At least publicly, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers continue to express optimism that the two sides will reach an agreement that will keep the quarterback with the franchise for the rest of his career. However, until that deal surfaces, the local and national media will continue to ask why Rodgers and the Packers haven’t signed an extension yet.
On Thursday, Rodgers fielded more questions about his contract status, and he continued to toe the party line.
“I think [the Packers] talked about it enough that there’s an expectation something would have been done,” Rodgers said Thursday to the assembled media. “Obviously judging by the questions here there’s kind of an expectation before we started. But I’m just trusting [agent] Dave [Dunn].”
While other NFL superstars have withheld their services in order to spur negotiations -- Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and, until just a few days ago, Julio Jones -- Rodgers has participated in all the usual parts of the Packers’ offseason for a veteran player. At least for 2018, it doesn’t appear that Rodgers will take a similar approach.
Kevin King spent most of his rookie season dealing with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery, but he reported to training camp healthy and ready to compete for a starting role in new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s defense. Thus far, King has picked off Rodgers and earned the praise of No. 1 wideout Davante Adams, who said of the second-year corner: “I think he has the potential to be one of the best DBs in this league.”
By punter standards, the Packers made a large investment in rookie JK Scott. Not only did they select the Alabama product in the fifth round of this past April’s draft, but they also cut Justin Vogel, the second-year punter who set a franchise record for net average. If Scott can improve on Vogel’s strong performance -- and perhaps take over kickoff duty -- Green Bay can better justify the cost to acquire him.
Lane Taylor says the Packers just want to take a cautious approach with his ankle given the amount of time before Week 1. Still, anytime a starting offensive lineman misses time, the team has reason for at least some concern. Lucas Patrick took the first-team reps in Taylor’s place, a signal that perhaps he could also get a look for the job at right guard where Justin McCray has the early lead.