In recent months, there has been a lot of uncertainty about whether Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers would remain in green and gold. This week news has come out that Rodgers will remain on the Packers roster for one final season.
The Packers, the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, established 101 years ago in 1919, picked Rodgers in the first round of the NFL draft after impressing in college football for the California Golden Bears. Going on to play 197 games, Rodgers won Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers, earning him the Super Bowl MVP. Throughout his career, he has also picked up three NFL MVP awards in 2011, 2012, and 2020 cementing him as one of the all-time greats.
The 37-year-old is now entering his seventeenth season in green and gold. However, many were unsure if last season would have been his last after a disagreement with the organization.
Rodgers’s Dispute With The Packers
With rumors surfacing that Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay, the Packers stuck their feet in the ground, saying he has three years remaining on his contract.
Rodgers’s decision to leave doesn’t seem to do with his contract after he reportedly turned down the Packers contract extension offer which would have made him the highest-paid player in football.
Rodgers said his decision to leave is because he is unhappy with the organization, particularly at the front office. With him being blindsided in the move that saw Quarterback Jordan Love being drafted last year.
The dispute on his contract has since been resolved, keeping Rodgers on the field for 2021. With the final year on his contract being voided, and will review his situation at the end of this season on whether he will leave then or not. Rodgers’ contract will also be adjusted with no loss of income, giving the Packers more cap room meaning wide receiver Davante Adams may have a contract extension lined up.
How Has This Affected The Packers Odds?
Since Rodgers confirmed he would be on the 2021 roster, there was no doubt that there would be a shift in odds for the Packers, with last year’s MVP clearly going to boost their chances of winning.
BetMGM has outlined the shift in odds for the Packers, with Super Bowl odds springing in their favor from +1600 to +1200. We are placing them with the third-best odds in the NFL joint with Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, and San Francisco 49ers. With last year’s Super Bowl competitors, Tampa Bay Buccaneers +700 and Kansas City Chiefs +450 are the only teams ahead of them.
The two-time NFC North defending champions continue as favorites again, with Rodgers boosting these odds to -165 from -120. With Minnesota Vikings +260, Chicago Bears +500, and massive underdogs Detroit Lions at +2500.
NFC defending division champions, the Bucks, are favorites to win again at +310, whilst Packers are tied in second with the Rams and the 49ers. This was after their odds shifted from +800 to +550 after Rodgers’ announcement.
With Rodgers guaranteed to stay in the NFL another year regardless of what team he was at, his odds to win MVP have remained at +800 on BetMGM. Fellow Quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains the favorite, however, with odds at +500.
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