Analysis: Rodgers' return to Green Bay makes most sense

Posted 7/27/21

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to have a better chance to win a Super Bowl this season somewhere other than Green Bay.

The Packers weren’t going to contend for a Super Bowl without Rodgers running …

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Analysis: Rodgers' return to Green Bay makes most sense

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Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going to have a better chance to win a Super Bowl this season somewhere other than Green Bay.

The Packers weren’t going to contend for a Super Bowl without Rodgers running the offense.

Given those two factors, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that on Tuesday in the surest sign yet that the and Packers executives are at least temporarily putting aside their differences. The Packers hold their first training-camp workout Wednesday.

after in the hours leading up to the draft that he wasn’t interested in returning to Green Bay for a 17th season. Rodgers’ arrival on Tuesday followed and reports that the two sides were close to an agreement keeping him with the Packers this season.

The long-term status of this relationship remains uncertain. ESPN reported the Packers agreed to drop the 2023 season from Rodgers’ contract and review his situation with the team at the end of the season, potentially clearing the way for his eventual exit.

The exact reasons for Rodgers’ discontent are not known. At least not publicly. about his issues during an ESPN interview in late May.

“I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers said at the time. “History is important, the legacy of so many people who’ve come before you. But the people, that’s the most important thing. People make an organization. People make a business, and sometimes that gets forgotten. Culture is built brick by brick, the foundation of it by the people, not by the organization, not by the building, not by the corporation. It’s built by the people.”

Packers CEO/president Mark Murphy defended the organization’s culture during a news conference after the team’s Monday. But he also acknowledged the standoff with Rodgers had caused team officials to look inward.

“I think any organization, you reflect back and you evaluate the decisions you’ve made and things you might have done differently, but I’m not going to share them here,” Murphy said.

For now, they’ll continue this uneasy marriage while seeking the Super Bowl title that has eluded both parties since the 2010 season. The Packers have lost in the NFC championship four of the last seven seasons, of the

The Packers are good enough to make another Super Bowl run, as long as it includes Rodgers.

Although the Packers’ only major free-agent addition from another organization was former Arizona Cardinals linebacker they spent big over the last 12 months to keep All-Pro offensive tackle defensive tackle and running back , as well as cornerback

If Rodgers had been traded, he couldn’t have landed anywhere that offered him a better chance to win.

The Denver Broncos seemed the most natural trade possibility with their talented defense, promising receiving corps and uncertain quarterback situation. Rodgers could have made the Broncos instant playoff contenders but also would have needed to compete in the same division with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, whereas he makes the Packers clear favorites in the NFC North.

Given the Packers are built to win now, they couldn’t afford to open the season with as their starting quarterback. Love didn’t play a single down in his rookie season and never even got to participate in any preseason games due to the pandemic. The just in case he needed to take over.

The Packers added a veteran insurance policy by signing but he hasn’t started a game since 2018 and certainly isn't in Rodgers' class.

Rodgers’ arrival in Green Bay this week indicates the Packers don’t have to worry about those possibilities. They can instead look forward to having one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

They have arguably the league’s top quarterback/receiver tandem with the reigning MVP throwing to All-Pro wideout Davante Adams, whose contract expires at the end of the season. in free agency, but 2020 second-round pick

The Packers’ biggest preseason concerns now are the health of on Dec. 31, and the situation at center following All-Pro selection

Replacing Linsley will be tough. Replacing the guy who has taken Linsley’s snaps for the last several years would have been significantly tougher.

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