The cold war between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers has thawed some over the last few days and the NFL's reigning MVP is now poised to return to Green Bay for the 2021 season on a revised contract. Of course, this comes after an offseason-long feud between the two sides, largely spearheaded by the quarterback's discontent with his standing in the organization and a lack of say in certain decisions.
As you may expect, Rodgers was the topic of conversation during Packers GM Brian Gutekunst's meeting with reporters on Wednesday and he was asked specifically about the quarterback's opinion being heard. Gutekunst noted that Rodgers has always had a voice within the organization, but may now focus on following through with his wishes.
"He's earned that seat at the table to have a voice," Gutekunst said. "He always has had a voice, I think it's just kind of incorporating that."
One sign that things may be different in that aspect is the Packers' reported acquisition of wide receiver Randall Cobb in a trade with the Houston Texans. Bringing Cobb back to Green Bay was said to be a move motivated primarily due to Rodgers' desire to reunite with the veteran pass-catcher.
Gutekunst did not dive too deeply into Rodgers' revamped contract, citing that it has not been finalized yet. That said, he is confident that he'll be with the team in 2021 and he's already showed up to the start of training camp. Beyond 2021, however, seems to be where things get a bit dicy. This newly agreed upon contract reportedly paves the way for an easier departure from Green Bay for Rodgers next offseason. Gutekunst even seemed to acknowledge that this could be Rodgers' final season with the Packers.
"I think what he's done for this organization, he deserves at least the conversation every year about where we're headed, where he's headed," he said when asked about Rodgers forcing a trade in 2022. "He's earned the right to have those discussions."
In the meantime, Gutekunst did say that Rodgers shares the same goal as the Packers in wanting to contend for a championship in 2021. Anything beyond this year, though, remains a mystery it appears.