Aaron Rodgers expected to inform Packers of his decision soon
Green Bay Packers quarterback and back-to-back MVP Aaron Rodgers is expected to inform the Packers of his decision about 2022 soon.
To be fair to Aaron Rodgers, the NFL offseason has barely begun and we have not even reached the new league year in 2022 yet.
To be fair to everyone else, it feels like nothing else can happen in the 2022 NFL offseason until Rodgers’ plans for the future are known.
Luckily, Rodgers understands the impact his decision about whether or not to return to Green Bay for the 2022 season affects a variety of teams, and he doesn’t intend on dragging anything out. According to ESPN’s Diana Russini, a decision from Rodgers could be coming very soon…
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Russini’s report here seems to indicate that Rodgers has already made his decision and that he needs now only to tell the Packers what it is.
This, coming off the heels of Rodgers’ Instagram post expressing gratitude and his appearance on the Pat McAfee show giving a proper post-mortem of the 2021 NFL season.
The question is, if Rodgers is simply returning to the Green Bay Packers, then what is there to inform them of? Don’t the Packers have plans to make Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history, or did they just leak the numbers publicly so it would make it look like they were willing to do whatever it takes to keep Rodgers?
Rodgers has noted that part of his decision will include what happens with Davante Adams, and Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst stated at a recent press conference that the franchise tag is an absolute last resort in his case.
That likely means, despite there having been no negotiations so far in 2022, the Packers will attempt to sign Adams to a long-term deal.
But that could depend on whether or not Rodgers returns as well.
Would Rodgers decide to come back to Green Bay before knowing that Adams would for sure be back?
There are just so many questions right now. Many in the NFL media world maintain their belief that Rodgers will leave Green Bay. Others view the recent hiring of Tom Clements and Rodgers’ statements about the relationship between him and general manager Brian Gutekunst being patched up as reasons to believe the opposite.
Frankly, it’s really difficult to know what to believe at this point in time and there’s nothing overly direct about what Rodgers is doing. He has not seemed non-committal when talking about his future, though at this point I do think retirement would be the most shocking outcome.
Rodgers understands his importance to the game as the back-to-back MVP and it’s been over a decade since he won the Super Bowl. He would probably love to get back there.
What I don’t know for fact (in every case) but do believe to be true regarding the Denver Broncos’ chances of getting Rodgers?
I believe the Broncos have coaches that Rodgers does love to play for and would love to play for again.
I believe the Broncos have an outstanding core of weapons and a strong defense to help Rodgers contend for a title, even in a tough division.
I believe the Broncos can and would support Rodgers with additional weapons acquired in free agency.
I believe the Denver Broncos would provide Rodgers with an outstanding work environment and Rodgers would be able to be collaborative on roster moves with Nathaniel Hackett and general manager George Paton.
I believe the Broncos would make a very competitive trade offer if the Packers do agree to trade Rodgers.
I believe the Broncos would be at or near the top of Rodgers’ list of teams to go to based on what we’ve heard over the last year.
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Again, those are not all reports, but some of those opinions are based on reports we have seen and heard over the course of the last year. How soon will Aaron Rodgers make his decision? I think we’ll know quicker than we think, so don’t go too far from Twitter in the coming days.