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Cheese Curds, 3/22: Packers’ Gutekunst makes the rounds, Joe Thomas departs

The Packers suffered a bigger loss to their special teams units than to the defense with Wednesday’s signing.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

As free agency officially enters its second week, the Green Bay Packers’ general manager is exactly where many of the team’s fans would expect: out on the road and scouting draft prospects.

No, we’re not talking about Ted Thompson, who spent the last decade-plus at the helm of the Packers’ front office. Brian Gutekunst is now the GM, but he’s out on the road along with several other GMs from around the league this week taking a look at some of the top players in this year’s NFL Draft class.

While Gutekunst makes the rounds, however, the Packers lost a key backup and special teams contributor to a free agent contract elsewhere. Joe Thomas was a restricted free agent but did not receive a tender — which would have paid him $1.9 million at minimum — and now he has landed with another team in the NFC.

Take a look at those items and much more in today’s curds.

Former Packers ILB Joe Thomas returns to Cowboys |
Thomas visited Dallas yesterday — a team that employed him for about two weeks back in 2015 — and he signed a new two-year contract with the Cowboys during that visit.

Packers expecting big things from Vince Biegel, Montravius Adams |
The two second-year players missed significant time as rookies due to foot injuries, but they are among the players targeted most for a second-year jump.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst attends several big pro days | Packers Wire
Gutekunst has been spotted attending Pro Days at North Carolina State, Florida State, and Georgia this week. That should probably come as little surprise, since he cut his teeth in scouting by covering the southeast region. All three schools have defensive prospects who should interest the Packers.

2018 NFL Draft: Marcus Davenport is a pass-rushing nightmare -
The rumblings about Davenport being paired up with the Packers have seemingly quieted down in the last two weeks or so, but Stephen White feels that the sky is the limit for Davenport -- and that he is also far more polished than he is being made out to be.

Catch rule recommendations revealed ahead of vote -
We now have some clarity on what the proposed new catch rule, which no longer has any language about going to the ground.