BBAO: Packers take time in talks

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Here's a smart take from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that I would love to clip and save as a response to everyone asking for updates on the Green Bay Packers' negotiations with their free agents.

Silverstein notes that historically, once the offseason begins, the Packers don't sign their free agents until the brink of the free-agent market opening or shortly thereafter. That's often the best time for negotiations, as long as you can stomach the risk of pushing the deadline, and it also provides the fullest sense of what the market should be for a player.

So if you're hoping that the Packers will soon sign tight end Jermichael Finley or center Scott Wells, then you might be a little optimistic. History shows a deal is far more likely on March 11 or March 12 than it is on Feb. 16.

Continuing around the NFC North: