The Green Bay Packers enter the offseason with the sole focus of appeasing star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers falling short of the Super Bowl, the tumult that unfolded last summer set the table for a crucial several months ahead.
The three-time league MVP is allowing the front office’s roster decision-making to significantly impact his future. Green Bay knows it must add game-changing talent, making the Dallas Cowboys’ path ahead with Amari Cooper more interesting.
Cowboys are moving toward parting ways with Amari Cooper
The Cowboys’ decision to ink Dak Prescott to a four-year, $160 million deal has unsurprisingly pivoted the franchise to consider moving off other pieces to maintain financial flexibility.
Amari Cooper has become a primary target as he will make $20 million fully guaranteed on March 20. If the Cowboys cut Cooper, it would only be $6 million against the salary cap instead of $22 million.
The 27-year-old recorded eight receiving touchdowns in the 2021 campaign, but his overall numbers fell below his norm, notching 68 catches for 865 receiving yards. He also missed the final two games of the regular season due to COVID-19 reasons.
Cooper’s uncertain status could open the door for the Packers to give Aaron Rodgers the offensive weapon he needs.
Aaron Rodgers’ uncertain future forces the Packers to find a way to land Amari Cooper
Throughout much of his career, Rodgers has become begrudgingly used to the Packers’ refusal to take wide receivers in the first round of the draft.
The star quarterback has made the most of the situation while Davante Adams has developed into one of the game’s Best players. However, the franchise has neglected to address the need for another game-changing talent in the passing game alongside Adams.
Those factors should lead the Packers toward finding a way to jump into the mix for Amari Cooper. The Pro Bowl wideout is inevitably headed toward free agency or the trade market.
Meanwhile, Green Bay must first figure out their salary-cap situation with the current projection of $30 million over the cap. Their effort will start with inking Adams to a long-term deal. The hope is that he will take less than expected, while the Packers need to hammer out an extension with Rodgers.
The 38-year-old holds a $46.1 million cap hit for the 2022 season, making a reduced number a must. Although that sits as a daunting task, the Packers need to avoid making that same mistake after seeing Odell Beckham Jr. become a crucial piece toward lifting the Los Angeles Rams to their first Super Bowl win in over two decades.
If Green Bay is truly committed to Rodgers remaining the long-term answer under center, then finding a way to add Cooper sits as the desired outcome.
The Packers dictates their future ahead
The Packers have their hands full, but the front office’s decision-making has put them in a precarious position.
Rodgers prefers to play the rest of his career in Green Bay. However, if the organization can’t offer him the best chance to win, he will push his way to play elsewhere. The 38-year-old certainly holds more say with his NFL future than at any previous point, making the franchise’s offseason plans critical.
Green Bay must do whatever it can to prove to Rodgers that they want to maximize his remaining window to compete for the Super Bowl. In other words, their actions must do all the talking to keep the future Hall of Famer committed.