After a drama-filled offseason in which the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers never seemed to be on the same page, it looks like the NFL franchise is finally giving the star quarterback what he wants.
The team announced Wednesday a trade that brings wide receiver and former Packer Randall Cobb back to Green Bay. Multiple sources have reported the Cobb acquisition was at Rodgers' behest.
As the #Packers work to finalize QB Aaron Rodgers’ reworked contract, the trade of old friend & current #Texans WR Randall Cobb is also waiting to be finalized (with the cap in mind). All indications are both should happen, and that the Cobb trade was a specific Rodgers request.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2021
Cobb's previous eight-year stint with Green Bay was a successful one. He recorded 470 receptions for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns, much of which can be contributed to his connection with Rodgers. He also made his lone Pro Bowl as a Packer in 2014.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst gave Rodgers the credit for putting the trade in motion.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst on Aaron Rodgers' role in the Randall Cobb trade: "I think that's a big part of it. Without Aaron, we probably wouldn't be pursuing it. Randall's still a good player. ... This is what Aaron wanted, that's why we did it."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 29, 2021
This appears to be just the latest move made by the Packers in an effort to make Rodgers happy. Although, the reigning MVP isn't shedding much light on how his tumultuous relationship with Gutekunst is evolving.
How would Aaron Rodgers characterize his relationship with GM Brian Gutekunst? “I would say it’s professional at this point."— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) July 28, 2021