Aaron Rodgers is “absolutely” the quarterback of the present and future for the Green Bay Packers.
Head coach Matt LaFleur said in a video press conference on Monday that the NFL’s league MVP is unquestionably returning to the team.
That expectation came into question following the NFC Championship game loss, when Rodgers, having been outduelled by Buccaneers great Tom Brady, said his future was unclear.
“Is that a trick question? Absolutely,” LaFleur said on Monday when asked if Rodgers would be back.
“There’s no doubt about it. You’re talking about the guy who’s going to win the MVP of the league. We’re not in this position without him.”
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst shared the expectation that Rodgers and the famous franchise would be together “for years to come.”
“He’s our quarterback. He’s our leader,” Gutekunst said.
“What we’re trying to do as an organisation, and what we’re trying to accomplish, we can’t do without Aaron Rodgers right now.”
Rodgers is the favourite for MVP honours for the third time after passing for 4,299 yards and a franchise-record 48 touchdowns.
He has two years remaining on a $US134 million ($A175 million) contract extension.
But questions began circling from Rodgers himself and onlookers after the Packers traded up to select quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.