Friday Cheese Curds: Randall Cobb returns while Aaron Rodgers restructures


If the opening day of training camp for the Green Bay Packers was marked with tension, the second one was marked with joy.

That happiness was provided by Randall Cobb as he returned to the practice field in Green Bay after two seasons in Texas with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Cobb was all smiles as he joined his new teammates after the Packers acquired him via trade in an attempt to at least quell Aaron Rodgers.

Returning to Lambeau Field as a Packer was a sigh of relief to Cobb who admitted he and his wife became very emotional upon hearing of the trade back to Green Bay, with even teammates saying he “looked like (he) just got out of prison.” Now he will get one(?) more chance to chase a ring with good friend Rodgers.

Speaking of Rodgers, the quarterback officially signed his reworked deal that voids the final year of his contract in 2023. It also clears almost $10 million in salary cap space for Green Bay in 2021 by converting salary into a bonus.

It marks the end (or least temporary end) of a sixth-month saga that left Rodgers’ future in doubt right up until he showed up for training camp. Now all eyes are on if the Packers and Rodgers can get to a better place or if they will just tolerate each other one more season before trading him in 2022.

Either way, it’s time to play some football and that’s something everyone should be happy about.

Packers WR Randall Cobb all smiles after Aaron Rodgers engineers his return—PackersNews.com (subscription)

While Brian Gutekunst made it very clear this move wouldn’t have been made if not for Rodgers all but insisting on it, this actually makes some football sense. It gives third round pick Amari Rodgers a great mentor (and he’s actually close with Cobb) and further diversifies Matt LaFleur’s playbook. Suddenly the Packers are stacked at wide receiver.

Back with Packers, Randall Cobb is ‘here to win a championship’—Packers.com

Cobb knows this is an “all-in” year by Green Bay and his return is a direct reflection of that. He missed out on Super Bowl XLV by a year, arriving in the league in 2011 so he’s hungry to get his first ring.

Aaron Rodgers signs reworked deal with Green Bay Packers, sources say—ESPN

Moving on from Rodgers after this season is no longer as difficult as it would have been before his deal was changed. The Packers can no longer go after prorated parts of his signing bonus and his deal is now a year shorter.

Salary cap details of Aaron Rodgers’ restructured contract with Packers—Packers Wire

Meanwhile the Packers will now be almost $50 million over the 2022 salary cap if nothing else changes. That means after this season it will either be extension or trade time for Rodgers and right now it definitely feels more like the latter.

Steak-umm Starts Beef With Disinformation In Twitter Thread—Huffington Post

A great pun in the headline aside, the Steak-Umm Twitter account is one of the best corporate brands to follow on the platform and they’re putting disinformation on the grill and setting it ablaze.