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Cheese Curds, 4/11: Aaron Rodgers meets Dalai Lama, Tailgate Tour gets underway

Several Packers are on the road — many of them to meet fans from around the state and one to enlightenment.

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Tuesday was a day of travel for many members of the Green Bay Packers organization. A group of current and former players and team officials is on the road this week for the Packers’ annual Tailgate Tour, which is making stops all around the state of Wisconsin (and adjacent places as well).

Meanwhile, a certain quarterback was half a world away talking to one of the world’s most notable spiritual leaders. We’ll see if Rodgers can translate a zen mentality into success on the football field.

Day 1 of Tailgate Tour ends in Verona |
Ty Montgomery, Blake Martinez, and Kenny Clark are on the road this week with Packers legends like Antonio Freeman, and the group made their first stop outside of Madison on Tuesday.

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Rodgers gets just shy of a quarter-million dollars guaranteed, including a portion of his base salary this season.

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Is Rosen's interest in terraforming the red planet a red flag for NFL teams? (heavy sarcasm intended)

Matt Ryan: Contract talks moving in the right direction -
Ryan has one year left on his deal compared to two years remaining for Aaron Rodgers, so it wouldn't be a shock to see the Falcons QB have his extension before Aaron does.

Then again, maybe the person Rodgers met on Tuesday will convince him to give up his earthly possessions in favor of seeking complete football enlightenment. Probably not, though.

Big hitter, the Lama.