The offseason standoff between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers appears to be reaching an anticlimactic finish, as the franchise has reportedly offered concessions to try to persuade the reigning league MVP to return to Lambeau Field for at least one more season.
And if his issues are resolved and a reworked contract is finalized within the coming days, expect 2021 to be Rodgers' final year wearing green and gold, according to former Packers fullback John Kuhn.
"Boy, it's hard to look at the writing on the wall and think that's not the case," Kuhn told The Zach Gelb Show on Monday. "I think the Packers need to do something exceptional this year, and maybe something out of the ordinary. Not just make a deep playoff run, but maybe find a way to add a position here before the trade deadline throughout the season, or make a trade right before the beginning of the season that proves they're in it to win it.
"Because Aaron Rodgers, quite frankly, he's looking at the last few holes of his back-nine of his career. And even though Tom Brady's still playing at the age of 44, that's an anomaly, right there. Can Aaron Rodgers play until he's 44? Possibly. But the reality is, he's got three, five, six years left in this thing. And if he feels like this year the Packers don't go all-in, that just might be all the sign that he needs to leave..."
On Monday afternoon, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported that Rodgers "has indicated to people close to him" that he plans on playing for the Packers this season. This stunning news came a week after ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported that the 37-year-old quarterback declined a a record-breaking extension offered by Green Bay earlier this offseason.
"We want [Rodgers] back, we're committed to him for 2021 and beyond," Packers president Mark Murphy said during the team's annual shareholders meeting on Monday. "He's our leader and we're looking forward to winning another Super Bowl."
Rodgers completed a career-high 70.7-percent of his passes for 4,299 yards with 48 touchdowns and just five interceptions last season. He also set three NFL records -- including the most games (10) with a passer rating over 120.0 in a season -- and led Green Bay to an NFC title game appearance.
Packers training camp officially begins on Tuesday, and the expectation is that Rodgers will report on time. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, Green Bay is currently the favorite (-150) to win the NFC North, and has the third-best odds (+650) to win the conference.
The entire Rodgers-Packers conversation between Kuhn and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.