If Aaron Rodgers decides to return to the Green Bay Packers, here are some free agents they should aggressively pursue to go for a title.
The Green Bay Packers and general manager Brian Gutekunst are busy at work already in the 2022 NFL offseason, restructuring contracts to get the Packers out of a deep salary cap hole.
Players like running back Aaron Jones and offensive tackle David Bakhtiari have moved some of their money around to free up cap space for the Packers, and they won’t be the last as Green Bay still has to find ways to free up $30 million of space just to get to even.
One way the Green Bay Packers could free up a lot of cap space? Extending Aaron Rodgers.
Of course, everyone is waiting with bated breath to find out if Rodgers is going to actually come back to the Packers, and indications right now seem to be that he will. Although it may not make sense, if Rodgers decides to come back to the Packers and sign an extension, that’s actually going to free up the Packers to make some additional moves to supplement the roster.
Davante Adams will be high on the priority list, of course, but what other free agents could the Packers pursue if Rodgers returns? Let’s take a look at three intriguing names.
Green Bay Packers target no. 1: Rob Gronkowski, TE
Rob Gronkowski has already retired once, and he may do it again. He also may really enjoy the idea of being a free agent and having the opportunity to go wherever he wants.
He’s spent the entirety of his decade-plus in the NFL playing with Tom Brady, which has obviously proven to be a very mutually beneficial relationship.
Gronkowski is 32 going on 33, and there is obviously a lot of injury history here, but this guy is tough as nails, dependable, and is one of the most dynamic players at the tight end position in the NFL still.
After spending 11 years with Tom Brady, how about another couple of years catching passes from Aaron Rodgers?
Gronkowski could come in and replace free agent Robert Tonyan for the Packers and give Green Bay a playmaker at tight end who can also block as well as any tight end you’ll see in today’s NFL.