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Pete Dougherty column: Packers' salary cap situation looks bright

Retaining key players still possible despite blockbuster deals to Rodgers, Matthews

5:24 PM, Sep. 14, 2013
Even with Aaron Rodgers' large contract extension, the Packers have room to retain key players.
Even with Aaron Rodgers' large contract extension, the Packers have room to retain key players.
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The Green Bay Packers last offseason paid top-shelf contracts to their two irreplaceable players.

The cash outlays were enormous - Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews will combine to make $66.02 million in bonuses and salary this year.

But the Packers, as they have more or less throughout the salary-cap era, have managed their cap well enough that those two megadeals will hinder but not cripple general manager Ted Thompson's ability to retain other key players over the next few years. ...

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