Aaron Rodgers (12) makes a throw while Jordan Love (10) looks on during Green Bay Packers minicamp Tuesday, June 7, 2022 in Green Bay, Wis.

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Aaron Rodgers says he’ll ‘definitely’ retire with Packers

Speaking at the Packers’ mandatory minicamp Tuesday, quarterback Aaron Rodgers affirmed that he will see out the rest of his playing career in Green Bay.

“Yes, definitely,” Rodgers said, reportedly adding with a smile, “Unless they trade me.”

It represents a stark change of circumstances in Green Bay after Rodgers was at odds with the Packers for much of 2021. Reports leaked ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft that he had told some people in the organization that he would not play for them again. He held out from mandatory minicamp this time last year.

After he reached an agreement with the organization to return to the team, Rodgers led the Packers to a 13-4 season. After they lost in the divisional round of the playoffs, he indicated that he hadn’t made up his mind whether to return, retire or demand a trade.

Instead, Rodgers and the Packers agreed to a contract extension last March worth $150 million over three years.

Rodgers said he was “100 percent invested” for the 2022 season and didn’t want to put a number to how many more seasons he had left in him.

“If you say I’m for sure playing two more, three years and then you have a magical season that ends with a championship and think that that might be the best way to ride off, I don’t want to commit to something,” Rodgers said. “You say, I’m only playing one more year and you have a bitter taste in your mouth and still got the drive and the passion to play one or two more years, I just don’t want to get pigeonholed into it.”

Rodgers will have to adjust to life without star wide receiver Davante Adams, whom the Packers traded to the Las Vegas Raiders this spring. He said he was glad to meet rookie receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs for the first time Tuesday.

Rodgers will practice with the team Wednesday and Thursday but not return for next week’s voluntary organized team activities.

“(The Packers have) been great about me taking care of myself the way I best need to,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, it’s worked out the last couple years by my play, and I expect nothing less.”

–Field Level Media

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Handicapping the field of quarterbacks at ‘The Match VI’

There will be no shortage of wagering possibilities when four top NFL quarterbacks take to the golf course in “The Match VI” on Wednesday from Las Vegas.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will team up with Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers to form one team. They will match up against Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

If experience matters, the Brady-Rodgers pairing seems to be the one to beat, and not because they have 39 seasons of combined NFL experience. The two also took part in “The Match IV” last July. Brady also played in a 2020 edition, making this his third time out.

That experience could go a long way in explaining how Brady/Rodgers are -175 favorites according to SportsBetting.ag, while Allen/Mahomes are +155. Brady/Rodgers are also -140 favorites to record the first birdie, over Allen/Mahomes (+100).

There are plenty of challenges ahead on the Wynn Golf Club just off the Las Vegas Strip, with an over/under of 3.5 balls to be hit into water hazards. A hole-in-one from any player carries +10000 odds.

At +5000 odds, down from +10000, is whether or not Brady has a wardrobe malfunction after he split his pants in the 2020 version of the event.

The event will be played over 12 holes in a “shamble” format, meaning that all four players play their second shot from the best tee shot. They play out their own ball the rest of the way from there. Odds are that Rodgers will see a fair share of his drives being used. Rodgers is +110 to hit the longest drive of the day, followed by Brady (+200), Mahomes (+400) and Allen (+700).

And since golf is not the day job of any of the four participating, there figure to be plenty of long putts. Who has the best odds of making a 30-footer with their putter? Rodgers again is the favorite at +275, followed by Brady (+300), Mahomes (+350) and Allen (+425).

But being the odds-on best player doesn’t necessarily guarantee a cool, calm and collected round. Rodgers also is the +150 favorite to be the first participant to use a “curse word,” while Brady is +200, Allen is +300 and Mahomes is +400.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17) following the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers: Packers trading Davante Adams ‘surprising’

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted he was surprised after the Green Bay Packers traded two-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason.

A four-time NFL MVP, Rodgers was making in his first public comments since the trade on March 18 while speaking during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

“It was a little surprising with Davante — obviously when I made my decision, I was still thinking he was going to come back,” Rodgers said. “I was very honest with him about my plans and my future and where I saw my career going, as far as how many years I want to play. But I felt like he was going to be back, didn’t obviously turn out that way, but I have so much love for ‘Tae and appreciate the time we spent together and definitely wish him the best and Derek (Carr) in Vegas. But that’s a big hole to fill.”

The Packers shuffled Adams to the Raiders for first- and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Green Bay used the first-round pick, No. 22 overall, on Thursday night to select Georgia linebacker Quay Walker.

Adams, 29, posted career highs of 123 receptions (second in NFL) and 1,553 yards (third) in 2021 in 16 games (all starts). He caught 11 touchdown passes. He had 73 career TD passes in eight seasons with the Packers, earning five Pro Bowl appearances.

The loss of Adams was magnified even greater in Green Bay after the team saw wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling sign with the Kansas City Chiefs the following week.

Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and offseason addition Sammy Watkins are the top wideouts on the Packers.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) warms up before the Green Bay Packers divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.

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Packers sign QB Aaron Rodgers to $150M deal, lowers ’22 cap figure $18M

Aaron Rodgers signed the dotted line and made his return to the Green Bay Packers official on Tuesday with a three-year, $150 million contract that lowers his salary cap figure $18 million.

Rodgers reportedly took less money than the Packers offered in hopes of making it possible for Green Bay to retain more talent.

Rodgers can exit the deal at the end of each season, but the salary cap ramifications for the Packers would be dire. His dead cap hit for 2023, for example, would be $62 million.

His new deal pays $41 million in 2022, $59 million in 2023 and $49 million in the third and final year of the deal. The 2023 contract is built largely around a $58.3 million option bonus, which puts the Packers in position to reshape the contract and push future cap hits down the road.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs makes $45 million annually.

For Rodgers, who termed his future with the team a “beautiful mystery” in 2021, it also sets up a dramatic decision date every offseason until the deal is done.

The Packers and Rodgers are mending fences following a year of acrimony based at least in part on the team’s decision to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Rodgers said trust and loyalty issues with general manager Brian Gutekunst developed as veterans were either traded or allowed to leave.

Those charges helped open dialogue between the Packers’ front office, Gutekunst included, and Rodgers last season. The Packers acquiesced by trading for Rodgers’ friend and former teammate Randall Cobb prior to last season. When offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos in the offseason, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur involved Rodgers in seeking his replacement.

The resulting hire was Tom Clements, with whom Rodgers has worked in Green Bay previously.

One massive question left for the Packers to settle surrounds All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. With $40-plus million committed to Rodgers and two starting linebackers re-signed Tuesday, there is not enough in the coffers to appears Adams.

He’s not going anywhere — yet — because the Packers used the franchise tag to retain him at over $20 million in salary for 2022.

Adams reportedly informed the team he won’t play on the franchise tag, which will invite trade rumors and concerns he’ll hold out, leaving Rodgers with little to work with at the position.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur talks with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in a time out during their NFL divisional round football playoff game Saturday January 22, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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Clock ticking for QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers still on hold

Aaron Rodgers planned to decide whether to stay with the Green Bay Packers by the end of February. Eight days later, the reigning NFL MVP remains in limbo.

Rodgers also said in January following a home playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers that he would make a decision on his future before the franchise tag deadline, which is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

The quarterback officiated the wedding of teammate David Bakhtiari over the weekend as the clock ticked for the Packers, Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams. Adams is expected to be designated the team’s franchise player for 2022 while the Packers sort out a messy salary cap situation.

On Monday, ESPN reported Rodgers received a new contract offer from the Packers that would “reset the QB market,” implying an annual salary exceeding the $45 million per season the Kansas City Chiefs pay Patrick Mahomes.

Rodgers, 38, was named MVP in February, claiming the honor for the second consecutive season.

Rodgers and the Packers mapped this climactic decision day as a step forward last offseason, when the level of acrimony between general manager Brian Gutekunst and Rodgers became apparent before the 2021 draft.

Gutekunst said in February the team placed “no deadlines” on Rodgers and would work to build a roster ready to compete for a Super Bowl. Gutekunst said the Packers “absolutely” want Rodgers back for his 18th season with the franchise.

In a May 2021 interview, Rodgers openly questioned the franchise’s loyalty, confessed he was bothered by the team drafting quarterback Jordan Love in the first round in 2020 when the roster had other needs, and came clean about his disdain for decisions to let veterans leave in free agency.

But a restructured contract and the idea that the 2021 season was set up as a potential “last dance” helped Rodgers and the front office find improved harmony. He has heavily involved in discussions about personnel, including the Packers trading for wide receiver Randall Cobb, and when offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett became head coach of the Denver Broncos, Gutekunst and Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur looped in Rodgers on the call to hire Tom Clements as the quarterbacks coach.

Among teams reportedly waiting on a Rodgers decision with trade offers are the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media

A fan holds a sign about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the first quarter of their game Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. There were few signs regarding Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers beat the Seattle Seahawks 17-0.

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Packers GM: Not one trade offer for Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Tuesday that he hasn’t received a single call or text from any of his peers about a trade for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“Not at all,” Gutekunst told ESPN from the scouting combine in Indianapolis. “Not at all. Not a single person.”

That would rebut a separate ESPN report last week that said the Packers had multiple trade offers on the table.

Of course, the point could be moot since Rodgers has yet to inform the Packers of whether he’ll retire or play in 2022 — and if it’s the latter, whether he wants to remain in Green Bay or be traded.

Rodgers has previously said he’ll make his decision ahead of the beginning of free agency, which begins March 16.

“I would hope so, yeah,” Gutekunst said. “That’s obviously the start of the new league year. There’s a lot of decisions that have to be made before that. So, that would be helpful. I would think we would know something before then.”

NFL Network reported Monday that the Packers are preparing to make Rodgers a short-term offer that would make him the highest paid player in the NFL if he decides to return in 2022. Rodgers reportedly wants to be paid in the ballpark of $50 million per season, more than the $45 million annual salary than Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

In the meantime, the Packers continue to attack their biggest enemy at the moment — the salary cap. They began the offseason nearly $50 million over the cap, second worst in the league. They’re down to $27.5 million over, per ESPN, after reworking contracts of several players to date.

Whatever Rodgers decides will ease the team’s salary cap woes. If he retires, the team saves anywhere from $19.3 million to $26.9 million. If he returns to the Packers for 2022, an extension would significantly reduce his current $46.1 million cap hit for this season.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks onto the field with a smile before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Aaron Rodgers to give Packers his decision ‘soon’

Multiple teams have trade offers on the table for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, ESPN reported Thursday.

The report says Rodgers will be informing the Packers “soon” of his decision, presumably about whether to retire, remain with the team or seek an opportunity elsewhere.

Rodgers sent Green Bay and the NFL-watching world into a tizzy with an Instagram post Monday in which he heaped gratitude on teammates and coaches and spoke partially in the past tense. But Rodgers said Tuesday in an interview with Pat McAfee that he had no final answers on his future yet.

Rodgers, 38, won his fourth MVP award in 2021, passing for 4,115 passing yards with 37 touchdowns and four interceptions in 16 starts.

However, the top-seeded Packers (13-4) lost their playoff opener at home to the San Francisco 49ers, kicking off another offseason of speculation about Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Davante Adams (17) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter during their football game Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The touchdown Adams ahead of Jordy Nelsons for touchdown receptions from Rodgers.Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers GM: No deadlines, working closely with Aaron Rodgers

Brian Gutekunst has a goal and his preferred outcome begins with a commitment from 2021 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to play for the Packers next season.

But the process in Green Bay might not play out on the general manager’s ideal schedule. Because Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur want to understand Rodgers’ plans before making other moves, Gutekunst said Wednesday at a scheduled press conference there are “no deadlines” where Rodgers is involved.

This means that as of Wednesday, the Packers are in much the same position they were after the loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs: waiting for the Rodgers domino to fall.

“This has been more of a conversation about where we’re headed together. This is a process we’re going through, and a process he’s going through,” Gutekunst said.

“We’ve had really good conversations with Aaron.”

The layered offseason for the Packers is fraught with variables and salary-cap concerns. Rodgers could still retire or ask for a trade, a determination he said Tuesday he hasn’t yet made. He could also return to the team, or indicate he’ll come back only if the Packers address his contract.

All of the “hypotheticals” have Gutekunst working on a matrix of if-then scenarios that would dramatically alter the direction of the Packers — at least in the short term.

Gutekunst said the Packers are also hopeful unrestricted free agent Davante Adams is with the organization going forward. When asked about using the franchise tag to retain Adams at more than $18 million for 2022, Gutekunst said he’d prefer to reach a long-term deal that works for both sides.

Getting that done might be even more improbable than keeping Rodgers content given Adams position that he wants to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals had the highest wideout salary of $27.25 million in 2021.

The Packers are well over the projected salary cap of $208 million for 2022, even after restructuring the contract of nose tackle Kenny Clark on Wednesday.

Gutekunst professed he is “very confident” the Packers are in position to “compete for championships” with Rodgers and Adams. He said retaining the high-priced playmakers would not prevent the Packers from being competitive, or kick-start a fire sale.

That includes one valuable backup on the roster — Rodgers understudy Jordan Love, a first-rounder in 2020.

“I would be very doutbful to take any of those calls,” Gutekunst said of any trade offers for Love.

Rodgers sent Green Bay and the NFL-watching world into a tizzy with an Instagram post in which he heaped gratitude on Adams and wide receiver Randall Cobb and spoke partially in past tense. But Rodgers said Tuesday in an interview with Pat McAfee that he had no final answers on his future yet.

Gutekunst continues to nurture the relationship with Rodgers, agitated by the Love draft pick and exacerbated by what Rodgers said in 2021 was disrespect from the GM.

In the most recent example of giving his quarterback a voice, he said the franchise welcomed Rodgers’ input on hiring quarterbacks coach Tom Clements for another tour of duty in Green Bay.

Asked to measure the worst possible outcome of losing Rodgers and Adams, Gutekunst said the Packers would still compete.

“We’re going to field a competitive team regardless. We’re the Green Bay Packers,” Gutekunst said. “We may have to do things different ways if those hypotheticals come into play.”

–Field Level Media