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Cheese Curds, 7/14: Remembering the Packers’ 2007 offseason

2008 was when things finally came to a head between the Packers and Brett Favre, but it was the prior year that set the stage for the split.

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Green Bay Packers fans remember the offseason of 2008 all too well. But perhaps lost in the memory of the “Summer of Favre” is the fact that the 2007 offseason saw almost as much drama between the franchise and its future Hall of Fame quarterback.

In a sense, the events of 2007 may be an even better comparison for 2021 than the drama of 2008. And at the same time, perhaps Favre’s all-too-public displeasure with the Packers’ decisions that year could be informing Aaron Rodgers’ desire to keep his feelings private during the current saga.

But while all of that was going on with Favre in 2007, the Packers brought in an intriguing draft class. Players like James Jones, Brandon Jackson, and Desmond Bishop played key roles on the team for some time. But it is the last of three consecutive sixth-round draft picks who has been with the team the longest, as Mason Crosby remains Rodgers’ only teammate from that time. Crosby has gone through some rough years, to be sure, but has remarkably turned in his best seasons after turning 35.

So let’s think back to 2007 for a bit as we look ahead to seeing if Aaron Rodgers decides to return for 2021 after all.

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