Following an offseason of drama, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is expecting big things from Aaron Rodgers in 2021.
Speaking to reporters prior to Wednesday's practice, Gutekunst explained why he has no doubt Rodgers will be "all-in" this season:
"He's here. I don't think I've ever seen him be here and go out there on that field and not be in all-in. I've always been confident of that. He is a true competitor, he's a true professional. When he steps between those white lines, I've really never seen anything other than that."
Rodgers arrived in Green Bay on Tuesday for the first day of training camp after rumors circulated throughout the offseason that he was unhappy with the organization.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in April that the reigning NFL MVP told some people within the Packers organization he didn't want to return in 2021.
While the Packers ultimately didn't trade Rodgers, they are reportedly making concessions related to his contract that will allow both sides to work together for at least one more season.
Per Schefter, Rodgers and the Packers have an agreement in principle that would void the final year of his current deal (2023) and make it so he can't be franchise-tagged. The team will also "agree to review Rodgers' situation at the end of this season."
The deal has yet to be finalized, but it was enough of a positive step that Rodgers didn't miss one day of training camp.
As things currently stand, Rodgers' contract is set to expire after the 2023 season. He is owed $14.7 million in base salary this year and $25 million in each of the next two seasons, per Spotrac.
Rodgers was named NFL MVP for the third time in his career last season. The 37-year-old threw for 4,299 yards and a career-high 48 touchdowns while completing 70.7 percent of his passes to help the Packers win the NFC North with a 13-3 record.