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Cheese Curds, 7/27: Strike up the band and let’s start the Last Polka

The Rodgers drama, at least in terms of wondering if he’ll come back and play, is now over for 2021. Let’s get on with the season.

Green Bay Packers Training Camp Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Maybe this will be a Last Dance for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Maybe things will change over the course of this season and he will feel like he wants to stay for 2022 or beyond.

For now, none of that matters. Rodgers and the Packers have mended the rift between them enough for the reigning MVP to return for the start of training camp today. Yes, this move just shifts back the timeline for Rodgers trade discussions and theories for nine months or so. But that’s nine months that he, the team, and Packers fans can get back to business and focus on football.

And the agreement has come just in time for the start of training camp, as veterans are due to report today with practice starting on Wednesday. It’s time to get this Last Polka underway.

Packers hope development around Lambeau Field will help land NFL Draft, Big Ten Championship | Packers.com
The Shareholders Meeting covered a number of topics, chief among them the business of the team. Among those business items are the desire to host the Draft in 2024 and, in a bit of a surprise, hosting the Big Ten Championship Game as well, something that will apparently be on the table in future years.

Packers look like big winners in new agreement with Aaron Rodgers | Packers Wire
The Packers reportedly get some financial flexibility in this deal without adding any money to Rodgers' contract and have no real obligation to move Rodgers in the offseason if they don't want to. Meanwhile, Rodgers gets some vague "mechanisms" to address whatever concerns he gets. In terms of tangible things, it seems pretty clear which side got the better end of the deal.

2021 NFL season: Broncos' QB, Packers' CB among camp battles to track | NFL.com
FINALLY. A story that mentions the Broncos' QB situation and the Packers but doesn't involve theorizing about a potential Rodgers trade!

NFL Power Rankings: As training camps begin, the Super Bowl contenders and pretenders – The Athletic (subscription)
Sure, why not do a power ranking on the eve of training camp? Let's get into regular season mode right away!

New York's $200 french fries offer 'escape' from reality | Reuters
An escape from the reality, indeed. The restaurant already offers an ice cream sundae that goes for $1,000, so why not $200 fries?

If I’m spending $200 on fries, I'll take 40 orders of $5 fries from my favorite local restaurant, thank you very much.