There’s not much to preface in today’s Cheese Curds. The Green Bay Packers have made all of their big coaching decisions, the Super Bowl is behind us, and there is still more than a month to go until free agency can begin. There’s not even an NFL Combine to distract us from this weird quiet NFL period!
So today’s links will jump around all over, from a look at the possibility of a 17-game schedule in 2021 to some potential Packers free agent targets to a man using a machete to steal collectible cards from a local hobby store. It’s going to be that kind of day, folks. Strap in.
5 things to know about Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry | Packers.com
Here's some measure of positive spin on Barry's hiring from the Packers' official website.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks future plans | Packersnews.com
The NFL wants to get back to normal but still must deal with COVID-19. The Packers have yet to learn if they will play an extra game as part of a potential 17-game regular season and, if that happens, where it will be played.
Report: Packers haven’t offered new deal to RB Jamaal Williams | Packers Wire
Unlike Aaron Jones, the Packers apparently did not offer Williams a new contract during the 2020 season. He is sure to command a lower paycheck than Jones will, making him a more likely candidate to return, but this is probably due in large part to the team's impending salary cap crunch.
Packers' free-agency shopping list: 20 players worth a look – The Athletic (subscription)
Will any outside free agents go ring-hunting on cheap one-year deals? If so, some of these names might be intriguing options.
Last Three Drafts Gave Buccaneers Big Edge Over Packers - Sports Illustrated
Four of the players the Packers have drafted over the first four rounds in the last three years are starters. The Buccaneers totaled nine over that same time span, and those hits explain better than anything why Tampa Bay was in position to win the Super Bowl.
Man believed to have brandished sword, stolen Magic cards from New West store | CityNews1130
Police say an employee confronted the suspect after he put 'Magic the Gathering' cards into a bag, and that's when the man "brandished a curved sword."