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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Deals so far cost $24 million in guarantees

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The seven players the Green Bay Packers signed or re-signed since the start of free agency received a total of $24.175 million in guaranteed money.

However, more than 80 percent of that went to two players -- cornerback Sam Shields ($12.5 million) and defensive end Julius Peppers ($7.5 million).

All of the guaranteed money came in the form of signing bonuses. For salary-cap purposes, that means each player's bonus will be prorated over the life of the contract. For example, Shields' bonus will count for $3.125 million on the salary cap during each of the contract's four years.

Let's review the highlights of each deal the Packers have done:

Sam Shields, CB
Julius Peppers, DE
B.J. Raji, DT
Mike Neal, OLB/DE
James Starks, RB
Andrew Quarless, TE
Letroy Guion, DT