Green Bay Packers fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The king is coming home.
According to Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers plan to agree to a new, team-friendly deal that will keep the back-to-back MVP in Green Bay for the foreseeable future.
With that domino falling, the Packers have also franchise-tagged All-Pro WR Davante Adams, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. With this news breaking today, it is fair to say that the Green Bay Packers, so far, are having arguably the best offseason in their history.
Anyone who understands the NFL knows that Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have been the best QB-WR duo in the game for the last half-decade. They have the most TDs for a QB-WR duo in Packers history (69). They can finish each other’s sentences. Their bond is irreplaceable. They are both the best in the game, by far, at their respective positions.
GM Brian Gutekunst and the Packers’ front office deserve to stand at the 50-yard line and let 70,000 fans give them a standing ovation.
But it’s not just because they brought back No. 12 and No. 17.
The hiring of Rich Bisaccia was a massive move. The special teams unit of the Packers was the worst overall unit in the league. What a job it was by Matt LaFleur during the week of the Pro Bowl to go out and start those conversations with Bisaccia. The Packers addressed their biggest weakness early on.
Another under-the-radar hire was that of Tom Clements. Clements, who was an offensive assistant for a decade in Green Bay between 2006 and 2016, helped bring Aaron Rodgers along as a young player.
He played a massive part in helping Aaron become a future, first-ballot Hall-of-Fame QB. One of the neatest parts about sports is when players and coaches create a bond that is bigger than sports itself. That’s what Rodgers and Clements have.
Not to mention, the football IQ of both of them is off the charts. The 68-year-old will assume his old duties as QB coach. The brain power between Rodgers, LaFleur, Clements, and recently-promoted OC Adam Stenavich will be off the charts when they get in that QB room together. Take a bow Matt LaFleur. Take a bow Brian Gutekunst and Co.
Yes, the offseason is still young. Yes, there are still over 180 days before the 2022 season kicks off. Yes, there will be some pain ahead in terms of some players possibly not being retained due to the salary cap.
Key players like All-Pro LB De’Vondre Campbell and standout CB Rasul Douglas still need to be re-signed. A lot of things still need to be worked out. Heck, there is still a draft happening in Las Vegas next month that the team needs to prepare for.
The NFL Combine took place last weekend in Indianapolis. There is so much that has to be worked out. But the Packers have done what they needed to do. They are keeping arguably the greatest QB in NFL history around. They are keeping one of the best receivers of this era and certainly the best right now around.
They hired an experienced, personable special teams coach that will turn that ship around. They hired an old ally in Tom Clements. A lot still has to be done clearly this offseason. But so far, the Green Bay Packers have had an incredible offseason. Arguably the greatest in their history.