The Packers quarterback’s icy relationship with the organization appears to be thawing.
Aaron Rodgers appeared to land in Green Bay amid reports he’s finalizing a deal with the Packers to play the 2021 season after an offseason filled with turmoil.
Video from photographers at the airport appeared to show Rodgers in the plane and then getting escorted out of the tarmac in a black SUV.
Rodgers would be entering his 17th season with the Packers and possibly his last.
The reigning NFL MVP is expected to suit up for the Packers in 2021 as the two sides continue to work toward the final stages of a reworked contract before the start of training camp on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
ESPN reported the new agreement would help set up Rodgers’ departure from Green Bay. The quarterback was originally set to become a free agent after the 2023 season. The two sides are in the final stages of addressing some of Rodgers’ issues with the organization, according to ESPN.
The deal would reportedly include voiding the final year on his current deal and prevents him to be hit with the franchise tag in the future. Rodgers’ current contract will likely be adjusted. He won’t lose any money, but it will free up some cap room for the Packers.
Rodgers has yet to appear in any of the Packers’ offseason activities.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy told shareholders on Monday the organization wants him back.
“We want him back. We’re committed to him for 2021 and beyond. He’s our leader and we’re looking forward to winning another Super Bowl,” Murphy said, via ESPN.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst also addressed Packers’ shareholders. Rodgers reportedly wanted the organization to get rid of Gutekunst, but Green Bay had expressed support for the executive.
“We have been working tirelessly with Aaron and his representatives to resolve the issues [Rodgers has raised], and we are hopeful for a positive resolution,” Gutekunst said.
Rodgers never publicly asked for a trade, he just alluded to an issue with the culture of the organization. He often expressed love for his teammates but didn’t seem to have any faith in the front office.
Since day one, Green Bay has been adamant about keeping Rodgers.