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Lowry happy to be considered a core piece of the Packers

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GREEN BAY, WI — Dean Lowry and the Packers opened up training camp Thursday in Green Bay holding their first practice. It’s Lowry’s fourth camp in green & gold.

The Rockford native took part in the annual tradition of getting a bike ride from Lambeau Field to the practice field. He was given a set of wheels from a young fan.

Lowry can afford to buy a lot of bikes and a lot of other things if he wants to now that he has a new three-year contract extension worth more than $20 million that he agreed to this week. He told reporters Thursday that he had a feeling that he might get a new deal, but the wait was a little stressful especially with the timing of it all.

“I would say it was a little overwhelming just the past week kind of dealing with the contract and also the start of camp, but you focus on the process. A lot of things you’ve kind of got to have tunnel vision and just focus on your job. Now it’s, I would say, the easy part being back on the field and just kind of doing what you love and play football.”

“It’s exciting I think also to be viewed as one of the core players of the Packers,” said Lowry. “We have a lot of great guys so far that we added through free agency and the draft, so to be one of those guys they view as one of the parts of the long-term plan is great.”

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