Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are coming off their second straight campaign following a win shy of reaching the Super Bowl. Following the crushing loss, Rodgers voiced uncertainty around the Packers. The chatter has led to one of the team’s biggest offensive weapons airing doubts about their future in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers guides Packers to deep playoff run
The Packers headed into the 2020 season with lingering questions concerning Aaron Rodgers‘ long-term future.
The 37-year-old silenced that chatter with one of his best seasons, earning him his third MVP award. Rodgers led the league with a career-high 48 touchdown passes, 121.5 passer rating, 84.3 quarterback rating, and a career-high 70.7% completion rate. His play helped him become only the sixth player in NFL history to win at least three MVP awards.
Rodgers also guided the Packers to garner home-field advantage in the NFC playoff picture, and their first time hosting the NFC championship game with him under center. Despite all that, the Packers fell short to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rodgers has since voiced uncertainty around the franchise. It has now seen one of the Packers’ most explosive offensive weapons air the same unknown about their future with the team.
Aaron Rodgers may soon lose a crucial offensive weapon
As the Green Bay Packers head into the offseason, the franchise has some prominent roster decisions ahead.
Among those is Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones, who is set to become a free agent for the first time in his NFL career. During a recent interview with CBS Sports, Jones voiced that he is uncertain about what lies ahead in the coming weeks.
“It’s a lot of uncertainty right now with what’s going on. You got a lot of great players in that locker room who all deserve to get paid. However it works out, it’s going to work out.
“I haven’t really thought about playing with any other team. I’m just depressing from the season, you know like taking a step back from the season. I’m just talking to my agent seeing how things are going to work out. I haven’t really thought about teams.”
It’s quite early in the process, so there wouldn’t be any significant traction in his offseason plans. Keep in mind, free agency is scheduled to begin in roughly a month. The Packers could have some stiff competition for Jones as several other teams could make more lucrative contract offers.
What it speaks to more than anything else is that the Packers have yet to go the route of talking with Jones about any new deal.
Major changes could lie ahead in Green Bay
Since the Packers’ disappointing playoff exit, the organization has strongly voiced no desire to move Aaron Rodgers.
Beyond that, there isn’t any clarity on what the team’s plans are for other prominent players. Jones isn’t the only core player that may have taken their last snap in Green Bay. A few other notable talents, such as starting center Corey Linsley, wide receiver Allen Lazard, tight end Robert Tonyan Jr., and running back Jamaal Williams, could all hit free agency.
Rodgers’ comments following the NFC championship game loss further sheds light on the uncertainty around the future of several key players. The Packers have reached back-to-back NFC title games, but the loss of some pivotal contributors could hurt their chances to make another deep playoff run.
More than anything else, Green Bay is heading into a critical offseason that could significantly impact how the 2021 campaign unfolds.