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Cheese Curds, 3/20: Wide receiver market is bone dry; Tailgate Tour canceled

With so many great receiver prospects coming in the draft, it appears that most teams are unwilling to give big money to veterans in free agency.

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Each year in the spring, Green Bay Packers fans around the state of Wisconsin eagerly await the team’s Tailgate Tour, a bus tour around the state that brings current and former players, coaches, and other team representatives to various cities. It’s a fun experience for fans and players alike, and unfortunately, the 2020 edition is now officially off.

Amid coronavirus precautions, the Tour simply cannot happen, not with the recommendations that no gatherings of ten or more people should take place. It’s not only fun for the fans, but the event also generates a significant amount of revenue that is donated to charities around the state.

That topic, along with the first case of COVID-19 among NFL personnel, leads off today’s Cheese Curds as we start to see states instituting even more significant precautions.

Pivoting to football and free agency news, one of the interesting trends in this year’s free agent market is the fact that teams seem to be largely unwilling to pay wide receivers. Certainly the glut of talented receivers in this year’s draft class plays a factor, but there are still plenty of useful players available on the market. It will be interesting to see just how many of them sign prior to the draft or if many end up available through April and find landing spots after teams figure out what their room looks like after the draft.

As always, stay safe out there, everyone!

Packers Tailgate Tour canceled; nonprofits to be supported with donations |
This should come as no surprise as events are being canceled out through May all over. The proceeds all went to charity, and the organization is donating $25,000 to each of the charities that would have benefited from the tour, but if you want to support the causes, you can donate to them directly through the links in this post.

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