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Cheese Curds 2/26: Mike Daniels wants the Packers to go into 'beast' mode

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With the calendar about to turn from February to March, the new league year is about to begin for the NFL and that means free agency is upon us.

Speculation will abound about who will land where and for how much money and fans will cross their fingers that their team will sign a player or two that will put them in or keep them in Super Bowl contention.

Players already under contract will also privately lobby for their general managers to sign players they feel will put them over the top.

In the case of Mike Daniels and the Green Bay Packers, “privately” actually meant “publicly.”

During an interview on NFL Total Access, Daniels specifically mentioned Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler as players he would like to see general manager Brian Gutekunst target in free agency.

It can be a slippery slope when players publicly go to bat for specific individuals to join their respective team (Brett Favre and Randy Moss circa 2007 should ring a bell), Daniels has the best of intentions and it will be clear when you read the type of players he wants on the Green Bay defense.

Read more on Daniels’ thoughts plus a former Packers receiver goes to bat for both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in today’s cheese curds.

Mike Daniels has a few free agent targets for the Packers--Packers Wire

Daniels wants “monsters” in Green Bay. A defense nicknamed Monsters of the Tundra would certainly drive any Bears fan into a rage.

To James Jones, dollars-and-cents decisions on Packers’ Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb must make football sense, too--Wisconsin State Journal

Jones is probably on the right track, but only time will tell if Nelson and Cobb’s struggles were indeed a Brett Hundley problem or something else.

Report: Tyler Eifert cleared for offseason workouts--NFL.com

A potential free agent target for the Packers clears a major hurdle after back surgery. Could the Packers sign Eifert on a “prove it” deal or will his injury history force them to pass?

Picking early presents unfamiliar opportunity for Packers--Packers.com

This will hopefully be the last time the Packers pick in the top 15 for awhile, so Gutekunst has to take advantage of this opportunity.

Packers must prioritize backup QB spot--PackersNews.com

Thanks to the success of Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, another Aaron Rodgers injury will no longer be an excuse for the Packers to not win football games.