A brief overview of three storylines that could help determine the outcome of Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at how Ted Thompson has refused to evolve with the evolution of the salary cap.
One even could excuse Thompson for being conservative early this decade when the cap went up only $3 million total from 2011 through 2013. But in ’14 it went from $123 million to $133 million. The next year it went up $10 million again. The next year, $12 million. And last year, $12 million again.
Estimates have the cap going up another $10 million this year to around $177 million.
The likelihood of being hamstrung due to a free-agent mistake or two is minimal. Only the teams who have taken the biggest risks face uncertainty with their salary cap; the rest can eat a bad contract and not even spit out a seed.
“This is not like it was when the cap was going up 2, 3, 4 million a year and people were always up against it,” said an agent who has signed numerous big-money, free-agent contracts in recent years and will negotiate some others this offseason. “It steadily moves up $10 million a year now.
“You can afford to make a mistake now.”
Teams are much shrewder now also. They structure free-agent contracts so that if the player bombs, they’re out from under the cap obligation in three or four years.
The Packers brought up tight end Emmanuel Byrd from the practice squad and placed Jason Spriggs on injured reserve:
Don Meredith’s son is making a documentary on the Ice Bowl:
Elsewhere, the Packers' website looks back at that iconic game:
Phil Mushnick is confused:
The Packers will lose their wide receivers coach:
Rob Demovsky looks at possible changes:
The Packers stayed local to fill the open spot on their practice squad:
The Power Sweep calls out the Packers output against the Vikings:
Packer Report looks at the team’s draft positioning:
Could the Packers see a different QB under center against the Lions?
NFL Network has a preview of Sunday’s game: