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Cheese Curds, 7/25: Packers deal with fallout from Mike Daniels’ release as camp begins

Wednesday was supposed to be a fun day with a shareholders meeting and players reporting for camp. Instead, a shocking release took place, and now we’re still figuring it out.

NFL: AUG 02 Packers Training Camp Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Wednesday was an odd day in Green Bay. While Packers fans were gearing up for the shareholders meeting and the start of training camp, the team’s front office was busy making a shocking transaction. Mike Daniels’ release is the biggest surprise cut since Ted Thompson let Josh Sitton go at the end of 2016’s camp, and it comes with just as many questions as that move did.

While we will continue to work on answering those questions in the coming days, the biggest question is how to replace his production, and that will come from the team itself on the field. Training camp practice begins today, so keep an eye out for updates as the team takes the field at 10:15 AM Central time.

As camp gets underway, let’s also look back at what did take place during the meeting yesterday, as well as a look ahead at camp and at some of the other goings-on around the NFL.

Infographic: Green Bay Packers 2019 Training Camp |
Here's a fun look at camp, with interesting graphics that show everything from the new faces on the coaching staff to the breakdown of the roster by position.

Mike Daniels’ release clears way for Kenny Clark extension |
Brian Gutekunst seemed to make it clear that a new deal for Clark is one of his top priorities, if not number one. The Packers have the benefit of Clark’s fifth-year option in 2020, but you can bet that they would rather have him locked up long-term before he goes into that contract year.

Former Packers DL Mike Daniels already receiving interest from ‘at least 7 teams’ | Packers Wire
While Daniels is now a free agent, he shouldn't be for long; apparently several teams are already reaching out to his agent about bringing him in for the coming season.

Pro football is big business and business is good for the Packers | Green Bay Press-Gazette
Meanwhile, yesterday’s shareholders meeting was practically an afterthought after Daniels’ release, at least for those not in attendance. Here’s a look back at comments from Mark Murphy and company, covering everything from the NFL Draft to the possibility of playing overseas to new developments around Lambeau.

Julio Jones: Falcons wide receiver targets 3,000 yards in 2019 |
Jones' previous high is 1,871 yards in 2015, while the single-season record belongs to Calvin Johnson at 1,964. Breaking that record by more than a thousand yards would be absurd.

Titans make Kevin Byard highest-paid safety | ESPN
I was hoping that the Packers would land Byard in the 2016 NFL Draft, but they traded up for Jason Spriggs instead. Now Byard has the biggest contract for a safety in NFL history.

Northern Irish woman who married 300-year-old pirate ghost divorced spirit because he was ‘using her’ | The Irish Post
The woman didn't just say the ghost was 'using her' in a relationship sense...he was using her as an energy source.

Okay then.