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Packers Calendar: Tender Deadline, Free Agency Begins

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Packers Calendar: Tender Deadline, Free Agency Begins

Free agency officially opens at 3:00 p.m. CT, meaning players can start signing contracts with other teams.

In the meantime, the Green Bay Packers could re-sign any of their own free agents until 3:00 but would have to wait to sign a player from outside the organization.

The opening of free agency is also the deadline for tendering restricted free agents, such as linebacker Jamari Lattimore and safety M.D. Jennings.

It appears the likelihood of the Packers offering an original-round tender to either player is rather low. Such a gesture would ensure a one-year salary worth $1.4 million and the right of first refusal to match the offer another team might give.

Packers players who figure to sign somewhat fast in free agency, whether in Green Bay or elsewhere, include B.J. Raji, Evan Dietrich-Smith, James Jones and Andrew Quarless. These players figure to be a little more in-demand and will sign in the first few days.

The rest of the Packers' unrestricted free agents will likely be part of the NFL's second wave, perhaps taking a week or more to find a home.

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45 minutes till all hell breaks loose.

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Whitner getting $7 mil a year from the Browns? Byrd is going to race past $10 mil.

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