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Cheese Curds, 2/24: 2022 Draft location still undecided; Crosby’s return provides continuity

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Crosby’s return leaves the kicking game without any question marks for the next few years.

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Amid a bit of a social media firestorm this weekend, one thing has become clear: the Green Bay Packers are still trying to bring the NFL Draft to the greater Green Bay area. The team confirmed its interest in hosting the draft in 2022 or 2024 on Saturday, reiterating that the team has submitted bids for the event but that the NFL has not yet decided on locations for those two years.

Smaller markets seem to be the trend for the Draft in the next few years. After this year’s draft in Las Vegas, the show heads to Cleveland in 2021 and Kansas City for 2023. Putting Green Bay in between those would be a bit of a surprise, given that the NFL has seemingly enjoyed alternating between larger markets and smaller ones over the past few years. After being in Dallas in 2018 and Nashville last spring, Las Vegas hosts this year’s event, so the even years would seem primed for big cities. Still, the thought of bringing the Draft to Green Bay at any point is an exciting one, even if nothing has been decided yet.

Meanwhile, the Packers processed their first big transaction of the offseason on Saturday, bringing back Mason Crosby on a new contract. After a career year at the age of 35, Crosby seems happy to be back in Green Bay for a 14th season and beyond, and Packers fans should be pleased to see him come back after an excellent 2019.

Meanwhile, today begins the first sets of measurements at the NFL Combine. We’ll have the QB, WR, and TE weigh-in results later, and then media interviews begin tomorrow, so make sure to keep it here throughout the week for full Combine coverage.

Packers remain committed to bringing NFL Draft to Green Bay | Packers.com
The Packers made it clear this weekend that the NFL has not yet made a decision about the location of either the 2022 or 2024 Drafts. The Packers have submitted proposals for both, and hope to get the event, but the possibility remains just that: a possibility.

Green Bay Packers retain stability in kicking game by re-signing Mason Crosby | Packersnews.com
It seems that Crosby had no intention of ever leaving Green Bay, as shown by the fact that this contract came together even before the Combine.

Keep an eye on Ravens’ UFAs as potential options for Packers in free agency | Packers Wire
Between Za'Darius Smith and personnel executive Milt Hendrickson, the Packers have several connections to Baltimore that may lead to players like Patrick Onwuasor, Michael Pierce, or Matt Judon drawing interest from Green Bay.

2020 NFL franchise tag candidates and predictions - 21 teams that could use it before free agency | ESPN
While the Packers are not among a team seriously included in franchise tag consideration, a few of their possible free agent targets (such as Cory Littleton) are mentioned here.

Planking Guinness World Record: George Hood planks for over 8 hours | USA Today
That's cool. Now pardon me while I go get a cheeseburger for lunch.