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Tom Silverstein starts us off with a wrap-up of everything that happened or didn’t happen on Day 1 of the new league year.
An NFL source said Lang will take free-agent visits to Seattle and Detroit after not being able to reach agreement on a new deal with the Packers. It doesn't mean Lang won't be back, but the fact the team didn't get a deal done leaves the door wide open for the veteran to jump to another team.
In the meantime, cornerback Micah Hyde has signed with the Buffalo Bills and center JC Tretter has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns. Hyde's deal, according to a source, is worth $30.5 million over five years, including $14.5 million guaranteed. According to CBS, Tretter's deal was worth $16.75 million over three years, including $10 million guaranteed.
With one starting-caliber lineman already departing and the potential to lose another, the Packers re-signed guard/center Don Barclay to a one-year deal. The contract, according to Barclay's agents at Vantage Management Group, is worth slightly more than $1.3 million if Barclay hits incentives.
Ryan Wood has a complete breakdown of Nick Perry’s new contract and what it means for the Packers' salary cap going forward.
And Tom writes on Perry being a “core guy” for the Packers moving forward.
Michael Cohen writes on the restricted and exclusive rights free agents not being tendered by the team, thus making Jayrone Elliott, Jordan Tripp and John Crockett unrestricted free agents.
The Packers continue to expand their Titletown District:
I chatted free agency with Packers fans on Facebook:
Elsewhere, Nick Perry took to Twitter after he signed his deal:
Perry’s teammates were happy to see him back in the fold:
Perry spoke with reporters after signing his deal:
While Micah Hyde said goodbye to fans, he also made it clear that the Packers did not try to keep him:
Eddie Lacy is starting his free-agency tour:
And it sounds like Jared Cook will be going on a free-agency tour of his own:
Rob Demovsky writes on free-agent defections and how they might hurt the Packers:
Chris Peterson writes that the Packers made the right move bringing back Perry:
Bill Huber recaps Day 1 of free agency on his podcast: