Why the signs point to Aaron Rodgers staying with the Packers – The Athletic


INDIANAPOLIS — Matt LaFleur’s words say he doesn’t know if Aaron Rodgers will play for the Packers next season, but his smile says it all.

The Packers head coach told local reporters on Wednesday that Rodgers played an “important role” in the hiring of his former quarterbacks coach, 68-year-old Tom Clements.

The following question…

“Must make you feel pretty good that Aaron is coming back, doesn’t it, that he signed that?”

LaFleur let out three hearty laughs and a big smile.

“Well, I don’t want to get into those conversations too much, but certainly when you have a player of that caliber, as important as he’s been in this organization, and then when he attributes and gives so much praise to someone ‘one like that, to me, you’d be crazy not to listen to that,” LaFleur said. “That’s why I wanted to go sit with Tom and he’s a very impressive guy.

LaFleur wasn’t laughing like last offseason when there was a real threat that Rodgers would never play for the Packers again because of his frustration with the front office. That hurdle has since been overcome thanks to, among other things, general manager Brian Gutekunst involving his quarterback more in decisions that directly affect his job. It’s the biggest thing Rodgers asked for in his lengthy press conference to open 2021 training camp, after all.

The Green Bay brass essentially pleaded publicly last offseason for Rodgers to return as a desperate significant other.

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