How do the Green Bay Packers know that Aaron Rodgers is all-in for the 2021 NFL season, especially after the offseason drama created by his unhappiness with the organization?
"He's here," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Wednesday, shortly before the team's first practice of training camp. "I don't think I've ever seen him be here and go out there on that field and not be in all-in. I've always been confident of that. He is a true competitor, he's a true professional. When he steps between those white lines, I've really never seen anything other than that."
Rodgers showed up at Lambeau Field on Tuesday in time for the veteran players' reporting deadline and was expected to take part in the opening practice. He skipped the entire offseason program -- something he's never done before, and gave up a $500,000 workout bonus in the process -- and also missed the mandatory minicamp in June.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday the concessions the Packers made to Rodgers, which ultimately lured him back for a 17th season. Among them were a void of the final year (2023) of his deal and an agreement to review Rodgers' situation at the end of the 2021 season.