It’s been a wild year for Green and Gold Nation, chock full of rumors, gossip, and cryptic comments surrounding Aaron Rodgers. But as of Tuesday morning, Brian Gutekunst laid all the uncertainty and drama regarding his star quarterback’s future to rest.
On March 8th, Rodgers confirmed via Twitter that he would return to Green Bay for the upcoming 2022 season. One week later, on March 15th, all the terms of his new contract were officially made public.
After a week of going back and forth with the #Packers, Aaron Rodgers’ complicated contract pays him $50M per year over 3 years — $150M. Plus there are two low-money option years that will be replaced. https://t.co/VlnbubjhxY
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2022
Gutekunst Speaks Out
Brian Gutekunst, who has been Green Bay’s General Manager (GM) since January 2018, announced the consensus between Rodgers and the Packers on Tuesday.
“We are very pleased to be able to come to an agreement with Aaron that keeps him in Green Bay,” said Gutekunst. “His play on the field and leadership in our locker room remain vital in our pursuit of another Super Bowl title. The agreement also allows us to maintain and enhance what we feel is already a very competitive roster.”
For many months, there was rampant speculation on the allegedly poor relationship between Rodgers and Gutekunst. That dissatisfaction between the two seems to have improved greatly throughout the past 11 months.
Murphy’s First Comments
Gutekunst isn’t the only member of the Packers’ front office who has responded to the big Rodgers news. Last Friday, the team’s President & CEO spoke out for the first time at the WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament.
Mark Murphy said the deal is “something we’ve been working on since the start of the offseason.” He went on to add that the Packers are “really pleased to have Aaron back, obviously. I think he’s one of only four players in NFL history to win back-to-back MVPs. He’s still playing at a very high level, and is the unquestioned leader of our team, so really excited to get him back and start planning for the future.”
You can check out Murphy’s full interview about Rodgers’s return to Green Bay here.
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