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No, the London Packers announcement is not a clue to Aaron Rodgers’ future

For the first time, the Green Bay Packers play in London. On Monday, the NFL announced the team would make its overseas debut at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2022. The Packers are the only NFL team to not play in the NFL International Series, which began in 2007 .

The Packers will likely get a new look this year as the team grapples with salary cap issues and free agent decisions. Their biggest decision of the offseason revolves around quarterback Aaron Rodgers, coming off his second straight MVP. Don’t be fooled by how the Packers announced the call from London. It has nothing to do with Rodgers’ status.

Aaron Rodgers is the first of many tough decisions the Packers must make

Rodgers turns 39 in the 2022 season, but age shouldn’t matter for a guy coming off back-to-back MVP seasons. The quarterback’s future in Green Bay is in serious question after he stayed out of camp a year ago and was at odds with the team. He hasn’t publicly decided whether he wants to return to Green Bay, play elsewhere, or retire.

The Packers are more than $40 million over the salary cap and would like to know their status with their star QB as soon as possible. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Rodgers was their top priority, and Rapoport’s sources told him the Packers were working on a deal if Rodgers decided to return to the team.

Rodgers recently said he had a “positive” meeting with the team. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said he believes the team would field a competitive squad even if they were to make Rodgers the highest-paid player in 2022.

Rodgers isn’t the only decision Gutekunst has to make. All-Pro receiver Davante Adams just completed the final year of his contract, and the team needs to weigh its options with him.

Right now the Packers seem like a mess, but the sooner Rodgers makes his decision, the better for both parties.

“I’m looking forward to making the decision and moving forward. I think it’s better for me, it’s better for the team and it’s better for all parties involved to put this behind us,” Rodgers said, according to CBS Sports. “There are conversations to have and a few other things to contemplate, but it won’t be long. I’m not going to hold anyone hostage in this.

London Packers announcement not a clue to Aaron Rodgers’ future

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers scrambles during the game against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 22, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. | Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images.

When the Packers announced their match in London, many people wondered if the way they presented it had anything to do with Rodgers’ future in Green Bay. The Packers posted a photo of four players and head coach Matt LaFleur mimicking the iconic Beatles photo of Abbey Road.

In the Packers photo, Rodgers is noticeably absent. The photo featured left tackle David Bakhtiari, cornerback Jaire Alexander, running back Aaron Jones and passing thrower Rashan Gary walking behind LaFleur. It was a classic photoshop job, showing the players walking like Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr did on Abbey Road.

The photo elicited an immediate reaction. Many people thought Rodgers’ absence was a sign that he wouldn’t return. Adams was also not included in the photo. As much as people try to dig deep for a storyline, there just isn’t one here.

They’re two big stars who don’t have a home yet in 2022. That’s it. The Packers just haven’t included two guys who aren’t committed to playing for them yet.

Packers react to playing in London next year

The Packers players caused a stir on social media when they learned they would be playing a home game next year in London. One of the weirdest reactions came from security Adrian Amos.

“Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!” he posted on Twitter. It’s a no with 24 ‘O’s and four exclamation points for good measure.

He quickly followed that up with another tweet.

“I wanted to say yes! The 24-hour flight can’t wait! the body will feel good! Let’s go #championshipmindset,” he wrote.

He’s a little off geography, but he seemed to change his mind pretty quickly.

“We’re very excited,” Packers chairman and CEO Mark Murphy told Packers.com. “It’s something I’ve heard from so many of our fans over the years, especially those in Europe and especially in London, ‘When are you coming? When are you coming? We’re really excited to play in London.

It will certainly be a good time for the Packers and their fans, with or without Rodgers.

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