Aaron Rodgers is set to suit up for the Packers, after all. Despite months of speculation about a potential move elsewhere, in which countless reports indicated the reigning NFL MVP preferred to be traded elsewhere and Rodgers remained coy about his future and current standing with Packers brass, the star quarterback is expected to be back at Lambeau this season.
That’s according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones, who reported Monday that Rodgers is likely to report to Packers training camp this week, though perhaps not on the opening day, and is expected to play for the team in 2021.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the news Monday, right after Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst publicly recommitted to the QB, indicating that Rodgers has told people close to him he intends to play for the Packers this year.
“The ice may be thawing,” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo added. “The Packers’ brass had an optimistic tone today (at a shareholders meeting) and there’s reason to believe them.” This represents a significant change of heart for Rodgers, who had avoided making any public commitments to the Packers for 2021 or beyond (despite being under contract through the 2023 season).
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported in June that Rodgers and those close to him had told Packers president Mark Murphy, as well as other team executives, that the QB was finished wearing green and yellow.