The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers are reportedly near to a deal that will see the return of the future Hall of Fame quarterback for the 2021 season. Thus, as a consequence, Green Bay’s NFL futures have dropped dramatically while simultaneously Denver’s NFL futures have skyrocketed as any notion of a trade to the Broncos is now out of the question.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on this vital development on social media on Monday, and various other NFL media insiders have confirmed the news since.
“ #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has indicated to people close to him that he does plan to play for GB this season, sources say. That is the expectation. Many factors at play, but with GM Brian Gutekunst saying he is “hopeful” for a positive outcome, there is a glimmer of optimism.”
Packers nation has been on tenterhooks ever since reports of Rodgers’ frustrations sent seismic shockwaves through social media and in turn NFL betting markets. So, it goes without saying, the timing of this announcement couldn’t be more critical with the start of Green Bay’s training camp literally scheduled for the following day on Tuesday.
The Aaron Rodgers saga has been dragging on for months, ever since ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news early in the offseason of an alleged worrisome rift between the veteran signal caller and the Packers front office. The long and the short of it: Rodgers at that time wanted out of Wisconsin badly.
As the sage unfolded, Aaron Rodgers kept conspicuously shtum, avoiding any comment on the matter whatsoever. This deliberate silence emboldened many to trot out more assumptions about his future. From early retirement or sitting out the season in protest to possible trades were just some of the many suggestions floated, stoking the embers of speculation without any real evidence to back it up.
Only on one occasion did Rodgers comment, and that was during a golf tournament that he participated in with Tom Brady. In response to whether or not he would play for Green Bay next season, he simply said “I don’t know.” Let’s face it, on a scale of 1 to 10, that response doesn’t even register on the barometer of helpfulness, vague as it was.
Well, now though, everyone is “in-the-know”, so to speak. Rodgers too. His return is practically a done deal according to multiple media sources and it appears that Rodgers will be either reporting to training camp on Tuesday or starting the first day of training on Wednesday.
All the ins and outs of Rodgers’ deal are yet unknown, but several key components have been revealed and they are as follows: the 2023 season is to be voided from Rodgers’ current contract, the franchise tag may not be used in future years and Rodgers gets a say in his potential destination in 2023.
On the heels of Rodgers’ return, multiple top-rated sportsbooks adjusted their NFL futures for Super Bowl 56 promptly. As per DraftKings Sportsbook, the Packers returned to favour with a price of +1400. In the wider spectrum of Super Bowl 56 betting, the Packers were hovering at or above +3000 only a day ago – the odds vary depending on the choice sportsbook. As well, Rodgers’ MVP odds were re-evaluated too, from a high of +2000 they dropped down to +1000.
Both these NFL markets had suffered considerably during the height of the alleged “rift” or “standoff” as reported by the media between Rodgers and the Packers organisation. But as things currently stand, the Packers are back inside the Top 5 best bets to win Super Bowl 56, sitting pretty alongside the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and LA Rams – all of which are priced at +1400 with DraftKings Sportsbook. In addition, Rodgers updated MVP odds render the veteran signal caller as the second best bet to reclaim the prestigious award in 2021 after top fave Patrick Mahomes at +500.
DraftKings Sportsbook NFL Futures
- Kansas City Chiefs +500
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +600
- Buffalo Bills +1000
- Baltimore Ravens +1400
- San Francisco 49ers +1400
- LA Rams +1400
- Green Bay Packers +1400
- Cleveland Browns +1600
- New Orleans Saints +2500
- Seattle Seahawks +2500
- Indianapolis Colts +2800
- Tennessee Titans +2800
- Dallas Cowboys +3000
- LA Chargers +3000