Packers Have Ability To Extend Some Contracts

Aaron Rodgers' new deal didn't take up all the cap space but there's a lengthy list of free agents on the horizon. Plus, the team has set its offseason practices and it released a backup lineman.

Aaron Rodgers' new contract gives the Green Bay Packers some flexibility.

According to league data published by Pro Football Talk last week, the Packers had the sixth-most cap space in the league at $15.6 million. With Rodgers' extension increasing his 2013 cap charge from $9.75 million to $12 million, as reported Scout.com's xxxxxx, the deal only eats up an additional $2.25 million.

That means Green Bay is about $13.35 million of cap space. Of that, somewhere between $4.5 million and $5 million will go toward the Packers' 11 draft picks and college free agents. At the high end of the spectrum, that would leave Green Bay about $8.35 million, which could be rolled over for 2014 or used to strike extensions with some of their upcoming free agents. Among those playing their last season under contract are Morgan Burnett, Jermichael Finley James, Jones, John Kuhn, Mike Neal, Marshall Newhouse, Ryan Pickett, B.J. Raji and Sam Shields.

According to Wilson, Rodgers' cap charge is $17.9 million in 2014 and increases to $19.6 million in 2015 and 2016, $20.65 million in 2017, $20.9 million in 2018 and $21.1 million in 2019.

According to Packers President Mark Murphy, the new television contracts that begin in 2014 will start impacting the salary cap in 2015.

In other news:

— The Packers' rookie minicamp will be held Friday-Sunday, May 10-12. The veterans will hit the field for organized team activities on May 20-22, May 28-30 and June 11-14. The OTA workouts on Tuesday, May 21, Tuesday, May 28, and Tuesday, June 11, will be open to the public, weather permitting. They begin at 11:30 a.m.

In between, the Packers' mandatory minicamp will be held June 4-6. Practices on June 4 and 5 will be open to the fans, weather permitting. Times have not been set.

— With two offensive linemen added through the draft, the Packers released guard Joe Gibbs. A college free agent out of Tennessee-Martin in 2010, he spent eight weeks on Green Bay's practice squad last year.


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