Aaron Rodgers has decided to return to the Green Bay Packers and a big part of his decision was his relationship with general manager Brian Gutekunst. Rodgers easily could’ve forced his way to the Denver Broncos as they were interested in trading for him but decided to go back to the only team he’s ever played for.
It was a conversation during a mid-August practice last year that really healed the relationship between Rodgers and the team. “The best analogy is that was me and Brett Favre shaking hands on stage at the NFL Honors,” Rodgers told Pat McAfee on his show on Feb. 22.
“I felt like, and Brett would probably say the same thing, it was kind of a catalyst to get Brett back in the fold. And that’s what that conversation was with Brian and I.” “I feel like that was kind of a first step toward having real, free-flowing conversation and friendship, and I’m definitely thankful for the work that he put in on the relationship.
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I had to be more comfortable with those conversations, with being responsive to them in a super timely manner, trying to find kindness in adverse moments or difficult conversations that we had, and I feel like we all grew and had a good year of communication.” Rodgers announced on Twitter that he will be returning for an 18th season after reports came out about his mega-extension.
The #Packers and MVP QB Aaron Rodgers have agreed to terms on a 4-year, $200M deal that makes him the highest paid player in NFL history, sources say. He gets a whopping $153M guaranteed and his cap number goes down. A monstrous commitment by GB for years to come. ? ? ?
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2022
If Rodgers signs the extension, he’d be the highest-paid player in NFL history. Green Bay will be all-in yet again next season with Rodgers at the helm.