When the NFL world was all set to enjoy the 2021 NFL Draft, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Aaron Rodgers didn’t want to return to the Green Bay Packers. The news led to months of conversation about where Rodgers would be traded because everyone assumed the Packers would bow down to Rodgers and give him what he wanted. Instead, Green Bay instead held firm and came to a resolution with the future Hall of Fame quarterback, which includes concessions made to Rodgers such as giving him the ability to be traded at the end of this coming season. While there were times it seemed like Green Bay was going to trade Rodgers, they ended up making the right decision: allowing Rodgers to control his future in 2022.
One More Shot at a Super Bowl
One obvious reason why it’s clear the Packers made the right decision by holding onto Rodgers is that he is coming off an MVP season and is a huge reason why Green Bay has a great chance of getting to the Super Bowl. Drew Brees retired in New Orleans and it seems like the Saints are using this year as a retooling year instead of a rebuilding year. The NFC East doesn’t have a team as talented as Green Bay and the Los Angeles Rams already lost their starting running back for the season with a torn Achilles.
Davante Adams Extension?
If Rodgers and Green Bay are able to close their deal, that means Adams has his quarterback back in the fold. Despite Adams posting a picture of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on his Instagram (hinting about this being he and Rodgers’ last dance), there are now reports about Adams being open to extension talks. If Adams stays long-term, does that make Rodgers want to stay as well, partly because he has the best receiver in football on the roster?
One Year to Make it Right
Because the Packers didn’t trade Rodgers, they have one season to convince Rodgers to stay in Green Bay for the long haul by getting him the weapons he wants. If Rodgers gets more weapons and is satisfied with what he has at his disposal, it might make him want to stay in Green Bay. Fans might not like seeing Rodgers having complete control over the offense, but if Rodgers gets what he wants, the chances of him staying long-term increase significantly.
It’s also important to point out that Tom Brady was a quarterback who had control of the offense’s construction and he won a Super Bowl. Brady got Tampa Bay’s front office to acquire Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, and LeSean McCoy in his first year in Florida. The Packers won’t be picking up that many big names but it’s hard to imagine that Green Bay becomes worse because Rodgers wanted to pick some of his receivers or running backs.
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