Multiple reports have the 2013 NFL salary cap being set at $123.9 million, roughly $3.3 million more than anticipated. But as Tom Silverstein of JSOnline notes, don't expect the Packers to use it in free agency, or at least not heavily. At some point, a boatload of money will go toward giving extensions to linebacker Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "The more cap room the Packers can allocate for Rodgers and Matthews this year, the better chance they won't be handcuffed in the future the way so many other teams are," writes Silverstein. "It helps that Thompson keeps his roster full of young, lower-paid players and that the Packers can pay huge cash bonuses that can be spread out over the length of the contract when being counted for cap purposes." The sooner the Packers take care of at least one of these contract extensions, the more clear the salary cap picture will become.
More on the salary cap comes from Lombardi Ave.
Coming off of Donald Driver's Thursday appearance on ESPN2's SportsNation, Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spoke to Driver's marketing agent about what's in store for the newly retired wide receiver. "Donald has been approached about appearing in network comedy programs and non-scripted hosting roles," Brian Lammi is quoted as saying. "It is an exciting time for him." According to the article, Driver is scheduled to appear on several ESPN shows sometime in March, though exact details were not provided.
Another look at the newly reinstated Johnny Jolly takes place at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The safety position and prospects at the NFL Combine get some attention at PackersNews.com.
The annual checkup series continues at Fox Sports Wisconsin with defensive lineman Mike Neal.
The NFL Combine is looked at in retrospect at Packer Report.
Video: NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com discusses recent developments with tight end Jermichael Finely, including the possibility that he could join the Chicago Bears...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email email@example.com.