BBAO: Packers trio skips OTA

Participation in organized team activities are voluntary, and players miss them for all sorts of reasons. Most of them don't matter unless they're tied to a specific contractual issue.

That's the only reason we're noting the missing trio of starters in Green Bay. Neither defensive end Johnny Jolly, safety Atari Bigby nor cornerback Tramon Williams participated in the Packers' first practice of the spring Tuesday. All three are restricted free agents who have yet to sign their tenders, as Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports.

But even this story has limited legs. The players can't move to another team unless they're traded. They have to sign their tenders by June 15 or face a possible reduction in their proposed 2010 salary.

For me, the most interesting development will be whether rookie safety Morgan Burnett will take advantage of the situation this spring to put himself in a legitimate competition with Bigby for a starting job once training camp arrives.

Continuing around the NFC North: