Green Bay’s director of football operations has plenty to get done between now and the official start of the new year for the N-F-L Wednesday afternoon. Three P-M is when contracts expire, free agency officially starts and general managers begin putting together what they hope will be a Super Bowl-winning roster. Russ Ball is negotiating contracts. Right now, the Packers have nine players who will become unrestricted free agents, two restricted free agents, and 11 exclusive rights free agents. In the interim, Ball has to submit qualifying offers for any of the restricted free agents the team wants to keep, submit minimum salary tenders to the exclusive rights free agents and work on a verbal agreement with unrestricted free agents on other teams focused on that 3:00 P-M deadline.