Rodgers Returns to Lambeau

It appears the seismic shift in the NFC North will have to wait at least another season.

Aaron Rodgers reported to Packers training camp Tuesday, apparently ending — for now — the months-long drama between the quarterback and the organization.

ESPN reported that Green Bay offered several concessions to entice his return:

  • Willing to void the final season (2023) of his four-year, $134 million deal (average salary of $33.5 million)
  • Restructuring his contract to clear cap space at no cost to him, and being open to the possibility of a trade after the ’22 season
  • Reviewing his situation following the 2021 season
  • Instituting “mechanisms” to “address Rodgers’ issues with the team”

By reporting Tuesday, Rodgers also avoided the $50,000 daily fine for missing mandated team events.

The reigning NFL MVP will be 38 in December, but with weapons like Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, he can continue to add to his Hall of Fame resume — and put Green Bay back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2011.

The news that Rodgers would rejoin the team, instead of forcing a trade or retiring, cut the Packers’ title odds in half — from +2,800* to +1,400*, tied for fourth-best.

Even if they come up short, Rodgers has a consolation prize: He’s part-owner of the 2020-21 NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.