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Cheese Curds, 3/8: Former Packer runs for office, Seahawks players react to changes

Aaron Rouse is getting into politics, while another NFL player with Wisconsin ties is doing so behind the scenes.

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Wednesday afternoon in the NFL was all about the Seattle Seahawks. A series of social media posts from a few of the team’s players sent NFL fans into a frenzy regarding the status of cornerback Richard Sherman before the team dropped a bombshell by agreeing to trade defensive lineman Michael Bennett to Philadelphia.

It was one of the more bizarre days for NFL news in recent memory, and the trade of linebacker Alec Ogletree from the Rams to the Giants for draft picks became almost an afterthought. However, players in Seattle are coming out and expressing their shock and surprise about what happened, and Cliff Avril probably speaks for most players on the team.

We have his comments in today’s curds, but we also take a look at a pair of NFL players with Wisconsin ties getting into politics. One is a former Packer who has decided to get involved in the process on a local level in his hometown; the other is a native of the state and a current player who worked on a specific hot-button issue during a recent externship in Washington.

Former Packers safety Aaron Rouse running for office in Virigina – ProFootballTalk
Good luck to Rouse, who is running for a city council position in his hometown of Virginia Beach.

Chiefs’ Bryan Witzmann went to Congress to fight for gun reform. 6 hours later, the Parkland shooting happened - SBNation.com
Don’t be surprised if this offensive lineman follows in Rouse’s footsteps eventually. Witzmann, a native of Somerset, Wisconsin, is participating in an externship program with the NFLPA that has him working for a congresswoman from Chicago. He describes himself as an independent, but he is passionate about this particular issue while trying to respect both sides of the aisle.

Jerry Kramer chooses daughter, Alicia, as Hall of Fame presenter | Packers.com
There was really no other choice. Congrats to both Kramers and the whole family!

Cliff Avril calls changes to Seahawks defense dramatic - NFL.com
Wednesday was truly an absurd day in Seattle, with the news about Richard Sherman likely leaving and Michael Bennett being traded. One of their teammates, Cliff Avril, was stunned by the sudden moves.

Michael Bennett trade: Philadelphia Eagles have to deal Nick Foles now - SBNation.com
On the other side of the equation, the Eagles are now scheduled to be approximately $16 million over the salary cap when the new league year begins. That leads one analyst to believe that they need to move Nick Foles for financial reasons, even if they'd like to keep him for football purposes.

For Packers, Derwin James could be a versatile chess piece | Packersnews.com
James can play safety, slot corner, or linebacker, and he can blitz as well as cover. It's clear that he relishes the idea of playing multiple positions in the NFL, and Mike Pettine might be the perfect coach to put him in a wide variety of spots.

Analyzing Packers’ haul in Matt Miller’s post-combine 7-round mock | Packers Wire
How would this mock look to you? The Packers would get their pass rusher in round one, then find athletic prospects all across the field with their later picks.