After their rift dominated the 2021 offseason headlines, it appears the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are going to give their strained marriage one more shot.
Rodgers and Green Bay are reportedly close to an agreement on a reworked contract that will keep the reigning MVP with the club through this season, according to multiple reports.
The #Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers are in the final stages of a reworked deal to bring him back for the 2021 season, source said. It should be official soon. Rodgers had planned to arrive for camp thanks to a thawing over the past few days. Now, he will.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2021
Packers are offering concessions and are close to an agreement that would bring Aaron Rodgers back to Green Bay for at least this season, sources tell ESPN. Deal is not done but it is close.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2021
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After the Packers reportedly made concessions to entice Rodgers to return to training camp, the 37-year-old quarterback will now have a say in his own future following the 2021 campaign. All signs point to him playing elsewhere in 2022 and beyond.
The new agreement, once finalized, would help set up Aaron Rodgers’ departure from Green Bay after this season, per sources. https://t.co/NojVojcHjy— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2021
Rodgers’ displeasure with the brass of the organization became public knowledge during April’s draft, and the quarterback has been evading questions about his future with the franchise and NFL career during interviews and televised golf matches ever since.
Not only will the reworked deal allow Rodgers significant control over where he plays beyond this season, but it will also provide the Packers additional cap space to further surround him with talent in 2021.
Rodgers missed Green Bay’s entire offseason program amid the tension. The Packers report to training camp on Tuesday.
Rodger passed for 4,299 yards and 48 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season. He also led the league with 70.7% completion percentage.
His 412 passing touchdowns are the seventh-most in NFL history. Rodgers has only had 1.4% of his career passes intercepted, which is tied for the lowest mark ever.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Green Bay to face Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4:25 p.m.