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We're Black and Blue All Over:
Rodgers will count $12 million against the 2013 salary cap, an increase of only $2.25 million more than what he was due to count under his previous deal. That leaves the Packers with $13.5 million in salary-cap space remaining in 2013.
So what will the Packers do with that money?
Silverstein estimates it will cost the Packers between $5 million and $6 million to sign their draft class, leaving about $7 million in surplus. NFL rules allow teams to push any leftover cap space into next season, which would give them a $7 million head start on 2014. It could also be used to sign other players to extensions. Cornerback Sam Shields and/or defensive tackle B.J. Raji could be squeezed in this year as well if the Packers want to.
This season, Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, who signed a five-year extension earlier this month, will count $18.71 million against the Packers' salary cap.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com doesn't mind that Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery is willing to add players who have been considered character risks in the past.
Bears free-agent defensive lineman Israel Idonije visited the Tennessee Titans on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez was cleared of wrongdoing for his role in an incident in Miami last month, notes Dickerson.
The Detroit Lions had pre-draft interaction with nearly every player they drafted this year, according to Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
It's fair to expect Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah to be a force off the edge as a rookie, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Star Tribune presents some clues about the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium design culled from a recent environmental impact statement.
Could Chris Kluwe's activism play a role in getting released by the Minnesota Vikings? Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks into it.
The Vikings released punter T.J. Conley on Monday, two days after using a fifth-round draft pick on UCLA punter Jeff Locke, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.