A lot has happened since Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned in his shoulder pads for the season, so when he returns April 15 for the off-season conditioning program, the locker room will look a little different. Among those who have cleared out their stuff are receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, tight end Tom Crabtree, running back Ryan Grant, center Jeff Saturday, safety Charles Woodson and linebacker Erik Walden, all but Saturday members of the Super Bowl XLV team. Appearing on Milwaukee radio station 102.9 The Hog on Tuesday afternoon, Rodgers acknowledged there would be changes, but he made it clear that he doesn't expect the offense to slip even without his former starting wide receivers. "I think we're going to be a very formidable offense again and on defense if we can get healthy and get some of the guys back and going, we're going to be tough to beat," Rodgers said in his first comments to local media since leaving town. Another thing that will be tough to beat is the value of Rodgers' next contract, which very well could be settled before he returns to Green Bay. When it's done, Rodgers is expected to have the highest yearly average of any player in the National Football League. Late last week, a source said the deal wasn't imminent but that things could change quickly, and on Monday NFL.com reported the sides were about $2 million a year apart. With a chance to update the public on negotiations, Rodgers sidestepped a question about when he thought the deal would be done. "We'll have to see what happens here," Rodgers said. "I don't have an answer for you."
Aaron Rodgers rolls with Packers' changes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 3