Louis Riddick explains how Aaron Rodgers and the Packers can move forward, if there is an agreement. (1:39).
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This was the reaction of a long-serving NFL personnel executive to Monday's news from ESPNs Adam Schefter about the Green Bay Packers offering concessions in an effort to persuade quarterback Aaron Rodgers back to the team for at most one more season.
This has The Last Dance written all across it. However, it is far from certain that it will end in the same fashion as Michael Jordan's last season with Chicago Bulls. Rodgers will bring the Lombardi Trophy back home to Green Bay.
However, it is a sign that Rodgers, at least, an NFL player, can now manage his career with greater control than any other player.
It's insane, and it suggests that I am bigger than the team, according to the personnel executive. It's a one-year contract, and then he can be traded.
The 2021 offseason has caused irreparable damage to Rodgers' and his team.
It's kinda a pox on us both, Aaron and Aaron," Packers president Mark Murphy stated Monday shortly before Schefters reported of a pending deal.
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Rodgers' approach to this offseason has tarnished his legacy. At least, among some Packers fans. This spring, a yard sign in Green Bay read: Aaron, Go Pack.
Rodgers' decision to forgo all offseason activities might also have implications on the field.
Rodgers did not need to play 7-on-7 anymore or throws to unguarded receivers. Remember last offseason when Rodgers were so involved with Nathaniel Hackett, the offensive coordinator, and coach Matt LaFleur in refining their system? All of that was absent this year.
You either get better or worse, as the old saying goes. It is likely that the opposing defensive coordinators have developed counters to what made the Packers one of the most productive offenses in the NFL last year.
Rodgers' demands, even though they were outrageous, such as wanting to influence the selection of the next defensive coordinator for this year, Rodgers clearly felt disregarded, regardless of whether it was justified. This was his statement during Kenny Maynes' final SportsCenter interview in May.
The Packers have their faults, too. Murphy and Brian Gutekunst, their general manager, should not have let this get to this point with their three-time MVP. The team had to show him appreciation and respect, regardless of whether it was to give him a heads up before trading up to Jordan Love, draft quarterback for the first round last season, or to at least create the appearance of influence.
The Packers may feel the effects of Aaron Rodgers' decision not to attend the offseason. Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire
Murphy would not say what Rodgers told the organization he wanted.
Murphy stated Monday that he would not go into details.
Assuming Rodgers is fully on board, there's no reason to believe the Packers won't be a Super Bowl contender again.
Rodgers could have had more input on the roster if the Packers made concessions -- there was a report that Randall Cobb wanted the Packers to trade for him -- but then you can imagine being a non-star in the Packers locker rooms. You have to please not only the coaches and scouts but also Rodgers.
The 52 other players need to understand that catering to one player can be a difficult message. It's a big-boy league. But why add more stress?
If you are at the moment, there are upsides to a one year approach. Even if Rodgers' Packers don't win, Love will still have another year to develop. There is no doubt that he requires it. In the spring 2022, the Packers could trade Rodgers to a losing team. They would have high draft picks and a veteran Love in return.
play 2:24 Schefter - Packers and Rodgers nearing an agreement Adam Schefter reports about the concessions that the Packers are prepared to make in order to bring back Aaron Rodgers one more season.
The Packers made it seem that they were willing to do anything for Rodgers, regardless of whether or not this is true.
Gutekunst stated Monday that he had been working hard with Aaron and his representative to resolve the issues he raised during offseason. "And we remain optimistic for a positive solution."
Rodgers silence and cryptic messages on the other hand only muddied Rodgers position. Rodgers' most recent post, which was accompanied with a similar message from Davante Adams, was a photo of Scottie and Jordan Pippen. At the time, no one knew if Rodgers or Adams had their Last Dance yet, or if they would.
Murphy smiled on Monday that I did actually enjoy The Last Dance. I learned a lot. There was so much going on. It was a lot. I believe Adams and Rodgers were having fun. Aaron should win as many rings and Michael. It would be a great way to end his career.