Pros and Cons of Aaron Rodgers returning to Green Bay Packers

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The Green Bay Packers officially have their four-time MVP quarterback committed to being under center next season and possibly beyond.

Aaron Rodgers confirmed he is coming back for an 18th season with the Green Bay Packers.

The “reports” he is referring to in his tweet is NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport saying Rodgers signed a four-year contraction extension to be the highest-paid player in the game.

Either way, the man is back. He is bringing back wide receiver Davante Adams with him. The Green Bay Packers announced they are placing the franchise tag on Adams.

Believe it or not, there are some cons to Rodgers returning to the Green Bay Packers, but the pros far outweigh them.

Pro: The Green Bay Packers are still a Super Bowl Contender

As long as Aaron Rodgers is still wearing the green and gold, the Packers are always going to be a Super Bowl contender. One of his greatest talents is how he can elevate the team’s play. Plus, the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions are all not ready to compete with the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title with Rodgers in Green Bay.

That makes the path of getting into the playoffs easier.

Barring major injuries, you can pencil in the Green Bay Packers for the playoffs and threat to win the Super Bowl.

Con: Aaron Rodgers’ recent playoff record

Rodgers is 11-10 in the playoffs and 7-9 since winning the Super Bowl in the 2010 season. Rex Grossman has the same amount of NFC Championship wins as Rodgers.

To be fair, in the NFC Championship Game against Atlanta, the Packers just ran out of gas and offensive linemen. The Seahawks’ loss came down to the defense thinking the game lasted 55 minutes and Brian Bostick trying to recover an onside kick. The Green Bay Packers’ defense got run over by the San Francisco 49ers in their NFC Championship matchup.

Rodgers does deserve his portion of the blame. As longtime Green Bay Packers beat writer Bob McGinn observed, Rodgers becomes too conservative and cautious in playoff games.

In this year’s playoff loss to the 49ers, Rodgers did not play well, and a lot of it was he refused to throw to anyone except Davante Adams or Aaron Jones.

There is the matter of the 49ers owning Rodgers in the playoffs. He is 0-4 against the 49ers.