The Badger State: Former Packers Find New Homes In Free Agency

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Ex-Packers Signing New Contracts

The Green Bay Packers aren’t doing much in free agency, with their sole move so far re-signing Keisean Nixon. However, that doesn’t mean their long list of unrestricted free agents are sitting idly. Allen Lazard reportedly agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the New York Jets. New York continues to do everything they can to convince Aaron Rodgers to return to the NFL next season and demand a trade. They’ve also been connected to Randall Cobb, Marcedes Lewis and Odell Beckham Jr.–all from a wishlist Rodgers’ reportedly provided them.

Jarran Reed is also returning to the Seattle Seahawks on a two-year deal. Green Bay used a first-round pick on Devonte Wyatt last year and also has TJ Slaton waiting in the shadows on the defensive line. Both players should net the Packers a compensation pick next year if they don’t re-sign someone at their positions this offseason.

Bucks Are First NBA Team To 50-wins, Clinch Playoff Spot

Milwaukee defeated the Phoenix Suns for their second-straight win and accomplished several feats in the process. They’re the first NBA team to have 50 wins this season (50-19) and the first team to clinch a playoff spot. They also have a three-game lead over the Boston Celtics atop the Eastern Conference with only 13 remaining games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a strong game for the second straight night, posting 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Six other Bucks had at least eight points: Pat Connaughton (eight points), Jevon Carter (nine), Jae Crowder (11), Bobby Portis (11), Jrue Holiday (12), and Brook Lopez (21). Khris Middleton did not play in the second night of a back-to-back.

Wisconsin Badgers Win First Game Of NIT Tournament

Wisconsin played their opening game in the NIT tournament when they hosted Bradley on Tuesday night. Stephen Crowl went off, following direct criticism from Greg Gard last week, and dropped 36 points, including five-for-seven from the three-point line. Wisconsin won 81-62. Their next opponent is Libert on Saturday.