1. Aaron Rodgers will be back in 2018
More important than any free agent signing or number of draft picks is Aaron Rodgers. The Packers’ season was effectively over the moment he broke his collarbone at Minnesota. His return immediately makes Green Bay a Super Bowl contender.
This is Rodgers’ team. When he’s at his MVP-best the Packers are difficult to beat, regardless of how well the defense is playing.
The hope is that the eight reasons already listed in this article, along with a healthy Rodgers, come together to make the Packers a force in the NFC. While they have made the postseason eight times in the last nine attempts, they haven’t earned a first-round bye since 2014. And that year they should have made the Super Bowl.
As long as Rodgers is healthy all season, the Packers will be in contention for a Super Bowl return. If Brian Gutekunst can make a couple of key free agent signings and hit on a few drafts picks, the roster will be in good shape entering 2018.
But make no mistake, no matter what happens this offseason, the Packers’ hopes of another championship rest on the right arm of their two-time MVP. His return is the biggest reason for fans to be optimistic entering the 2018 season.