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Thursday Cheese Curds: There are no real offseason mysteries

The NFL salary cap has largely been demystified.

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There’s been a welcome change in the NFL world regarding offseason moves the last couple of years. By and large, people seem to have stopped treating the salary cap as some unsolvable Gordian Knot and have started covering it more like a puzzle.

Puzzles are just a question of desire and time. You know what the picture is supposed to look like and, assuming you have all the pieces, all that it takes to get it together is the desire to do so and the time to make it happen.

The salary cap is basically the same. Again and again, capologists have told us that teams don’t really move on from players because they can’t get them under the cap. It’s just a matter of taking the pieces you want to make up the final picture and fitting them together. And, more or less, you can always fit just about all the pieces you want into that puzzle provided all the involved parties are willing to structure things a certain way.

As far as the Packers are concerned, their offseason isn’t a mystery. They know all the available pieces. It’s just a matter of what they want them to look like together.

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