Aaron Rodgers has told people close to him that he plans on playing in Green Bay this upcoming season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is "hopeful" for a positive outcome, per the report.
He and the Packers are close to an agreement that will keep him in Green Bay this upcoming season but will set up his departure in 2022, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This is just the latest development in a standoff between Rodgers and team management. However, this is the first semipositive development that has been reported during the offseason.
Gutekunst and team president/CEO Mark Murphy shared their optimism at their annual shareholders' meeting Monday—before the report.
“We want him back. We’re committed to him for 2021 and beyond,” Murphy said. “He is our leader, and we’re looking forward to winning another Super Bowl with him.”
Murphy added that there was "absolutely not" a scenario that could develop where the Packers trade Rodgers.
"We've been clear we're not trading him," Murphy said.
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