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Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants Randall Cobb back with Packers

Aaron Rodgers

One of Aaron Rodgers’ requests of the Green Bay Packers apparently is that the team bring back one of his favorite wide receivers.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rodgers has asked the Packers to reacquire wide receiver Randall Cobb, who played with Rodgers between 2011 and 2018 and is currently with the Houston Texans. Salary cap issues could complicate things, but Silverstein says the acquisition “could happen.”

Cobb seems like an odd player for Rodgers’ return to hinge on. However, we do know that the Packers quarterback has some strong opinions about the wide receivers he throws to. One of Rodgers’ former teammates has suggested that Rodgers isn’t happy with how the team has let veteran contributors leave during the quarterback’s tenure, and Cobb would fall into that category.

The 30-year-old Cobb’s best season came with the Packers in 2014, when he caught 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,287 receiving yards. He played in only ten games for Houston in 2020, catching 38 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns.

Aaron Rodgers reports to Packers training camp

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers appears to have officially ended his offseason holdout.

Rodgers was spotted outside Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning at the start of Green Bay Packers training camp. PFF’s Mike Renner shared a photo of Rodgers at the facility.

Renner says his mother was present at the start of training camp and asked Packers president Mark Murphy when Rodgers is going to shown up. Murphy replied that the star quarterback is “here already.”

Numerous reports on Monday stated that Rodgers and the Packers have reached an agreement where the reigning MVP will play for the team this season and then have the freedom to leave next year. The Packers have restructured Rodgers’ contract in a way that assures they will not force him to stay in Green Bay beyond the 2021 season. They are also reportedly going to let him have a say in where he plays next if he chooses to leave.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk predicted earlier this month that Rodgers would end his holdout after the Packers’ Annual Meeting of Shareholder, which was held on Monday. The belief was that Rodgers wanted Green Bay’s brass to have to answer uncomfortable questions and squirm a bit. Now that Rodgers has reported to camp, it looks like Florio nailed it.

Packers will reportedly let Aaron Rodgers choose his next team

Aaron Rodgers

The Packers are close to an agreement with Aaron Rodgers that would give the quarterback assurances he can leave Green Bay after the 2021 season. Rodgers is unlikely to become a free agent at that point, but it sounds like he will still have a say in where he plays next.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers have made a number of “concessions” to convince Rodgers to return to the team this season. The most noteworthy is that they will allow him to choose his next team if he decides to leave in 2022.

Rodgers has three years remaining on his current contract, but the Packers have reportedly restructured the deal in a way that assures him he will not have to stay in Green Bay beyond 2021. The 2023 season will be voided, and the team cannot use the franchise tag on Rodgers. The reason they’re keeping Rodgers under contract for 2022 is so they can trade him and get something in return for him rather than simply letting him walk.

So, if a situation arises next offseason where several teams want to trade for Rodgers, it sounds like the Packers will work with the reigning MVP to send him where he wants to go. We know of at least one team that had significant interest, though that may have changed in recent months.

Report: Packers agree to let Aaron Rodgers leave after 2021 season

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have reportedly made significant progress toward settling their differences, but the reigning MVP is likely entering his final season with the team.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rodgers and the Packers are close to an agreement that would bring Rodgers back to the team for one more season. The deal, which Schefter describes as “close,” does not include more money. However, the Packers are tweaking Rodgers’ contract in a way that would assure he can leave Green Bay next year.

Rodgers has three more years remaining on his current deal, but the Packers have agreed to void the final year in 2023. They also have assured him they will not place the franchise tag on him and will “review” his situation after the 2021 season.

By keeping Rodgers under contract through 2022, the Packers will still be able to trade him next offseason if his feelings toward the franchise don’t change.

This has seemed like the most likely outcome for a while. Rodgers obviously wants to play elsewhere, and the Packers traded up in the first round to draft Jordan Love last year. With assurances that Rodgers will be able to leave next offseason, the two sides can chase one more Super Bowl together before parting ways.

The structure of the agreement is very similar to what the New England Patriots did with Tom Brady the year before he left and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One NFL executive recently said Rodgers wants to take the same approach as Brady, so that makes sense.

We knew things were headed in this direction when Rodgers and Davante Adams, who is in the final year of his contract with the Packers, shared the same photo on social media over the weekend. Unless something drastic changes over the course of the next several months, a new era will begin in Green Bay next season.

Report: Aaron Rodgers plans to play for Packers in 2021

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has not given any indication of when he might report to work with the Green Bay Packers, but there have been signs that his holdout may come to an end sooner rather than later.

The latest comes from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, who reported on Monday that Rodgers has told people close to him that he plans to play for the Packers this season.

The report came during the Packers’ Annual Meeting of Shareholders. During that event, general manager Brian Gutekunst and team president Mark Murphy said they have been working hard to resolve the issues with Rodgers and are optimistic there will be a positive resolution.

What’s really interesting is that Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently predicted that Rodgers would wait until after the July 26 meeting to report to the Packers. The reason? Florio believes Rodgers would want Murphy and Gutekunst to have to go through an uncomfortable situation and answer questions about the reigning MVP’s holdout. That prediction could turn out to be accurate.

Rodgers passed for 4,299 yards and 48 touchdowns last season. While the Packers believe they have their quarterback of the future in Jordan Love, you can understand why they aren’t anxious to trade Rodgers.

The best solution for Rodgers and the Packers could be to make one more run at a Super Bowl together this season before parting ways next year. It’s possible Rodgers has accepted that, which would help explain his recent social media activity.

Packers GM provides update on Aaron Rodgers situation

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers held their Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Monday, and naturally the biggest topic on everyone’s mind was whether Aaron Rodgers will play for the team in 2021. General manager Brian Gutekunst says he remains optimistic that a solution can be reached.

Gutekunst drew his biggest cheer of the day from the crowd when he said he is looking forward to Rodgers “continuing his Hall of Fame career” in Green Bay and winning another MVP award with the Packers. He then assured shareholders the team’s brass has been “working tirelessly” to resolve the issues with Rodgers.

“We have been working tirelessly with Aaron and his representatives to resolve the issues he raised this offseason and we remain hopeful for a positive resolution,” Gutekunst said, per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic.

Packers president Mark Murphy echoed Gutekunst’s comments. He also admitted that this has been a challenging offseason.

“We want Aaron back. We’re committed to (Rodgers) for 2021 and beyond,” Murphy said, via NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. “He’s our leader and we look forward to winning another Super Bowl with him.”

Gutekunst and Murphy basically told the shareholders what they wanted to hear. Whether or not they can deliver remains to be seen.

Rodgers is unlikely to be traded at this point in the offseason. The best outcome for both sides may be to agree to make one more run at a Super Bowl before parting ways next offseason. Though, a report this week claimed there is one way the Packers could satisfy Rodgers financially.

Even if the Packers were willing to part with Rodgers this summer, they may get less interest in the 37-year-old than expected. One team that has been repeatedly linked to Rodgers is said to be wary about acquiring him now.

Broncos wary of trading for Aaron Rodgers?

Aaron Rodgers

The Denver Broncos have been the team most frequently linked to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers if the Packers were to give in and trade him. However, Rodgers on the Broncos may not be as obvious a fit as it looks on paper.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Broncos are unsure if they would pursue Rodgers if he became available. Denver may have reservations about the expected cost of acquiring Rodgers.

The belief is the Packers would want three first-round picks and a second-rounder if Rodgers were traded. That doesn’t even include the financial portion of the acquisition. There is a belief that the Broncos would be reluctant to give up all of that to land Rodgers, while simultaneously paying him what he’s worth.

There is also a sense that the Broncos are more than just a Rodgers acquisition away from becoming Super Bowl contenders, which raises further questions about whether such a deal would be worth it.

Chatter linking Rodgers and the Broncos has become so common that even one Denver player has been willing to publicly endorse such a move. However, there has been nothing resolved between Rodgers and the Packers, putting the entire situation on hold. Add in that teams appear to have stopped trying to test the Packers’ resolve on the trade front and it certainly looks like Rodgers’ 2021 options may end up being Green Bay or nothing.

Here is how much money Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants from Packers

Aaron Rodgers

The issues Aaron Rodgers has with the Green Bay Packers are supposedly not about money, but that does not necessarily mean money can’t fix them.

A recent report claimed Rodgers turned down a multi-year contract extension from the Packers this offseason that would have made him the highest-paid player in football. Of course, all that matters with NFL contracts is guaranteed money, and there were no details about the structure of the supposed offer.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was told by a source that Rodgers is open to committing to the Packers beyond the 2021 season. What the reigning MVP wants is a contract that is structured in a way that proves the team isn’t going to replace him with Jordan Love in the near future. According to Florio, one team that has or had interest in Rodgers believes he is looking for $90 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.

An average salary of $45 million would put Rodgers on the same level as Patrick Mahomes. The guaranteed aspect of the contract would obviously prove Green Bay is committed to Rodgers for at least two more years. It might also influence the Packers to go all-in to build the best roster possible in 2021 and 2022, though they have generally always taken a long-term approach to roster construction.

History tells us that offer is not coming, even for Rodgers. There’s a reason the Packers traded up last year to draft Love. They believe he can be their quarterback of the future, and showing Brett Favre the door to turn things over to Rodgers certainly worked out for them. Why would they change their approach?

There have been indications recently that Rodgers will play this season. The most likely scenario could be an agreement between the two sides that essentially assures they make one more run at a title before parting ways. Rodgers and Davante Adams may have hinted at that with their recent social media activity.

Aaron Rodgers has followed typical offseason regiment despite retirement talk

Aaron Rodgers

If Aaron Rodgers is going to retire to avoid playing for the Green Bay Packers in 2021, he will have done so despite doing his full offseason routine.

According to a report from ESPN, Rodgers has done the same offseason regiment as he has for the bulk of the last ten years despite the speculation surrounding his future. The quarterback followed Proactive Sports Performance, a program which typically lasts up to seven weeks and includes work in the weight room, on sand dunes, and on the field.

Proactive Sports Performance confirmed to ESPN Saturday that Rodgers is “working and he’s ready” for the NFL season.

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to what this actually means. It certainly works with what Rodgers and Davante Adams posted on social media recently. It also seems unlikely that Rodgers would follow such an intensive program if retirement speculation was true, but this entire affair has been extremely unpredictable. At the very least, it’s a slight reason for optimism among Packers fans.

Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams post identical ‘Last Dance’ photos

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams posted what may be a huge hint as to their plans for the 2021 season.

Early Saturday, Rodgers and Adams posted identical photos to their Instagram stories of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen from “The Last Dance.” The cryptic posts did not include any text, further fueling speculation as to their meaning.

The obvious interpretation is that this is a signal that Rodgers and Adams are poised to play one more season together with the Green Bay Packers as they go for a championship. Adams has reportedly halted contract talks with the Packers as he enters the final year of his deal, while Rodgers’ issues with the organization have been clear for months. With Adams facing a possible exit and Rodgers wanting out but not having a clear way to force the issue, it’s an interpretation that makes sense.

On the other hand, that would require Rodgers to play for the Packers in 2021, an outcome some don’t expect to happen. There’s been chatter that the Packers might have one way of convincing Rodgers to play this season, but it’s unclear if they’re willing to do it.

Rodgers and Adams no doubt knew posts like this would spark a frenzy of speculation without providing any clarity. Perhaps that’s exactly what they wanted.