The Green Bay Packers addressed the immediate concern with Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback has reported for training camp, after working out an agreement with the team to end his lengthy, contentious holdout.
That doesn’t mean his long term future is in Green Bay, though. According to reports, the agreement between the team and quarterback gives him more control over his situation, and could help him leave the Packers in the next year or two.
Plenty can change, of course, and the Packers have a full season to prove to Rodgers that they’re committed to winning with him under center beyond 2021. John Kuhn, a former Packers fullback and friend of Rodgers’, thinks they may need to go very big to do so.
“Boy, it’s hard to look at the writing on the wall and think that’s not the case,” Kuhn said during an appearance on The Zach Gelb Show, when asked if this would be Rodgers’ final year in Green Bay. “I think the Packers need to do something exceptional this year, and maybe something out of the ordinary. Not just make a deep playoff run but maybe find a way to add a position here before the trade deadline throughout the season or make a trade right before the beginning of the season that proves, hey, they’re in it to win it. Because Aaron Rodgers quite frankly is looking at the last few holes of his back nine of his career. And even though Tom Brady’s still playing at the age of 44, that’s an anomaly, right there. Can Aaron Rodgers play until he’s 44? Possibly.”
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There are multiple reports that one of the things that Rodgers wants is a trade for former Packers star Randall Cobb. The popular wide receiver is only 30 years old. He was productive for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019, catching 55 passes for 828 yards and three touchdowns, though his numbers fell off last year with the Houston Texans.
Still, acquiring Cobb could be a sign of good faith to Rodgers, even if the team spent a third-round pick on Clemson’s Amari Rodgers, whose game is very similar.
If that shows Aaron Rodgers that the Packers are “all-in,” it’ll be worth it, even if a depth receiver isn’t the biggest need. From Kuhn, via ProFootballTalk:
“The reality is he’s got three, five, six years left in this thing, and he feels like this year [if] the Packers don’t go all in, that just might be all the sign that he needs to leave,” Kuhn said. “So I think it’s gonna take a successful season, not just a good season offensively for the Green bay Packers but a successful season with some sort of deep playoff run, hopefully a Super Bowl berth, and then maybe doing it outside what we’ve seen the Green Bay Packer organization to do over the last twenty to twenty-five years.”
The Packers have reached back-to-back NFC Championships, so it isn’t crazy to think that they could take that next step this season, if Rodgers’ play remains at an MVP level. If that happens, there’s no telling what happens next offseason.