Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams Return to the Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are ready for another Last Dance.

Nov 29, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) catches a football during warmups prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

I saw Brett Favre’s last game as a Green Bay Packer in person. Scrunched between my mom and diehard fan grandpa and wearing at least five layers of clothes, I watched my beloved team lose the NFC Championship to the New York Giants after a Favre interception. It was the coldest I’ve ever been, and by the end, my tears were frozen to my face. I was 11 at the time, and just beginning to understand the final goal of a team was to win a championship, and how difficult doing so truly was. I was yet to understand the financial motivations and complexities of the NFL salary cap. I had no idea that the following off-season would be so chaotic, and would eventually lead me to see Favre in a Minnesota Vikings jersey. Fast forward to Aaron Rodgers who, despite his faults, became the most important player in my football life. After another disappointing playoff exit, I accepted that I would never see 12 in the Green and Gold again. Turns out I was wrong.

As first reported by the NFL Network and confirmed by Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers is re-signing with the Green Bay Packers. The unofficial deal is reportedly a 4-year, $200 million commitment, with $153 million guaranteed, although the contract details were somewhat disputed at the time of this writing, including by Rodgers himself. This would make the reigning MVP the highest-paid player in NFL history. 

There is still some uncertainty about the details. According to Rodgers’ whisperer McAfee, the deal is “cap-friendly” and that retirement was a very real possibility for the 38-year old Rodgers. 

While trade rumors concerning Rodgers have swirled since last year’s NFL Draft, the truth of the matter is that Rodgers and Green Bay are the best fits for one another. 

Signing Rodgers was the result of an improved relationship between the franchise leadership and their quarterback. Packers leadership Brian Gutekunst, Mark Murphy, and Matt LaFleur were able to meet their franchise players’ expectations for better communication and increased input. 

The next big piece for the Packers is securing Rodgers’ favorite target, Davante Adams. Adams and Rodgers were reported to be a package deal of sorts, and Adams is expected to receive the franchise tag while the two sides work on a long-term deal. Rodgers’ contract will help create precious room for the desired agreement, and hopefully, keep the dynamic pair in Green Bay for years to come. 

This commitment to Rodgers now leaves backup QB Jordan Love in an interesting position. This year’s draft class for quarterbacks is considered weaker than normal, and there are a number of teams looking to try out new options at the position. Love is still young and considered to be a better prospect than draft-eligible QBs this year, and could garner a valuable second-round pick through a trade.  

Fellow Packers players such as Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Kenny Clark reacted with joy at the news on Twitter. Packers’ left tackle and a hopefully healthy David Bakhtiari took time from his honeymoon to congratulate Rodgers and let the highest-paid player in the league know that he expects some major gifts for protecting his blindside. 

Meanwhile, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy perfectly encapsulated Bronco fans’ collective reaction with a simple upset face emoji. Later in this chaotic NFL day, the Broncos were able to land their QB by trading for former Seahawk Russell Wilson. This is actually another win for the Packers, and the talented Wilson will not be in the way for the Packers, pending a Super Bowl showdown. This earned a smiley face reaction from Jeudy. 

For Packers fans, the Rodgers return is a huge win. The reigning MVP returns to a team with a rising defense and no Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. The NFC is as wide open as ever, and the Pack will once again have Super Bowl aspirations. The Packers’ Last Dance has just gotten an encore. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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