Report: Rodgers deal allows Packers to mark Davante Adams originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Shockwaves were sent through NFL circles on Tuesday with several reports of a new deal that will keep Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for the foreseeable future. The immediate impacts are clear: The Packers will remain favorites to win the NFC North, and the Bears will have a tougher task ahead of them to make improvements in the division.
According to Ian Rapoport, however, the way Rodgers’ deal is structured could have even more implications for the Packers and Bears.
This was widely expected, as Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst previously said he was very confident the team would find a way to retain its two superstar players. Now, with Rodgers’ contract taken care of, the Packers have the path to get there.
Despite the long odds, many Bears fans hoped that Ryan Poles would have the opportunity to sign Adams in free agency. Darnell Mooney is the only wide receiver who has played significant snaps in 2021 returning next year, so the Bears have a lot of work to do to fill the pool of positions. Had Adams hit the market, he would have immediately become one of the best players to become a free agent in recent memory. But now, with Adams and Chris Godwin expected to be retained by their respective teams, the potential free agent market has thinned considerably towards the top.
Of course, this also ensures Rodgers will have his favorite target for one more season as well. Last year, Jaylon Johnson did a commendable job defending Davante Adams. But the Packers figured out ways to open up Adams, and the Bears didn’t have an answer. This year they will have to bolster their defenses under Matt Eberflus and try to find a new way to close the Rodgers-Adams connection.
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