NFL MVP Rodgers will be back for Packers

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be back at the Green Bay Packers for the next NFL season.
Camera IconQuarterback Aaron Rodgers will be back at the Green Bay Packers for the next NFL season. Credit: AP

Aaron Rodgers is planning to play for the Green Bay Packers for an 18th NFL season, a move that keeps him off the trade market and answers the question that had dominated off-season discussions.

Rodgers took to Twitter to announced the news and to clarify that nothing is signed yet -- amid news of a blockbuster trade involving fellow quarterback Russell Wilson

"Hey everyone, just wanted to clear some things up; YES I will be playing with the @packers next year, however, reports about me signing a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract I "signed". I'm very excited to be back," Rodgers tweeted.

Reports earlier on Tuesday claimed Rodgers agreed to a four-year, $200 million contract with the Packers to become the highest-paid player in NFL history.

NFL Network reported Rodgers would receive a record $153 million guaranteed on a new deal that reduces his cap figure from his scheduled $46 million hit on the Packers' 2022 ledger.

However, FanDuel's Pat McAfee, a noted friend of Rodgers, said the financial terms of the deal weren't accurate but confirmed through "sources" that Rodgers -- also a frequent guest on McAfee's podcast -- agreed in principle to return to Green Bay on a "cap friendly" deal.

The clock is still ticking for wide receiver Davante Adams, who is expected to be designated the team's franchise player for 2022 while the Packers sort out a messy salary cap situation.

Rodgers, 38, was named MVP in February, claiming the honour for the second consecutive season and for the fourth time.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Wilson to the Denver Broncos for a haul of draft picks and players, two people familiar with the negotiations confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Any deal can't become official until the start of the new league year on March 16.

Denver were considered the front-runners to snare Rodgers before he elected to remain at the Packers, with the Broncos instead landing another Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

The NFL Network reported the Seahawks agreed to send 33-year-old Wilson and a fourth-round pick to Denver in exchange for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-rounder, along with quarterback Drew Lock, defensive end Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant.

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