preferred starter at center since taking over for an injured JC Tretter just before the start of the 2014 season, starting 38 games over that span. Health has limited him at times, however. Most recently, a hamstring injury sidelining him for the first seven games of 2016. Still, Linsley has developed into a high-quality offensive lineman that Green Bay doesn’t appear interested in losing.

While no details of the negotiations have trickled out, Linsley’s next contract could look similar to the one signed by Tretter earlier this year. That deal pays an average of $5.58 million annually. Linsley could make more on the open market, but he could also realistically accept a comparable deal should he sign early.

With a cavalcade of important players set to hit the open market next offseason, the Packers have apparently made early extensions a priority. Last week, they inked a three-year extension with starting left guard Lane Taylor.