Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers
Quarterback #12
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Down top target after Adams trade

Rodgers lost top target Davante Adams on Thursday when the Packers agreed to trade the wide receiver to the Raiders, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After one domino fell in Green Bay last week when Rodgers agreed to return for an 18th season, the team proceeded to place the franchise tag on Adams. The wide receiver informed the Packers that he wouldn't play under the tag, and even as Rodgers negotiated and signed a four-year extension he was made aware that his employers were exploring trades for Adams, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. With Adams out the door, the team now is in the market for additions to the receiving corps with just Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb the known entities at the position.

Mar 17, 2022 5:09 PM EST

Finalizes extension

Rodgers signed a four-year extension with the Packers on Tuesday, though the deal includes two "dummy" years, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It took one week to finalize a contract after Rodgers confirmed last Tuesday he'd return to the Packers for 2022. His new deal includes $150.6 million guaranteed, and while it may be more akin to a two-year extension for practical purposes, this at least suggests Rodgers plans to stay in Green Bay through 2023 or 2024. The team can now focus on star wideout Davante Adams, who reportedly informed the Packers that he won't play out the 2022 season under a franchise tag (the two sides have until July 15 to negotiate a multi-year contract).

Mar 15, 2022 5:55 AM EST

Deal in the works

The Packers and Rodgers are working out a new deal that will keep him with the team in 2022, while lowering the QB's salary cap hit for the coming season in the process, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Analysis: Though Rodgers confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday that he will indeed play for Green Bay in 2022, he indicated that a contract to cement that has yet to be finalized and suggested that previous reports outlining the terms of the looming agreement were not accurate. In any case, the star signal-caller will be back for another season with the team that drafted him in 2004 and is in line to continue to throw to his favorite target, now that the Packers have used their franchise tag on top wideout Davante Adams.

Mar 8, 2022 3:22 PM EST

Confirms return to Green Bay

Rodgers confirmed Tuesday via his personal Twitter page that he's returning to the Packers for the 2022 season.

Analysis: Having said that, Rodgers refuted a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that he agreed to a four-year, $200 million extension. In any case, Rodgers is back in the saddle with the Packers and is expected to be joined by his favorite target Davante Adams, who is slated to receive the franchise tag from the team by Tuesday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Coming off back-to-back MVP campaigns, Rodgers is set up to remain productive as he enters his age-39 season.

Mar 8, 2022 12:03 PM EST

Decides to stay in Green Bay

Rodgers has decided to return for the Packers in the 2022 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rodgers and Green Bay have agreed to terms on an enormous four-year, $200 million contract to make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, per Rapoport. The deal keeps the back-to-back league MVP in Green Bay with $153 million guaranteed, and clarifies the team's quarterback position for the foreseeable future. Rodgers reportedly seriously considered retirement, but now that he's informed the team of a decision to stick around, the Packers' attention can focus elsewhere on the roster. With Rodgers running it back, top wideout Davante Adams now looks all but fated to receive the franchise tag if a long-term deal can't be reached. On the other hand, 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love's future on the roster could be less certain.

Mar 8, 2022 8:35 AM EST

Long-term deal reportedly offered

The Packers have reportedly offered Rodgers a long-term deal that would alter the QB market, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Analysis: Aside from solidifying the team's signal-caller situation, such a contract structure -- possibly in the three- or four-year range -- could bolster the Packers' salary-cap situation, a context that would help the franchise retain a solid supporting cast around Rodgers. The report suggests that at this stage, the QB continues to weigh his options, with his decision expected to arrive soon. Per Fowler, if things move in a direction which Rodgers indicates that wants out of Green Bay, the Broncos -- who hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach this offseason -- are viewed as a possible contender to make a play to add the 38-year-old, who is coming off an MVP season in 2021.

Mar 7, 2022 9:04 AM EST

Nothing new on decision

The Packers have not engaged with other teams regarding potential trades for Rodgers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: In what appears to be the latest chapter of the Rodgers saga, conflicting reports surfaced late Friday evening and into Saturday morning that the four-time MVP was truly torn on whether or not he'd want to return to the Packers, and that teams were lining up to acquire the superstar QB. That evidently is not the case according to Schefter and the report was also backed up by Matt Schneidman of The Athletic. There's still optimism from Green Bay's front office Rodgers will eventually make his decision before the new league year begins March 16, but it seems fair to assume should the 39-year-old opt to cut ties with the only franchise he's ever been apart of, numerous teams will be eager to bid for his services.

Mar 5, 2022 9:42 AM EST

Relationship with team in good place

Rodgers' "relationship [with the Packers] is in as good a spot as it has been in quite a long time," creating optimism from both sides that he'll remain in Green Bay for the 2022 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After Rodgers chose not to report to training camp on time last offseason due to his acrimonious relationship with the Green Bay front office, speculation abounded that the Packers would look to trade the longtime franchise quarterback. Though the Packers were able to temporarily cool tensions last July by reworking his contract and agreeing to revisit possible trade discussions during the upcoming offseason, Rodgers no longer seems as resolute about moving on from the organization. While Green Bay's season ended with a disappointing loss to San Francisco in the divisional round, Rodgers guided the team to an NFC-best 13-4 record and took home his fourth MVP award. When he accepted the award Thursday, Rodgers notably thanked Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and team president Mark Murphy, then told NFL Network after the ceremony that he's had "good conversations with Green Bay" about working out a new deal. As a result of having his deal reworked last summer, the 2022 portion of Rodgers' contract was voided. Green Bay will have the option of using its franchise tag on Rodgers for the upcoming season, but Rapoport relays that the Packers are looking to keep him in the fold on a two-year deal worth more than $45 million annually.

Feb 13, 2022 6:33 AM EST

Earns another MVP award

Rodgers was named Most Valuable Player for the 2021 season Thursday.

Analysis: Rodgers was named MVP for the second consecutive season and for the fourth time in his career. Though he was outperformed in metrics such as yards and touchdowns, Rodgers was rewarded for his accuracy and ability to protect the ball. He threw only four interceptions -- the lowest mark of any regular starter this season -- and also posted a stellar 68.9 completion percentage. Rodgers also led the Packers to a successful regular season, highlighted by a 13-4 record and the number one seed in the NFC. Despite all of that success, it's not yet clear whether he will be under center in Green Bay to begin the 2022 campaign.

Feb 10, 2022 8:05 PM EST

Could decide on future soon

Rodgers suggested Tuesday that he'll make a decision on his NFL future well before the start of the new league year in mid-March, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Rodgers said it would be "disrespectful to the organization" if he waited until the start of free agency to make a decision. He still has one year remaining on his contract, and while there was some thought he'd try to force a trade this offseason, Rodgers could also retire or stick around with the Packers. It'll be an interesting few months in Green Bay, to say the least, with top receiver Davante Adams likely getting the franchise tag as his contract expires. Of course, if Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, the team might try to tag-and-trade Adams rather than using the tag as a bridge to a contract extension.

Jan 25, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Solid performance not enough

Rodgers completed 20 of 29 passes for 225 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions during the Packers' 13-10 loss to the 49ers in their NFC divisional-round matchup Saturday night. He also committed a fumble that was recovered by Green Bay.

Analysis: Rodgers' numbers were certainly solid enough, albeit a bit underwhelming from a fantasy perspective due to the complete absence of touchdowns. The future Hall of Famer also couldn't follow up a very efficient first quarter with enough production the rest of the way, not leading another scoring drive until a 14-play, 57-yard march early in the fourth quarter that culminated in a Mason Crosby 33-yard field goal. Those points would prove to be the final ones of the night for Green Bay, with the Packers going backwards on their final three plays before punting the ball over to the 49ers and never getting it back. The heartbreaking and abrupt finish to a season in which he and his teammates squandered the NFC's No. 1 seed could be an intriguing factor in Rodgers' plans for 2022, considering he'd seemingly softened his offseason stance on wanting to play elsewhere for what would be the potential final year of his contract as this past regular season unfolded.

Jan 22, 2022 8:30 PM EST

Logs full practice Tuesday

Rodgers (toe) was a full practice participant Tuesday.

Analysis: In his previous media availability last Wednesday, Rodgers relayed that his left pinkie toe wouldn't be a problem for him during the playoffs. With the Packers set to open their postseason run Saturday versus the 49ers, he opened the week of prep sans limitations on the practice field, which is a change from the norm established since he sustained a toe fracture during his stay on the reserve/COVID-19 list on either side of a Week 9 contest at Kansas City. Stretching back to Week 11, Rodgers put together 1,929 yards, 20 touchdowns and no interceptions in six-and-a-half games of action before taking a seat for the second half of the team's Week 18 defeat in Detroit.

Jan 18, 2022 2:38 PM EST

Toe issue almost behind him

Rodgers said Wednesday that his fractured left pinky toe won't be an issue in the postseason, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Rodgers has been contending with the injury since his spell on the reserve/COVID-19 list that forced him to sit out a Week 9 matchup with the Chiefs. While he didn't record a TD in his return Week 10 against the Seahawks, he's been on an absolute tear in the meantime, tossing 20 versus no interceptions while racking up 1,929 yards on 72 percent passing over the last seven games. Rodgers relayed he hasn't taken a pain-killing injection in his toe since getting stepped on just before halftime of a win on Christmas Day against the Browns, a span of two contests. He also practiced Wednesday, after which he noted, "(I'm) close to 100 percent but think I should be 100 percent by next week." The Packers don't open the playoffs until a divisional-round matchup to be determined on either Jan. 22 or 23.

Jan 12, 2022 2:53 PM EST

Brief showing

Rodgers completed 14 of 18 pass attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit on Sunday.

Analysis: Rodgers took a surprising amount of pressure in this brief appearance, getting sacked three times, but this was otherwise little more than a walkthrough for the MVP candidate before letting Jordan Love take over the rest of the meaningless game. He finishes the year with 366 completions on 531 pass attempts, producing 4,115 yards, 38 touchdowns and four interceptions in 16 games. Guessing the future with Rodgers has been a rocky task in recent years, but conventionally a team doesn't willingly part with an MVP-winning quarterback, even if he's less than universally beloved. The previously assumed alternative, the former first-round pick Love, was less than convincing in this game, completing 10 of 17 pass attempts for 134 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Packers will prepare for the playoffs for the time being, and they'll await their opponent following a first-round bye as the top seed in the NFC.

Jan 9, 2022 2:16 PM EST

Ready for start

Rodgers (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Rodgers has played some of the best football of his career while dealing with the toe injury, and he wants to continue in Week 18 even with the Packers locked in for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Friday that Rodgers will start Sunday, though LaFleur wasn't much help in terms of expectations for playing time, merely saying it would be based on how the game goes. Anything from a couple drives to a full game is thus in play, making Rodgers a high-risk, high-reward fantasy play for Week 18.

Jan 7, 2022 12:35 PM EST

Confirmed for Week 18 start

Coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Rodgers will start Sunday's game against the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Playing a full game is another matter, with the Packers locked in for the NFC's No. 1 seed. LaFleur didn't provide much in terms of hints, simply saying he'll see how the game goes before making any decisions on pulling starters. That leaves Rodgers as a risky Week 18 fantasy option, albeit with huge upside in a dome game against a bad defense.

Jan 7, 2022 12:05 PM EST

Gets in limited practice

Rodgers (toe) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Since coming down with a broken toe in mid-November, Rodgers often hasn't made his presence felt on the practice field before the final session of a given week, if he's been able to take part at all. As a result, he seems to be healthier than he's been in some time and poised to get rid of his designation when the Packers post Friday's injury report, as he normally does. Coach Matt LaFleur hasn't revealed how much Rodgers may play Sunday at Detroit, suggesting Wednesday that he'll feel out the situation and make the decision to remove starters during the game, according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Jan 6, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Practicing Thursday

Rodgers (toe) took part in Thursday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's rare for Rodgers to get practice reps on Fridays since he was diagnosed with a broken toe in early November. Now with an appearance on the field on a Thursday, he appears to be the healthiest he's been in some time and will log at least a limited session. The bigger question surrounding Rodgers for a Week 18 visit to Detroit is how much he'll play Sunday, which coach Matt LaFleur intimated Wednesday would be based off "feel," per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Jan 6, 2022 10:47 AM EST

No practice Wednesday

Rodgers (toe) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Rodgers made a rare appearance at practice last Friday, mixing in as a limited participant. It was his first notable on-field work since Week 14, but his toe fracture hasn't stopped him from producing on game days, as he's accounted for 1,791 yards, 18 touchdowns and no interceptions on 71.6 percent passing over the last six contests. With the No. 1 seed on the NFC side of the playoffs locked up, the Packers may opt to hold Rodgers out or limit his snap count Sunday at Detroit. Speaking to the media Wednesday, coach Matt LaFleur said "if and when" he removes the starters from the game will be based off "feel," according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. As a result, it appears Rodgers will make a Week 18 cameo, at the very least.

Jan 5, 2022 11:02 AM EST

Strong showing in blowout win

Rodgers (toe) completed 29 of 38 pass attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns while rushing two times for eight more yards in Sunday's 37-10 rout of the Vikings.

Analysis: Minnesota's defense was able to contain Rodgers for the first couple drives of the contest, but once the quarterback got rolling, it turned into a landslide victory. Things got so out of hand that backup Jordan Love got to run the offense for the final half of the fourth quarter. Rodgers improved his season totals to 3,977 yards with a 69 percent completion rate. The 38-year-old will fall short of his gaudy MVP totals from a year ago, but a sparkling 35:4 TD:INT ratio is the best in the NFL, firmly placing the superstar in the MVP discussion. The Packers have nothing to play for in Week 18 when the team takes on the lowly Lions, so head coach Matt LaFleur may opt to rest his quarterback in order to let his aching toe heal even more before the playoffs.

Jan 2, 2022 9:31 PM EST

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