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Report: Rodgers and Packers close to agreement that would bring QB back for at least one more season

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers...
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after the NFC championship NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Green Bay, Wis. In a news conference, Monday, July 5, 2021, reigning NFL MVP Rodgers said he has spent this offseason focusing on improving himself in every respect, and that goes beyond making sure he’s in top physical shape. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)(Morry Gash | AP)
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 12:07 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WMTV) - Green Bay Packers fans wanting to see Aaron Rodgers back under center again this season were given another reason to remain hopeful.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Packers are offering Aaron Rodgers concessions to bring him back to Green Bay for at least one more season.

Schefter added that the two sides were able to agree to terms that would have Rodgers report for the first day of training camp on Wednesday, July 28. Both sides are hoping to finalize the agreement shortly

The new agreement would void the final year of Rodgers current contract in 2023 while the MVP quarterback’s contract would be adjusted with no loss of income for Rodgers and giving the team more cap room. Mechanisms would also be put in place to help with Rodgers’ issues with the Packers.

There is an agreement put in place for the Packers to “review” the situation with Rodgers after the season which can lead to the team trading him if he still is upset with Green Bay’s culture and decision making.

This comes hours after Ian Rapoport reported that Rodgers planned to play for Green Bay this season.

Sources are telling NFL Network’s National Insider Ian Rapoport that the superstar quarterback has hinted to the people around him that he expects to play for the Pack this season. Rapoport is quick to caution that nothing is firm and that it is just an “expectation.”

The tweet also reminded readers of some positive news from the other side of the bargaining table, quoting Packers’ general manager Brian Gutekunst as saying he is “hopeful” for Rodgers’ return.

“[T]here is a glimmer of hope,” Rapoport concludes.

Off-season reports indicate that Rodgers is unhappy with his current situation in Green Bay and is looking to be traded. Last week, ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Rodgers rejected a two-year extension that would have made him the highest-paid player in the league sometime this off-season.

He has missed the team’s mini-camps already this year and there remains questions about whether he will show up when training camp begins this week. If Rodgers does not show up, he will be fined $50,000 for every day he is absent. Those fines are not forgivable by the team, according to NFL rules.

While playing in The Match charity golf event on Tuesday in Montana, Rodgers was asked by announcer Brian Anderson if he will be in uniform when the Packers open the season September 12th in New Orleans. His response--”I don’t know.”

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