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Cheese Curds, 2/8: Salary cap expected around $180M, Rodgers & Woodson honored

The Packers got a bit of slightly good news on the cap front, as the number for 2021 should be a bit higher than expected. Meanwhile, the team took home some significant honors on Saturday evening.

NFL: FEB 06 Super Bowl XLV - Steelers v Packers Photo by Robin Alam/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It was a wild Saturday for Green Bay Packers fans. The day got started with news that the team’s first choice for the vacant defensive coordinator job, Wisconsin’s Jim Leonhard, had turned down the Packers’ offer, preferring to stay in Madison. A few hours later, Joe Barry had the job, then a few hours after that two Packers legends earned massive individual honors.

Aaron Rodgers’ third MVP surely locks him in for an eventual enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where former teammate Charles Woodson will be waiting for him.

But amid all of that, Sunday was a bigger day for the NFL as a whole, because the league’s expected salary cap number was unofficially revealed. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the cap is likely to come in around $180 to $181 million. That’s higher than the $175 million that was specified in last year’s CBA adjustment, the value that has been widely expected to be this year’s cap in recent months.

That’s another $5 million or so in flexibility for NFL teams — an amount that, while something, is not likely to be a plan-altering quantity in most cases. Splitting the difference and ballparking a $180.5 million cap puts the Packers about $28 million over the cap, so they will still need to make significant moves to get under that number before the league year starts on March 17th.

Oh, and some old guy won a Super Bowl last night.

But enough about that. Here’s the Packers-related news from the last few days. Additionally, we at APC will get underway with our offseason roster review today, breaking down the team’s 2020 roster and preview free agency. Stay tuned for that starting this morning with the quarterbacks as we take an in-depth look at the roster by position.

Green Bay Packers great Charles Woodson: 'This means immortality' |
Congrats to Chuck, who revitalized his career after begrudgingly signing with the Packers in 2006.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers joins exclusive list as three-time NFL MVP |
Rodgers' 2020 was really a divergent one from his past few years as he proved to be an allegiant follower of Matt LaFleur's and Nathaniel Hackett’s offensive scheme.

Kansas City Chiefs (+550) installed as Super Bowl LVI favorite, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 11-1 | ESPN
The Packers are actually second on the odds sheet from Las Vegas' William Hill sportsbook, coming in at 9-1.

Packers losing defensive assistant coach to Broncos | Packers Wire
Christian Parker served as a defensive QC coach the last two years, but he is heading to Denver to coach defensive backs under Vic Fangio and former Packers DC Ed Donatell.

San Diego man reunited with wallet lost in Antarctica 53 years ago - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Navy meteorologist Paul Grisham, 91, spent a year monitoring weather conditions on the frigid continent. Amusingly, he said he doesn't even remember losing the wallet, which was found behind a set of lockers in a building set for demolition.