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Sunday notes: Packers' tailgate tour takes off this week

4/12/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- News and notes from around the Green Bay Packers:

  • Time for the tailgate tour: The 10th anniversary of the annual spring tailgate tour kicks off on Tuesday and will swing through several Wisconsin towns over five days. Scheduled stops are in Menomonie (Tuesday), Prairie du Chien (Wednesday), Baraboo (Thursday), Elkhorn (Friday) and Sheboygan (Saturday) as well as some surprise visits along the way. While it's designed as a chance for fans to get up close and interact with Packers players (past and present) and team executives, there are often tidbits of news that come out of it. Remember, it was on the tailgate tour last year that team president Mark Murphy revealed that the Packers tried to bring back former quarterback Brett Favre for a game at Lambeau Field in the 2013 season. This year's tour will include current players Andrew Quarless, Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward; recent Packers alums Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman and Bill Schroeder and legends Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson.

  • Decision time: The Packers must inform Sean Richardson by Monday whether they intend to match the offer sheet the restricted free agent safety signed with the Oakland Raiders. One league executive said he thought it was "50-50" whether the Packers would match and therefore retain Richardson on the one-year, $2.55 million deal.

  • Reporting date: As usual, Packers coach Mike McCarthy is expecting strong attendance in the offseason program, which starts in eight days. Players report for the voluntary program on April 20. The Packers have more than 20 players with financial incentives to attend and participate in the offseason program. We will detail those bonuses as we get closer to the start of the offseason program.

  • Guion back in Green Bay: Defensive tackle Letroy Guion isn't waiting for the offseason program to begin in order to come back to Green Bay. He stayed in town after he signed his one-year, $2.75 million contract on March 31 and has been working out at the team facility.

  • Counting the cap: Even with Guion and B.J. Raji now under contract, the defensive tackle position still accounts for the lowest percentage of the Packers' salary cap on defense. The entire position, as it stands right now, counts just $7.186 million against the 2015 cap. That's just 5.77 percent of their total cap and 11.34 percent of their defensive cap. Meanwhile, the defensive end and linebacker spots combine to count $38.9 million against the cap.

  • Polamalu and the Packers: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu retired this week with 32 career interceptions, 12 sacks and 14 forced fumbles. He and former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson are the only the players to record at least 30 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and 10 sacks since 2003, when Polamalu entered the league. Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, only 10 players (including Polamalu and Woodson) have accomplished that feat, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Former Packers safety Leroy Butler is in that group.

  • Time for training camp: Even though the preseason schedule was announced last week, we won't know when the Packers will open training camp until the exact date for their preseason opener is finalized. Right now, the exhibition opener at the New England Patriots could be anywhere from Aug. 13 to Aug. 17. Teams can report for training camp 15 days before their preseason opener, meaning camp could open anytime between July 29 and Aug. 2.

  • Pre-draft visits: Unlike some teams, the Packers don't announce which players they bring in for their allotted 30 pre-draft visits. But here's the list of known visits based on our own reporting and that of other media outlets: QB Bryce Petty (Baylor), WR Ricky Collins (Texas A&M-Commerce), DT Darius Kilgo (Maryland), DT Joey Mbu (Houston), DE Rodney Gunter (Delaware State), CB Darryl Roberts (Marshall), TE Matt LaCosse (Illinois) and TE Thomas Gipson (Kansas State basketball player).