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Feb 26, 2021
ESPN agrees to TV deal with NFL, setting up possible salary cap bump for 2021

ESPN agrees to TV deal with NFL, setting up possible salary cap bump for 2021

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via All of the league’s TV deals appear to be nearing completion, and the contracts may be officially announced in the next few days. At this point, it’s a matter of days, not weeks or months, before the NFL announces the framework of its new television contracts. The final media company to agree to the basics of a deal with the NFL was Disney, which owns ESPN and ABC; according to the Sports Business Journal, the two sides have agreed on the structure of their new contract as of Friday afternoon. SBJ reports that all of the...
Feb 26, 2021
Packers 2021 NFL Draft prospect meeting tracker

Packers 2021 NFL Draft prospect meeting tracker

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Green Bay has started holding Zoom meetings with draft prospects. Keep track of all the reported meetings here as we break down a few of the big-name players on the list as well. The NFL Combine would normally take place this week, but with that event canceled, teams are beginning to reach out to NFL Draft prospects on their own. The Green Bay Packers have already begun holding virtual meetings with many of the players eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft, and some of these early names are particularly interesting. Throughout the next several...
Feb 26, 2021
Packers Prospect Primer: Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw

Packers Prospect Primer: Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw

Christian Darrisaw looks every bit the part of a 2021 NFL offensive tackle. | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports If the Packers want an offensive tackle who could help them right away, but also offers the upside to be an even better player down the road, then look no further than the mountainous Christian Darrisaw. Welcome to a new series on the Green Bay Packers draft. This is aimed at getting you ready for the 2021 class before Brian Gutkunst and Co. make selections. We take a look at the kinds of players the Packers tend to like at positions of need. That way...
Feb 26, 2021
Friday Cheese Curds: Is A.J. Dillon ready to be the Packers’ starting running back?

Friday Cheese Curds: Is A.J. Dillon ready to be the Packers’ starting running back?

Photo by Dylan Buell/ We know one thing for sure: his calves will be up to the challenge should Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones leave in free agency. With free agency weeks away, there remains hope the Green Bay Packers can retain either Aaron Jones or Jamaal Williams as the team’s top running back (both would be a miracle). Hope can be a wonderful thing but sometimes it has to give in to reality and the reality is it’s highly likely one is gone and it’s also very possible Green Bay loses both. Should the latter happen, what does that mean for the Packers? Simply...
Feb 26, 2021
Packers Friday Musings: Lane Taylor could be an overlooked re-sign candidate

Packers Friday Musings: Lane Taylor could be an overlooked re-sign candidate

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ The homegrown veteran guard might be just the kind of cap-friendly contract the Packers are seeking this offseason. In a year where the NFL will be lowering its salary cap, what better way is there to acquire talent for a lower cost than through the draft? For the Green Bay Packers, this specific avenue of enhancing the roster will be perhaps more crucial this season than many others. With that in mind, today’s musings touch on the financial benefit of the draft to Green Bay and one first-round player to keep an eye on. In addition, the...
Feb 25, 2021
Packers Prospect Primer: Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield

Packers Prospect Primer: Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield

Jalen Mayfield only has a little over a year as a starter but faced plenty of quality competition. | Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports Brian Gutekunst hasn’t used his high picks on the trenches as often as Ted Thompson. Could that change this year with a former teammate of multiple current Packers? We break down tackle prospect Jalen Mayfield. Welcome to a new series on the Green Bay Packers draft. This is aimed at getting you ready for the 2021 class before Brian Gutkunst and Co. make selections. We take a look at the kinds of players the Packers tend to like at...
Feb 25, 2021
Thursday Cheese Curds: With J.J. Watt’s decision looming, a look at the Packers’ cap situation

Thursday Cheese Curds: With J.J. Watt’s decision looming, a look at the Packers’ cap situation

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Don’t worry about the numbers. Russ Ball is a cap wizard and if there’s a Watt, there’s a way. As J.J. Watt’s decision looms, with the Green Bay Packers reportedly among the favorites, there is understandable concern about Green Bay’s salary cap situation. Is it possible those concerns may be overrated? The number crunch might look very difficult on paper but general manager Brian Gutekunst and cap guru/vice president of football operations Russ Ball almost always seem to find a way. In Watt’s case, should he decide to sign in Green...
Feb 25, 2021
NFL Pro Day Schedule: With no Combine in 2021, college workouts take center stage

NFL Pro Day Schedule: With no Combine in 2021, college workouts take center stage

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports In a reversal from of 2020, college programs will hold Pro Days this spring with no full Combine taking place. In 2020, the NFL still held its annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. That event took place a few weeks before the spread of COVID-19 truly took hold around the United States, fundamentally changing society as a whole, and football along with it. The timing of the onset of the pandemic led most college football programs to cancel their annual Pro Days, where NFL prospects would normally have an opportunity to work out in front...
Feb 24, 2021
Packers are reportedly among finalists to sign J.J. Watt, but no ‘imminent’ signing expected

Packers are reportedly among finalists to sign J.J. Watt, but no ‘imminent’ signing expected

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports Green Bay joins Tennessee and Buffalo as prime candidates, according to this report, though another suggests that there is no signing imminent. The Pittsburgh Steelers are out. But the Green Bay Packers are reportedly very much still in the mix. That is the substance of one report discussing the status of J.J. Watt’s foray into free agency this month after receiving his release from the Houston Texans. John Clayton, formerly of ESPN, is reporting that the Packers are one of three or four teams still in the running to sign Watt, the...
Feb 24, 2021
Football has a chance to get back to normal in 2021, with your help

Football has a chance to get back to normal in 2021, with your help

Photo by Quinn Harris/ After an endless cascade of bad news in 2020, 2021 has provided a lot of good news. Let’s make it better. DISCLAIMER: I am not an epidemiologist nor a public health official. I am merely a nerd with an internet connection. The purpose of this article is not to provide non-expert predictions, but to try and paint a picture from what experts are saying and what trends are showing to inform the readers of APC as to what next football season may look like. 2020 sucked. It’s a hot take, I know. A pandemic that was a terrible combination of...
Feb 24, 2021
Wednesday Cheese Curds: Packers facing tough decisions on Tonyan, Jones, Linsley

Wednesday Cheese Curds: Packers facing tough decisions on Tonyan, Jones, Linsley

Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY There are no great answers for the Packers with their unrestricted free agents, but the path seems clear on their top RFA. Some of the Green Bay Packers’ upcoming decisions involve several millions of dollars in compensation and cap space. Some may end up coming down to parsing a million dollars or less. But each decision is difficult in its own way, as Packers fans can likely understand. In the cases of Aaron Jones and Corey Linsley, the financial questions are enormous. A top-tier deal at his position for either player will likely...
Feb 23, 2021
Even with David Bakhtiari’s injury, the Packers may already have an in-house plan at tackle

Even with David Bakhtiari’s injury, the Packers may already have an in-house plan at tackle

Elgton Jenkins looks more than capable of playing right tackle if the Packers want him to. | Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Most assume offensive tackle with be a priority position for Green Bay this offseason with David Bakhtiari injured and Rick Wagner getting a pink slip. But the Packers have the in-house talent to avoid using high picks on the future. The Green Bay Packers are the friend in every friend group who wants to spend an hour researching the best taco places before ordering dinner. They’re relentless planners, always thinking about the next move. They...
Feb 23, 2021
NFC North Rundown: Franchise tag decisions begin this week

NFC North Rundown: Franchise tag decisions begin this week

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Allen Robinson is one of the division’s leading candidates to receive the designation as soon as this week. Tag, you’re it! It is franchise tag season in the NFL, as today marks the first day of a two-week period that teams can place that designation on qualified players. Around the NFC North, there will be a few names to keep an eye on as soon as this week, particularly at the wide receiver position. Perhaps no name carries more weight than Allen Robinson, who may command somewhere around $18 million if the tag is placed on him. For...
Feb 23, 2021
Tuesday Cheese Curds: Jamaal Williams hopes to return; Rodgers’ ‘Jeopardy!’ dates revealed

Tuesday Cheese Curds: Jamaal Williams hopes to return; Rodgers’ ‘Jeopardy!’ dates revealed

Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports Tune your TVs in starting April 5th. It’s just way too much fun watching Jamaal Williams. The Green Bay Packers’ running back and resident dance specialist always brings a tremendous energy to the field and to the building each and every day. Although he has seen his role and productivity surpassed by his draft-mate and close friend, Aaron Jones, the four-year veteran always maintains a positive attitude and is quick to point out how close the two are on and off the field. Now they both get to experience free agency together, though...
Feb 22, 2021
The Packers have spent two offseasons preparing for Corey Linsley’s departure

The Packers have spent two offseasons preparing for Corey Linsley’s departure

Photo by Wesley Hitt/ When looked at in totality, it’s clear that the Packers have been putting a plan into action in expectation of the center leaving this offseason. Corey Linsley is as good as gone. The sooner that Green Bay Packers fans accept that, the better. It’s a shame, because Linsley was (deservedly) the NFL’s first-team All-Pro center and the Packers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2020, but the realities of the league and the team’s financial situation in the year 2021 make his return a virtual impossibility. The Packers, recognizing...