Aaron Rodgers confirms return to Green Bay, but what about Davante Adams?
One day after news broke that Rodgers was offered a mega deal by the Packers, it seems the MVP quarterback has accepted the terms of the agreement.
The news was reported on Tuesday by NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, who tweeted that Rodgers and the Packers "have agreed to terms on a four-year, $200 [million] deal that makes him the highest paid player in NFL history."
Despite these claims, Pat McAfee, who frequently features Rodgers as a guest on The Pat McAfee Show, tweeted that while Rodgers said he "will officially be returning to the Green Bay Packers," in 2022, the terms of the deal he agreed to are still unknown.
According to McAfee, who cited Rodgers as one of his sources, an official contract has yet to be signed by the quarterback himself.
"There is no deal in place currently, but there is said to be a cap friendly deal on the way for [Rodgers]," McAfee wrote.
One thing to note is it's not unusual for Rapoport to break major sports news with granular details that are not yet publicly known, such as the dollar amount of a deal or the terms of agreement from the business side of things.
Still, Rodgers appears to be siding with McAfee's version of events, as he took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to confirm his return and to clear the air of falsities.
"YES I will be playing with the @packers next year," Rodgers wrote, adding, "However, reports about me signing a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract 'I signed'."
Packers still expected to place franchise tag on Davante Adams
Though McAfee took issue with his lack of explicit sourcing in terms of where he got the $200 million figure, Rapoport took to the airwaves adding, "My understanding is that Rodgers has agreed to the terms on a massive new extension for four years, $200 million in new money. So, a long-term extension rather than a short-term deal."
Rapoport continued, "The deal is front-loaded, so Rodgers gets a lot of [the money] early," which in turn lowers his cap number, allowing the Green Bay Packers "to do a lot of the things they want to do," like locking in its star wide receiver – Davante Adams.
Without a deal to present Adams with, the Packers are still expected to place a franchise tag on arguably one of the best wideouts in the NFL on Tuesday.
The tag will disallow the 29-year-old from leaving the Packers for greener pastures, and also bans him from conversing with other teams once legal tampering begins ahead of free agency.
There's no doubt that Adams has become one of Rodgers' favorite targets since joining the Packers in 2014, securing 622 catches thrown by the QB himself, 67 of which were touchdowns.
Should the Packers place the franchise tag on Adams, the team will have until July 15 to secure a long-term deal with the wide receiver.
If this fails to happen, Adams will be forced to play out the upcoming season under the fully guaranteed franchise tag with a payout of roughly $18 million while being listed as an unrestricted free agent, according to CBS Sports.
With much still to be decided, it'll be interesting to see the details of the deal Rodgers allegedly agreed to, and what it means for Adams' future with the Packers.
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