Reports: Aaron Rodgers Near a Deal to Stay With Packers in 2021

Reports say former Cal star will come to Green Bay training camp at some point, but he may not be with Packers after this season
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Former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to play for the Green Bay Packers this season, ending his holdout, according to multiple reports. However, Rodgers may not be with the Packers after the 2021 season, based on a deal to keep him in Green Bay for now.

Whether he will show up Tuesday when veterans are required to report ahead of Wednesday's first practice is still uncertain.

Rodgers is on the brink of agreeing to a deal with the Packers that will keep him in Green Bay, Adam Schefter reported on ESPN. And, as a result of the news that Rodgers will return to the Packers, wide receiver Davante Adams has re-opened contract negotiations with the Packers.

The Packers have made concessions in an offer that could facilitate a trade of Rodgers after the 2021 season.

Here is what the ESPN report said about the proposed deal that has been agreed upon in principle but may have a few issues to iron out

The agreement in principle would include an approximation of the following conditions that the two sides now are finalizing to alleviate and address some of Rodgers' issues before the opening of Tuesday's training camp:

* The 2023 year in Rodgers' contract -- the last one in his current deal -- would be voided, with no tags allowed in the future.

* The Packers would agree to review Rodgers' situation at the end of this season.

* Rodgers' contract would be adjusted with no loss of income to give the Packers more cap room now.

* Mechanisms will be put in place to address Rodgers' issues with the team.

If Packers' officials sign off on their willingness to trade Rodgers, and the agreement is finalized soon, here's the biggest concession the reigning MVP will receive: the freedom to decide where he wants to play in 2022.

The Packers' agreement to "review" the situation after the season implies that the team will trade Rodgers if he still feels the way he has about the Packers' culture and decision-making.

The news affected the betting world dramatically. The odds of the Packers winning the NFC North had been +140 (7-to-5), but following the news of Rodgers' anticipated return to Green Bay, the Packers became the odds-on NFC North favorites at -130 (10-to-13).

Then's Ian Rapoport pretty much confirmed ESPN's reporting with this tweet, adding that Rodgers plans to attend the Packers' camp:

Rapoport provides context in this video:

Earlier, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reported Monday that Rodgers is likely to report to Packers training camp this week and is expected to play for the Packers in 2021, according to CBS Sports. Whether Rodgers will report on the Packers' opening day of camp is not certain, though.

Green Bay Packers officials put a positive spin on the status of former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the team's annual state-of-the-football-department address to Packers' shareholders at Lambeau Field, as noted in a report by ESPN.

But they offered no certainty that Rodgers would report on Tuesday when veterans are required to check in for the start of the Packers' preseason training camp. They did not say whether they expect Rodgers to show up for camp.

"We have been working tirelessly with Aaron and his representation to resolve the issues he has raised this offseason," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said, according to the ESPN report. "And we remain hopeful for a positive resolution."

Packers CEO and president Mark Murphy made a point of saying the team does not plan to push Rodgers aside, saying the Packers are committed to him for "2021 and beyond."

"He is our leader, and we're looking forward to winning another Super Bowl with him," Murphy said in the ESPN story. "Obviously, it's been a challenging situation for both Aaron and us as an organization. But let's not forget all the great things Aaron has done for this organization. Three-time MVP, Super Bowl champion. It's easy to forget that but he's a phenomenal talent. We're happy to have him."

Rodgers is under contract through the 2023 season, but there is an opportunity for the Packers to part ways with Rodgers after the 2021 season. Rodgers skipped all offseason activities, including the team's mandatory minicamp in June. 

Rodgers has said he does not want to play for the Packers anymore, citing problems with Packers officials and the culture they have created. The Packers said they will not trade him. Rodgers has not indicated whether he will attend the start of the Packers' training camp, and there has been speculation about what will happen.

He reportedly turned down a lucrative contract offer from the Packers during the offseason, but a report by Mike Florio suggested there may be a way to construct a contract that Rodgers would accept.


Cover photo of Aaron Rodgers by Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports


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