After the Green Bay Packers fell to the San Francisco 49ers 13-10 on Saturday night, there were many who believed the time for a rebuild had come. Many fans on Twitter and other social media platforms placed the blame for the loss squarely on the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers. One of those was former Wisconsin Badger basketball player Ben Brust:
Obviously, no one knows what Aaron Rodgers is going to decide to do. If anyone does know, they are not telling (regardless of what Boomer Esiason may think). However, when addressing the media on Monday, Coach Matt LaFleur stated that there is no plan for rebuild. They know what they have to do to keep their key players while still getting under the salary cap.
LaFleur: We All Want Aaron Rodgers Back
After the drama that surrounded Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers last offseason, the question was whether or not either party wanted to continue the relationship beyond this season. Matt LaFleur made it clear that he and everyone in the front office is on the same page: they want Aaron Rodgers back in 2022.
Of course, the Packers leadership can want Aaron Rodgers back all they want. It is also up to Aaron Rodgers whether or not he wants to return. LaFleur told the media that he had met with Rodgers, and was hopeful the future Hall of Fame quarterback will be back in 2022 and beyond.
LaFleur Hopeful the Packers Will Re-Sign Davante Adams
Of course, the most noteworthy free agent the Packers stand to lose is All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. When asked about if the Packers would be able to re-sign Adams, given the nature of his contract demands, Lafleur said:
This may be the toughest balancing act of all when it comes to getting under the salary cap in 2022. Davante Adams wants to be the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. Given the current state of the Packers’ cap, that might not be possible. It will be up to Davante Adams whether or not he will take less, at least for now, to stay with the Packers while giving them the flexibility to field a competitive team.
Just like in his postgame interview on Saturday night, Matt LaFleur shouldered all of the blame for the Packers’ loss.
Obviously, the pain of the loss is still fresh and raw. However, Matt LaFleur seems optimistic that the Packers will be back next season without having to rebuild. Given how heartbreaking the loss to San Francisco was, that is something all Packers’ fans needed to hear.
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