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Packers Begin Off-Season Workouts

GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU)The Green Bay Packers are beginning their off-season workouts today.  They're voluntary, but almost two dozen players get contract bonuses for being at the "organized team activities."  

A two-week strength and conditioning period begins today.  Individual drills will be highlighted in Phase-Two, which lasts three weeks.  Finally, there are four weeks of drills which end with the Packers' mandatory three-day mini-camp.

 Coach Mike McCarthy values the workouts so much that the Packers pay more than any N-F-L team to have players there.  E-S-P-N says Green Bay has four-and-a-third million dollars of O-T-A payments in players' contracts -- more than last year's total of three-point-six million, which also led the league.  Bonuses range from 25-thousand to a half million.  

Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, and Sam Shields get that top amount.  Those without contracts who take part in the entire O-T-A's get 52-hundred dollars -- which could be the only football income for the more inexperienced free agents.