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Rodgers wants deal done by April 15

Packers GM Ted Thompson didn't make any waves in free agency, but he wasn't exactly on vacation. The Packers are closing in on a deal that will make Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in the NFL. The quarterback would like to have the new contract in place by April 15, which is when the team reports for offseason conditioning, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Once Rodgers' contract is settled, Thompson will turn his attention toward finalizing deals for outside linebacker Clay Matthews and defensive tackle B.J. Raji. Rapoport was told that the Packers' latest offer to Matthews already eclipses Dallas Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware's six-year, $78 million contract worth $13 million annually. (NFL.com) Comment

Bynum hasn't ruled out Philly

Of course, there was always a chance Andrew Bynum would return to Philly, but those odds officially ticked up on Wednesday. The agent for [Bynum] says that the player has not ruled out signing a contract with the 76ers. "I don't see why not," Bynum's agent, David Lee, said Wednesday morning when asked whether Bynum would sign an extension with the 76ers. "I still feel like the ball is in their court." Bynum will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last month to remove debris. ... "Philadelphia has been terrific to us, from [majority owner] Josh Harris to [CEO/co-owner] Adam Aron to [general manager] Tony DiLeo," Lee said. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment

Kershaw deal coming along, after all?

With the possibility that Clayton Kershaw could become a free agent after the 2014 season, the clock is ticking for Los Angeles if it wants to keep him. [Kershaw's] agent was at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, but a new deal between the Dodgers and their ace didn't appear imminent, according to people familiar with the situation who weren't authorized to speak on the matter. Kershaw's representatives were known to be discussing a contract extension with the Dodgers in the days leading up to Opening Day. Kershaw said in spring training that he didn't want negotiations to carry into the regular season. ... [After the Dodgers' opener] on Monday, Kershaw wouldn't say if that was still the case. (FOX Sports Southwest) Comment

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