Despite Rodgers’ singles honors, the Packers lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home in the NFC Championship game to end the 2020 season, and Rodgers’ drought has continued in Super Bowl appearances since his 2010 season win. Prior to that game, Rodgers told reporters that his future with The team was a “beautiful puzzle”.
skip Rodgers All volunteer training in Green Bay, and as training camp approaches, he and receiver Davante Adams have posted identical photos of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to Instagram, hinting that upcoming season might be their “last dance” together in green and gold. The Packers canceled the final year of Rodgers’ contract, allowing him more control and freedom to trade. Adams is expected to acquire the Green Bay franchise this week.
In July 2021, on the first day of training camp, Rodgers held a 31-minute press conference. For the first time, he made clear his frustrations. “I just expressed my desire to be more involved in conversations that directly affect my job,” he said, adding that he feels the organization has not used him to help recruit free agents.
“If you can’t commit to me after 2021, and I’m not part of the free agency hiring process, if I’m not part of the future, then instead of letting me be a lame-duck quarterback, if you want to take a risk and move forward, go ahead,” Rodgers said. And do it.”
Rodgers tested positive for the coronavirus in November, months after he told reporters he was “vaccinated” against the disease. The NFL fined him $14,650 for violating protocols for non-vaccinated players, which included not wearing a mask during their weekly press conferences and attending a Halloween party.
But as the 2021 season progressed, as Rodgers led Green Bay to a record 13-4 and top-seeded playoffs, his relationship with Gutkunst and other members of the Packers front office improved so much that Rodgers said it would take some time to assess his next steps after the team’s season ended with a disappointing loss. San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round.
Rodgers’ return solves a large part of the Packers’ off-season mystery and forces the other teams to seek a promotion in the middle to look elsewhere. Faced with concerns about a salary cap, and a group of unrestricted free agents, Gutekunst can now turn its attention to the free agent market, which opens on March 16. And Rodgers’ impending deal is expected to leave some maximum room to allow management to process the contracts of other players, perhaps the most important – and perhaps not the last – of his personnel contributions.
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