On Sunday, the 10-time Pro Bowler made an appearance at a youth basketball game ans set off a set of rumors at the same time as he was spotted in the Columbus, Ohio area.
Per sports writer Frank DiRenna, “With photo courtesy of a friend, there was an Aaron Rodgers sighting earlier today at an area youth girls basketball game.” Adding, “Rodgers reportedly signed autographs for young fans.”
Rodgers was reportedly in attendance to support his friend and former teammate, A.J. Hawk, who lives in Ohio. Even still, it set off some rumors of a possible meeting with the Cleveland Browns.
Despite what social media thinks, Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy made at least one thing clear about the upcoming start to the 2022 offseason: the franchise wants Aaron Rodgers back.
“We are significantly over the salary cap for next year, and will have to make many difficult decisions in order to get under the cap. A key factor will be whether Aaron Rodgers comes back for the 2022 season,” Murphy said.
“[Packers coach Matt LeFleur], [General manager Brian Gutekunst], executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball and I are all in agreement that we want Aaron to come back. He is likely to win his fourth league MVP, is the unquestioned leader of our team and is still playing at a high level at 38.
“Although we will face many challenges this offseason, I have tremendous confidence in Matt, Brian and Russ. I don’t think anyone in the league knows the rules regarding the salary cap better than Russ. He will be our most valuable employee this offseason.”
Rodgers restructured his contract after reestablishing his relationship with the Packers last offseason.
Aaron Rodgers completed 20-of-29 passes for 225 yards and no scores as the Packers lost 13-10 to the 49ers in the divisional round. It was yet another disappointing exit for the team that had a spectacular regular season.
Rodgers is still looking for his second appearance in the Super Bowl for his career.
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