The Rodgers/Packers standoff is almost over, with Rodgers apparently close to agreeing to a one-year deal with language built-in that will allow the future first-ballot Hall Of Famer to become an unrestricted free agent next season.
The Packers offered Rodgers a multi-year contract extension over the past few weeks that would have made him the highest-paid player in the league over the next two seasons. Rodgers declined.
Rodgers has made it known that he has no interest in remaining with the organization to close out his career. The frayed relationship goes beyond this Winter. Rodgers does not see eye-to-eye with Packers general manager (GM) Brian Gutekunst. Rodgers has not mixed words over the years begging the organization to draft an offensive playmaker in the first round of the NFL Draft. Instead, the Packers continue to select defensive players and hope the reigning MVP elevates those around him to keep the offense above average.
Aside from Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, the Packers’ offensive weapons are few and far between.
It’s comical how history continues to repeat itself. After Green Bay used a first-round selection on Rodgers, it was a disgruntled Brett Favre who talked his way out of town. It’s clear after draft Jordan Love in the first round, rather than picking a playmaker, Rodgers is set to finish his career elsewhere.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter reports that Rodgers and the Packers are expected to void the final year of his contract in 2023, allowing Rodgers to pick where he’d like to finish out his career after this upcoming season.
The good news for the Detroit Lions is they will only have to deal with Aaron Rodgers in the division for one more season.
The bad news, it looked like there had been a chance Rodgers left Green Bay at some point during the 2021 offseason, and unfortunately, the Detroit Lions will be forced to compete against the stellar quarterback within the division for another season.