Aaron Rodgers is planning to return again to the Inexperienced Bay Packers for an 18th season, a transfer that retains the reigning MVP off the commerce market and solutions the query that had dominated NFL low season discussions.
Rodgers despatched out a tweet Tuesday afternoon confirming his return.
“YES, I might be taking part in with the Packers subsequent yr,” Rodgers stated. “Nevertheless, studies about me signing a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed phrases of the contract ‘I signed.’ I’m very excited to be again.”
NFL Community and Pat McAfee, the host of “The Pat McAfee Present” on SiriusXM and YouTube, had each reported earlier within the day that Rodgers was staying with the Packers. Rodgers makes a weekly look on McAfee’s present throughout the season.
NFL Community reported that the 38-year-old Rodgers had agreed to a four-year, $200-million contract that features $153-million in assured cash. McAfee disputed the phrases and stated the contract wasn’t signed but, and Rodgers’ tweet backed up McAfee’s account.
Rodgers’ determination comes practically a month after he received his second straight MVP award. The four-time MVP quarterback has spent his complete profession in Inexperienced Bay.
He stated he needed to make an announcement on his future earlier than the beginning of the free company interval that begins subsequent week. The studies of his determination surfaced the identical day the Packers positioned the franchise tag on All-Professional receiver Davante Adams. Except Adams indicators a long-term deal earlier than July 15, he’ll make simply over $20-million in 2022.
Rodgers needed to keep away from a repeat of 2021, when his standing was unsure till the beginning of coaching camp after he skipped the Packers’ necessary minicamp.
The questions on his future stemmed from Rodgers’ disagreements with group administration on the time. Rodgers stated on a number of events over the previous couple of months that his relationship with group officers had improved considerably.
Rodgers’ plans had been the topic of a lot hypothesis ever because the Packers traded up 4 spots to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the twenty sixth total choose within the 2020 draft. After referring to his future as a “stunning thriller” late within the 2020 season, Rodgers skipped the Packers’ organized group actions and necessary minicamp in a standoff with group administration.
Rodgers reported for coaching camp on time however acknowledged his future with the group was unsure. On the time, he stated he needed to have a voice within the group’s decision-making course of.
Rodgers just lately has regularly supplied compliments concerning the strikes normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst made to enhance the group. These strikes included buying broad receiver Randall Cobb at Rodgers’ request. Rodgers stated he bought the sense there was higher communication this season and that “I really feel like my opinion mattered.”
“I feel he put collectively a very nice group, a group that might have received a Tremendous Bowl, and he deserves a number of credit score for among the strikes that he made,” Rodgers stated after a January playoff loss to San Francisco. “I’m upset we couldn’t put it collectively for him and the group tonight, and I’m upset it’s ending.”
Gutekunst agreed their relationship was in a great place.
“I really feel actually good about the place we sit proper now,” Gutekunst stated earlier than the NFL scouting mix.
Rodgers had a tumultuous 2021 season in quite a lot of respects, notably for feedback he made about his vaccination standing. When requested earlier than the season whether or not he had been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, Rodgers replied, “Yeah, I’m immunized.” However after testing optimistic throughout the season, Rodgers acknowledged he was unvaccinated and stated he as an alternative had sought different remedies.
Rodgers additionally handled a fractured left pinky toe for a lot of the yr, however continued taking part in at an All-Professional stage. He threw 20 landing passes with no interceptions over his remaining seven regular-season video games. He led the Packers to a 13-4 document and a 3rd straight NFC North championship.
However his season ended with a disappointing playoff efficiency. The Packers scored a landing on the sport’s opening collection however by no means reached the top zone once more within the residence loss to the 49ers.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur, Gutekunst and president/CEO Mark Murphy stated after the season all of them needed Rodgers again in 2022.
“I feel we’ve bought nearly as good a shot as anyone to win a Tremendous Bowl subsequent yr [with Rodgers],” Gutekunst stated. “He’s the MVP of the league. That’s our aim. I feel we’ve got a chance to do it proper now.”
LaFleur made a transfer seemingly geared toward preserving Rodgers when he introduced again Tom Clements as quarterbacks coach. Rodgers had praised the 68-year-old Clements, who beforehand labored for the Packers from 2006-16 in roles that included quarterbacks coach (2006-11), offensive co-ordinator (2012-14) and affiliate head coach/offence (2015-16). Rodgers lauded Clements on a number of events over the past yr.
Rodgers’ return would reply one large query for the Packers as they head right into a essential low season. They’re properly over the wage cap and have a number of key gamers with expiring contracts.
Gutekunst has stated he believes the Packers might maintain Rodgers and Adams whereas constructing a contending group round them. And so they have completed so.
“I feel clearly the whole lot round right here form of centres on the quarterback,” Gutekunst stated earlier than the mix. “It’s an enormous piece and a domino that form of has to fall earlier than we go down the opposite avenues. So, it’s vital as we undergo this and the puzzle items we’ve got to attempt to make match. That’s the primary one to go.”