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Cheese Curds, 3/9: Big NFL news is finally underway with trades & new contracts

Dak Prescott stays in Dallas, a few offensive tackles are on the move, and franchise tags are starting to roll out. We’re finally getting some movement ahead of the league year beginning next week.

Green Bay Packers v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

There’s real honest-to-goodness NFL news happening on this Tuesday morning! With just eight days to go until the NFL’s 2021 league year begins and no final salary cap number in sight, teams are still struggling to figure out exactly how far they need to trim their rosters or how much money they need to push back in restructures to get under the cap and maintain some financial flexibility for the year ahead.

The Green Bay Packers made their first semi-notable move of the month, getting Devin Funchess to agree to a pay cut for the upcoming season. But other teams are getting moving on major changes, starting with the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones and company have finally locked up quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal, avoiding the need to use the franchise tag on him for a second straight season.

Meanwhile, a pair of prominent offensive tackles are on the move. Both are prominent for their sheer size — each over 350 pounds — but one is more notable for his off-the-field activities than his play on it.

With no cap in sight, expect the franchise tag deadline to shift back from today at 4 PM, extending the Packers’ decision window on running back Aaron Jones. Keep it here at APC in the coming days for all of the news coming out from Green Bay and around the league.

QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys reach four-year, $160 million deal, source says | ESPN
That's the price of doing business with a top-ten quarterback these days - Prescott gets the biggest signing bonus in NFL history and a record $75 million in 2021.

Titans trade first-round pick Isaiah Wilson to Dolphins |
The Titans drafted Wilson in the first round last year, but now he's getting shipped off for a 7th-round pick. Wilson played just three snaps as a rookie and was involved in off-the-field incidents galore.

Trent Brown trade: Patriots to acquire Raiders tackle, swap 2022 picks |
Brown, meanwhile, heads back to New England where he became a star in 2018, winning a Super Bowl and starting every game before cashing in with a big contract from the Raiders.

In Packers’ pre-draft process, virtual meetings have their benefits |
Meanwhile, although Brian Gutekunst is hard at work trying to get the Packers under the cap (whatever number it may end up at), he and his staff are also trying to navigate a weird draft prep season in which they may not be able to see players in person at all before drafting them.

Strong Draft Class of Inside Linebackers Available to Packers - Sports Illustrated
Just because this is a strong class, that doesn't make it a lock that the Packers will dive in at that position. Remember, they have only used one pick before the fourth round on an off-ball linebacker since 2007, and Oren Burks has barely played on defense.

Oklahoma Bigfoot bounty grows to more than $2 million | KOMO
The state of Oklahoma actually has a $2 million bounty available if you can capture a sasquatch unharmed. Apparently this is supposed to generate tourism in the state, somehow?