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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Not only can Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams be a package deal, but the timing of whether both will return to the Green Bay Packers or not can happen almost simultaneously.
While Rodgers initially said he would likely have a decision when the free agency begins, which is March 16, he offered the option that it could be even faster.
If the Packers need to use the franchise mark on Adams, the All Pro receiver, they can do so as early as February 22, but no later than March 8. Rodgers has already said he does not want to be a part of a rebuild and probably considers everything without Adams to be just that. And in the same way for Adams, he would almost certainly prefer to be able to explore his options if Rodgers does not return to the Packers.
“I want to be respectful of the organization,” Rodgers said said Tuesday on The Pat McAfee Show. “A decision that will be imminent will, of course, be Davante and his future with the team. There’s still something called a franchise brand that I do not think ’17 ‘will have the franchise.
“I think it should be enough time to make a decision before then. I do not want to put myself on a specific date, but I would like to be sensitive to Davante and many other guys who have to make decisions on their own. “Pulling it out of the free agency would be disrespectful to the organization and the guys, and it’s not going to happen 100 percent.”
There are also the consequences of the wage cap to consider. The Packers sit $ 44.8 million above their expected salary cap for the 2022 season, and that’s without Adams. The franchise mark for a recipient will be close to $ 20 million. The teams must have their top-51 players under their caps before noon. 16 ET on March 16th.
Rodgers gave few, if any, hints as to which road he is leaning toward in the 2022 season. He said on Tuesday’s show that almost everything is on the table – a return to Green Bay, a trade request and retirement. He knows free agency is not an option because he still has another year left on his contract and he said he would not sit out one season and then return.
“I have no desire to do that; it makes no sense,” Rodgers said.
Coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that he met with Rodgers as part of the exit-interview process that takes place after the season. It was not known if Rodgers met with general manager Brian Gutekunst or team president Mark Murphy, but Rodgers was still in Green Bay from Tuesday.
“I feel like I’m on the spot relationally with the Packers, a really good place, especially with Brian and the way our friendship and trust has grown, where it would be a simple conversation, and whatever comes out of the conversation, going forward, “Rodgers said. “There’s not going to be a strange standoff, war of silence or anything. Brian and I have had good conversations throughout the year, and when it’s time to make a decision, we’ll have a conversation, and it will be. a long, drawn-out process. “
Rodgers skipped the entire offseason program last season and suggested that if he were to return for another season, he would prefer to skip most of it again.
When he returned to the Packers last July, he admitted he did not participate in the offseason program last year, giving a hint as to how retirement might feel, even though he continued his regular workouts and workouts as if he were playing.
“I’m not afraid to retire,” he said Tuesday. “I felt that during recess, so there is no fear around it. The uncertainty is not disturbing at all. It is almost exciting to think about what life is going to look like in the future.”
In addition to his meetings with LaFleur and Gutekunst, he said he will also consult with “friends and loved ones and former teammates who have moved on and current teammates who are still playing.”
And in the end, it will come to this:
“I think it’s going to be a lot of intuition and a lot of emotion,” Rodgers said. “You have to imagine yourself in those situations, because I do not want to sit there during the season and go, man, ‘I should probably have put it on’.” Or to sit there and not with the organization – an organization – and say, “God, I should play right now.”
“I think it’s just a confidence that I know exactly what to do. Once you make a decision, it’s the decision and you move on. Until you reach that certainty, you do not make a decision. “There is also a time frame for this because I understand that my decision affects a number of other people’s decisions. I want to be very sensitive to it, so I will definitely make a decision sooner rather than later.”