Regardless of Rodgers’s particular person accolades, the Packers had misplaced to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at house within the N.F.C. championship recreation to finish the 2020 season, persevering with Rodgers’s drought of Tremendous Bowl appearances since successful within the 2010 season. Earlier than that recreation, Rodgers advised reporters that his future with the workforce was a “stunning thriller.”
Rodgers skipped all of Inexperienced Bay’s voluntary exercises, and as coaching camp approached, he and receiver Davante Adams posted equivalent photos of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on Instagram, hinting that the approaching season could possibly be their “final dance” collectively in Inexperienced and Gold. The Packers voided the ultimate yr of Rodgers’s contract, permitting him extra management and freedom to be traded. Adams is predicted to obtain Inexperienced Bay’s franchise tag this week.
In July 2021, on the primary day of coaching camp, Rodgers held a 31-minute information convention. For the primary time, he defined his frustrations. “I simply expressed my need to be extra concerned in conversations instantly affecting my job,” he stated, including that he felt the group had not used him to assist recruit free brokers.
“Should you can’t decide to me previous 2021, and I’m not part of the recruiting course of in free company, if I’m not part of the long run,” Rodgers stated, “as an alternative of letting me be a lame-duck quarterback, if you wish to take an opportunity and transfer ahead, then go forward and do it.”
Rodgers examined optimistic for the coronavirus in November, months after he advised reporters that he was “immunized,” in opposition to the illness. The N.F.L. fined him $14,650 for violating protocols for unvaccinated gamers, which included not carrying a masks throughout his weekly information conferences and attending a Halloween social gathering.
However because the 2021 season progressed, with Rodgers main Inexperienced Bay to a 13-4 file and the highest seed within the playoffs, his relationship with Gutekunst and different members of the Packers’ entrance workplace improved to the purpose that Rodgers stated he would take time to evaluate his subsequent steps after the workforce’s season ended with a dispiriting loss to the San Francisco 49ers within the divisional spherical.
Rodgers’s return nails down a significant a part of the Packers’ low season puzzle and forces different groups looking for an improve at quarterback to look elsewhere. Dealing with wage cap considerations, and a number of unrestricted free brokers, Gutekunst can now flip his consideration to the free-agent market, which opens March 16. Rodgers’s impending deal is predicted to clear some cap house to permit administration to deal with different gamers’ contracts, maybe an important — and doubtlessly not the final — of his contributions to personnel issues.
Supply: NY Times