Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards, Russell Wilson led the NFL in touchdowns, and Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson were breakout sensations, but there's only one Aaron Rodgers. Last season was a waste thanks to a collarbone fracture that effectively cost him 10 games, but he was good for 21-plus Fantasy points in five of the six games he did play and remains one of Fantasy's most consistent scorers. There is a dot of concern about how he'll fare without Jordy Nelson, but Davante Adams should pick up the slack as the Packers' No. 1 receiver and tight end Jimmy Graham offers a fresh, new red-zone target for Rodgers. Tack on Green Bay's run game being no sure thing, and we should see another banner season from Rodgers. That's why he'll be one of the first few quarterbacks you'll see snared on Draft Day. Given the depth of the position, he shouldn't be taken before Round 3 in typical leagues. If you start multiple quarterbacks, he'll be a first-round pick.
Rodgers hopes to still be playing football when he's 40 years old, Peter King of NBC Sports reports. "I'd love to play to 40," he said. "I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom [Brady] is kind of rewriting the book. Brett [Favre] had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40." Rodgers points to the fact he's done a good job avoiding injuries, with the exception of breaking his collarbone in 2013 and 2017. He's otherwise played 15 or 16 games each season since taking over as the starter, accounting for at least 32 touchdowns in every full campaign. The 34-year-old acknowledges that he's been thinking about his contract as he prepares for the fourth season of a five-year, $110 million extension. The deal put him first in the league for average annual value when he signed it in 2013, but it now looks like a massive bargain for the Packers, with nine quarterbacks above Rodgers in AAV, per OverTheCap. It won't come as any surprise if he gets a new deal before the end of the year, though he doesn't seem to have the best relationship with new general manager Brian Gutekunst, who released Jordy Nelson and opted not to re-sign QBs coach Alex Van Pelt -- a pair of decisions that Rodgers wishes he'd been consulted on. Regardless, the superstar quarterback has made it clear he wants to finish his career in Green Bay.
Rodgers is frustrated with the lack of communication between him and the Packers front office this offseason, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports. Rodgers likely understands that he can't make decisions for management, but he reportedly wishes the team had at least consulted him before cutting ties with former quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The 34-year-old quarterback doesn't seem to be a huge fan of new general manager Brian Gutenkunst, potentially making it a bit tougher to hammer out a contract extension. Rodgers' current deal has him scheduled to make $20.6 million in 2018 and $21.1 million in 2019, per OverTheCap. Fully recovered from last year's broken collarbone, Rodgers likely wants an extension that matches or exceeds the contracts recently signed by Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo and Matthew Stafford -- all featuring an average annual value of at least $27 million, per OTC. The Packers at least did Rodgers one favor this offseason when they replaced Nelson with another red-zone weapon in the form of tight end Jimmy Graham. The team signed Davante Adams to a four-year extension in December and seemingly plans to keep Randall Cobb for at least one more season.
Head coach Mike McCarthy relayed Wednesday that the Packers' team trainer said "everything looks good" with regard to Rodgers' recovery from Oct. 19 surgery to repair his right collarbone, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. McCarthy said Rodgers would be ready to go for the Packers' offseason program, which begins in April. Rodgers was able to recover from the procedure and return from injured reserve when first eligible to start Week 15 against the Panthers, even though his collarbone hadn't completely healed at that point. The signal caller avoided any reported setbacks in that game, but exhibited some rustiness while completing only 26-of-45 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in a losing effort, which essentially ended the Packers' playoff hopes. The Packers returned Rodgers to IR for the final two games of the season in order to avoid any complications heading into 2018, and it appears that the 34-year-old is now 100 percent healthy. With Rodgers' health seemingly no longer a concern, the Packers' focus will shift to negotiating an extension with the quarterback, who has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $110 million pact he inked with Green Bay in April of 2013.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Rodgers won't require any further procedures on his surgically-repaired right collarbone, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "Aaron's in rest and recovery mode," McCarthy said. "He has a distinct rehab plan as he moves forward." The Packers' medical staff signed off on Rodgers to return from a seven-game absence and start in the Week 15 loss to the Panthers, even though the quarterback's collarbone wasn't 100 percent healed. Though Rodgers didn't suffer a setback with his throwing shoulder during the outing, McCarthy relayed that the two-time MVP was a little sore afterward. With Green Bay eliminated from postseason contention in the aftermath of Week 15, the team elected to move Rodgers back to injured reserve for the second time this season and shut him down for the final two contests of 2017. Brett Hundley is slated to start Saturday against the Vikings and Week 17 against the Lions.
The Packers placed Rodgers (collarbone) on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season. Per Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy noted that Rodgers was "sore" following his return from a seven-game absence in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Panthers, but it's not believed that he experienced a setback with his surgically repaired collarbone. Instead, Rodgers' move back to IR for the second time this season likely has more to do with the Packers officially being eliminated from postseason contention following the Falcons' win over the Buccaneers on Monday. With Green Bay not eager to risk the two-time MVP aggravating the injury to his throwing shoulder during what amounts to two meaningless games to end the season, Rodgers will be shut down for further rest, likely meaning that Brett Hundley will take over as the team's signal caller Sunday against the Vikings.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||27||21.00|
|8||10/28||@Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
|9||11/05||@New England Patriots||30||21.53|
|16||12/23||@New York Jets||26||21.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||63.6||3308||29||7||280||2||337|