Finally, it seems as if the Aaron Rodgers saga has come to a close. Several reports, notably Ian Rapoport and Pat McAfee, have the four-time MVP winner signing a new four-year, two hundred million dollar extension.
Over the last 3 years, the media has created a circus out of Rodgers’ relationship with the Packers front office. From drafting Jordan Love to not consulting him on in-season roster moves, to his COVID-19 vaccination status, it has all been under the microscope.
I will be the first to acknowledge that I partook in the frenzy. Though I may not agree with him on every topic, I know that the Packers are much better with him than without him. Aaron Rodgers resigning sets the QB market for this offseason.
With the extension of Aaron Rodgers, it left little doubt that Green Bay’s standout wide receiver, Davante Adams, would be next. His new extension, however, will have to wait another year. The Packers decided to use their single franchise tag on the best wide receiver in the league. Hopefully, the two sides can reach a deal, and reward him for his incredible skill set.
To do that, the Packers front office will have to play financial gymnastics to get under the cap. Green Bay is in one of the worst salary cap situations in the NFL, only behind the New Orleans Saints. I wouldn’t necessarily call Aaron Rodgers making fifty million a year cap-friendly either.
2022 Free Agents
The Packers have a total of 13 unrestricted free agents this offseason.
They are as follows;
- Kevin King, CB
- Robert Tonyan Jr, TE
- Chandon Sullivan, CB
- De’Vondre Cambell, OLB
- Lucas Patrick, G
- Dennis Kelly, RT
- Tyler Lancaster, DE
- Cory Bojorquez, P
- Rasul Douglas, CB
- Oren Burks, ILB
- Equnamious St. Brown, WR
- Issac Yiadom, CB
- Jack Heflin, DL
Now, I’m not saying all 13 of these players are must-sign in my book. Of those 13, I count five that I would absolutely resign. Those five are Robert Tonyan, De’Vondre Campbell, Lucas Patrick, Tyler Lancaster, and Rasul Douglas. All of them have a huge impact on the team and deserve rewards for their efforts.
Now that the first domino has fallen, we fans can relax and look forward to the next moves made by Brian Gutekunst and the rest of the Packers’ front office. Who and what those moves may be is yet to be known.
What we do know, is that we’re guaranteed at least one more year of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. I trust the front office to make the moves that will keep the team in contention, and so should all fans.
With the front office working in tandem with Rodgers, they made some great moves, notably bringing back Randall Cobb. I expect no less from them this offseason, with wide receivers like JuJu Smith-Schuster on the market. Big things are brewing in Green Bay, and I can’t wait to see how things pan out this offseason.
For now, though, we have Aaron Rodgers back, and we are FAR better with him than without.