What Aaron Rodgers Postgame Presser Means
Aaron Rodgers is a vocal leader on this Green Bay Packers team. He’s always someone you heard from due to his position, but this year, he’s become a voice of Packers if you will. Rodgers made a few pointed comments after the game. There’s no reason to overreact to them, rather, look at what is a proirity for the 33-year old quarterback. General Manager Ted Thompson should not let his quarterback make the decisions, but he should pay attention to what the best player in the world would like to see from his team in the future.
Aaron Rodgers' plea for offseason: "We’ve just got to make sure we’re going all-in every year to win. And I think we can take a big step."
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) January 23, 2017
In my humble opinion, this is Rodgers saying ‘Enough with the fucking young players, let’s get a couple free agents.” He’s not wrong. At some point, you need to push your chips all in. You can get character free agents. New York Giants rebuilt their defense with talent from other teams. Green Bay can do the same. They need a veteran cornerback to stabilize the defensive backfield. Captain Munnerlyn, A.J. Bouye, Stephen Gilmore are all available, but Munnerlyn would be a guy who would probably come for the cheap.
“Jared Cook, I think, needs to be near the top of the priority list, the way he played this year.” Rodgers stumping for Cook post-game.
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) January 23, 2017
It’s obvious to everyone that Jared Cook should be back on this football team. He’s not going to come as cheap as he did last season. According to Spotrac, Cook would be look at a 2-3 year deal worth 15 million dollars. To me, that’s a reasonable price to keep Cook. What happens if an opposing team asks for four years? Well, I’m not sure. He’s only 29. But four years feels like out of Thompson’s range. Packers tight end should be the number one priority.
What if these messages aren’t for Thompson, rather, the new General Manager who is coming to town. People are saying John Dorsey is a favorite, and there are some signs of Thompson stepping down. It would make logical sense for Rodgers to be more outspoken so the next guy whether it’s Dorsey, Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutekunst understands this is the direction Rodgers believes the Packers should take things next season. We’ll see if that holds true.