Packers 2021 offseason tracker: Draft picks, key dates, free brokers, newest information, rumors and extra


With free company and the NFL Draft behind them, It is full steam forward in direction of OTAs, coaching camp, and the 2021 common season for the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Whereas this era on the NFL calendar normally is likely one of the calmer durations, Inexperienced Bay finds itself on the heart of one of many extra contentious conditions within the league. The connection between the group and franchise icon Aaron Rodgers has deteriorated fairly rapidly and the quarterback has fairly probably performed his final down as a Packer.

After all, this shall be a state of affairs surrounding the NFL MVP is value monitoring till some kind of answer is reached. To get each single nugget of data on it — together with different notes relating to Inexperienced Bay’s offseason — you should definitely  take a look at our whole offseason hub beneath. There, you will discover every bit of data you will want to remain caught up with the membership’s comings and goings together with the most recent rumors, draft recap, and a complete lot extra. 

Key upcoming dates

  • Could 26-June 18: OTAs
  • June 23-25: Obligatory minicamp
  • July 18: Packers Corridor of Fame Induction Banquet
  • Late July: Coaching camp (precise date TBD)

*All dates and instances are tentative and topic to vary. 

2021 regular-season schedule

WEEK OPPONENT DATE TIME (ET) NETWORK

1

at Saints

Sept. 12

4:25 p.m.

FOX

2

vs. Lions (MNF)

Sept. 20

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

3

at 49ers (SNF)

Sept. 26

8:20 p.m.

NBC

4

vs. Steelers

Oct. 3

4:25 p.m.

CBS

5

at Bengals

Oct. 10

1 p.m.

FOX

6

at Bears

Oct. 17

1 p.m.

FOX

7

vs. Washington

Oct. 24

1 p.m.

FOX

8

at Cardinals (TNF)

Oct. 28

8:20 p.m.

FOX/NFLN/Amazon

9

at Chiefs

Nov. 7

4:25 p.m.

FOX

10

vs. Seahawks

Nov. 14

4:25 p.m.

CBS

11

at Vikings

Nov. 21

1 p.m.

FOX

12

vs. Rams

Nov. 28

4:25 p.m.

FOX

13

BYE WEEK

14

vs. Bears (SNF)

Dec. 12

8:20 p.m.

NBC

15

at Ravens

Dec. 19

1 p.m.

FOX

16

vs. Browns

Dec. 25

4:30 p.m.

FOX/NFLN/Amazon

17

vs. Vikings (SNF)

Jan. 2

8:20 p.m.

NBC

18 at Lions Jan. 9 1 p.m. FOX

2021 NFL Draft recap

  • First spherical (twenty ninth total) – CB Eric Stokes, Georgia
  • Second spherical (62nd total) – OL Josh Meyers, Ohio State 
  • Third spherical (eighty fifth total) – WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson
  • Fourth spherical (142nd total) – OG Royce Newman, Ole Miss
  • Fifth spherical (173rd total) – DT Tedarrell Slaton, Florida
  • Fifth spherical (178th total) – CB Shemar Jean-Charles, Appalachian State 
  • Sixth spherical (214th total) – G Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
  • Sixth spherical (220th total) – ILB Isaiah McDuffie, Boston School
  • Seventh spherical (256th total) – RB Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

In-house free brokers

Unrestricted free brokers: 

Free agent scorecard

Free brokers the Packers retained

Free brokers the Packers signed from one other group:

Free brokers the Packers misplaced to a different group:  

Gamers the Packers signed who had been lower by one other group:

*It is necessary to distinguish between the gamers signed as unrestricted free brokers and people signed after being lower by one other group. That is true as a result of gamers who’re signed after being launched by one other group don’t depend within the compensatory draft-pick components for the group that indicators them.

Rumors, reviews, updates

June 8: In keeping with Tom Pelissero of the NFL Community, Aaron Rodgers was not current at first of Inexperienced Bay’s assembly to kick off minicamp. Whereas it was broadly reported that Rodgers wouldn’t be current for these exercise amid his need to depart the group through commerce, this now formally makes him a holdout. 

Could 27: In keeping with ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Packers tight finish Robert Tonyan has signed his restricted free agent tender. This is not a lot of a shock as Tonyan has been current for Inexperienced Bay’s OTA periods. Beneath this second-round tender, he’ll earn $3.384 million for the 2021 season. 

Could 25: In keeping with these readily available for the Packers OTA periods, Aaron Rodgers is not the one individual skipping out of those exercises. Together with Rodgers, the majority of the Inexperienced Bay receiver unit was lacking in motion — Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess and Equanimeous St. Brown. 

Could 24: Aaron Rodgers lastly broke his silence on all of the drama that has unfolded this offseason between himself and the Packers. Throughout an interview with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, Rodgers was requested immediately if he was demanding a commerce. 

“It is by no means been in regards to the draft decide, choosing Jordan [Love],” Rodgers stated, through Professional Soccer Discuss. “I really like Jordan. He is an amazing child. Lot of enjoyable to work collectively. I really like the teaching employees, love my teammates. Love the fan base in Inexperienced Bay. Unimaginable 16 years. It is simply form of a couple of philosophy, you already know? And perhaps forgetting that it’s in regards to the folks that make the factor go.

“It is about character. It is about tradition. It is about doing issues the proper manner. A number of this was put in movement final 12 months. The wrench was simply form of thrown into it after I received the MVP and performed the best way I performed final 12 months. So that is simply form of I feel the spill out of all that. However look, man, it’s in regards to the folks, and that is an important factor. Inexperienced Bay has all the time been in regards to the folks, from Curly Lambeau being proprietor and founder to the ’60s with Lombardi and Bart Starr and all these unbelievable names to the ’90s groups with Coach Holmgren and Favre-y and the Minister of Protection to the run that we have been on. It is in regards to the folks.”

Could 2: In keeping with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Aaron Rodgers is within the Las Vegas Raiders within the occasion that he’s traded by the Packers. 

“[Aaron Rodgers] is reportedly intrigued by the Raiders as properly, so that they should be on this record,” Fowler stated on SportsCenter. “They’re pleased with Derek Carr; nothing’s happening proper now, they usually very properly might lengthen Derek Carr someday quickly. However the Raiders look into each single quarterback state of affairs. … They checked out previous free brokers or commerce choices. So, Jon Gruden is kind of all the time lurking. You’ll be able to’t low cost them.” 

Could 1: In keeping with Yahoo! Sports activities’ Charles Robinson, Rodgers’ concern with the Packers is GM Brian Gutekunst and is ready to carry out of coaching camp this summer time. Robinson reviews that Rodgers is holding agency “that he will not return to the group below the present stewardship of … Gutekunst, a supply in Rodgers’ camp stated, and that he is prepared to weigh hardline choices at his disposal — from refusing to point out up for offseason actions to holding out of coaching camp and probably retirement.”

Could 1: Whereas attending the Kentucky Derby, NBC’s Mike Tirico famous that he bumped into Rodgers. The Packers quarterback didn’t wish to discuss his state of affairs on digicam on the time, however Tirico did relay their fast interplay

“I ran into one of many VIPs right here who simply occurs to be the largest information title in sports activities proper now. That is Aaron Rodgers. He did not wish to speak on digicam,” Tirico stated. “I can let you know, I can characterize Aaron as disillusioned that information has come out on this rift with the Packers. He expressed a few instances how a lot he loves Inexperienced Bay, loves the followers, loves the franchise.”

Could 1: Packers president Mark Murphy has now acknowledged there is a matter between Aaron Rodgers and the group. Whereas addressing followers on the group’s official web site, Murphy famous that they “are very a lot conscious of Aaron’s issues.”

“The primary day of the NFL Draft is usually a really busy day for all NFL groups, with loads of newsworthy occasions,” Murphy wrote. “For the Packers, although, Thursday was undoubtedly a day full of extra intrigue than normal. The day began with the report that Aaron Rodgers is upset with the Packers and does not wish to return to the group. When a report like that includes the reigning MVP, it’s clearly an enormous story, and it dominated the sports activities information for a lot of the day. This is a matter that now we have been engaged on for a number of months.

“(Basic supervisor) Brian Gutekunst, (coach) Matt LaFleur and I’ve flown out on numerous events to fulfill with Aaron,” Murphy continued. “We’re very a lot conscious of Aaron’s issues and have been working with him (and his agent Dave Dunn) to resolve them. We stay dedicated to Aaron in 2021 and past. He isn’t solely a tremendously gifted participant, however has developed into a real chief for us. The connection that Aaron has solid with Matt and the opposite offensive coaches has propelled us to the brink of the Tremendous Bowl in two straight years. We stay up for competing for one more Tremendous Bowl championship with Aaron as our chief.”

April 30: As his relationship with the Packers continues to go nuclear, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community reviews that Aaron Rodgers might choose to retire from the NFL altogether. Beneath that circumstance, Rodgers might elect to host “Jeopardy” in his post-NFL profession. 

April 29: Within the aftermath of the information getting out that Aaron Rodgers advised the Inexperienced Bay Packers that he doesn’t wish to return to the group, we’re beginning to get a clearer image of the place he might find yourself. In keeping with Mike Florio of Professional Soccer Discuss, Rodgers’ want record consists of the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders. No formal commerce gives have reportedly been made to attempt to purchase him, nonetheless, regardless of golf equipment inquiring. 

April 29: Aaron Rodgers has pressed the nuclear button on his time with the Packers. In keeping with a number of reviews, the reigning MVP has advised Inexperienced Bay that he doesn’t wish to return. Rodgers is alleged to be sad together with his state of affairs throughout the group and the contract negotiations which have gone on this offseason. A lot in order that this will likely spell the top to his time with the membership, which might mark the primary time within the historical past of the NFL {that a} reigning MVP could be traded immediately after the season through which he received the award. 

April 26: Throughout his pre-draft press convention with reporters on Monday, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst was requested in regards to the future below heart for Inexperienced Bay, particularly because it pertains to Aaron Rodgers as rumors proceed to swirl a couple of looming divorce.  

“Aaron’s our man,” stated Gutekunst. “He will be our quarterback for the foreseeable future.”

Gutekunst added that the membership continues to be “working by way of” issues with Rodgers because it pertains to his contract.

April 5: Aaron Rodgers continues to maintain his future in Inexperienced Bay up within the air. The reigning league MVP appeared on the Pat McAfee Present on Monday and reiterated that his future with the group is “fairly unsure.” 

“My future, actually, numerous it is out of my management,” he advised McAfee. “That is why I exploit a phrase like ‘stunning thriller.’ As a result of it’s fairly unsure which instructions that issues are going to go. All I can do is play my greatest, and I really feel like final 12 months I did try this, and should have thrown a wrench into some timelines which have been thought of or desired.”

After all, Inexperienced Bay drafting quarterback Jordan Love within the first spherical of the 2020 draft, and his eventual ascension is one thing that looms over the Packers and Rodgers. 

March 23: In keeping with Tom Pelissero of the NFL Community, the Packers have re-signed nook Kevin King to a one-year, $6 million deal. The 25-year-old performed in 11 common season video games for Inexperienced Bay in 2020 and defended 5 passes whereas opposing quarterbacks totaled a mixed 96.2 passer score when focusing on King. 

March 22: As Michael Silver of the NFL Community reviews, the Packers are working to restructure Aaron Rodgers’ contract to liberate some further cap house this offseason. The reigning MVP accounts for roughly $37.5 million towards Inexperienced Bay’s wage cap for the 2021 season. In the meantime, the Packers solely have round $3.8 million in house. Silver does add that it is going to be fascinating to see how a possible revamped contract is structured because it might tip the franchise’s hand at how lengthy they view the Rodgers window. 

March 17: In keeping with Area Yates of ESPN, the Packers have restructured edge rusher Za’Darius Smith’s contract that creates $7.38 million house for the franchise. 

March 17: Working again Jamaal Williams is not returning to the Packers however is remaining within the NFC North, signing a two-year cope with the Detroit Lions. In keeping with Tom Pelissero of the NFL Community, the deal is value $7.5 million and Williams will now be part of a backfield with rising second-year runner D’Andre Swift. 

March 16: The Packers have positioned a second-round tender on restricted free agent tight finish Robert Tonyan. This units the group up fairly properly as they’re going to both get Tonyan on a one-year deal that’ll pay him simply $3.384 million or the membership will get a second-round decide if he indicators a proposal sheet with one other group and the Packers elect to not match it. Inexperienced Bay additionally tendered defensive again Chandon Sullivan with the proper of first refusal stage. That’ll merely give the Packers the power to match any provide that Sullivan might signal. If he performs on the tender, it will pay him a $2.133 million wage. 

March 16: The Packers prolonged tenders on all 4 of their unique rights free brokers. Meaning receivers Allen Lazard and Malik Taylor, offensive sort out Yosh Nijman and outdoors linebacker Randy Ramsey will all return in 2021 on one-year tenders. After all, Lazard is the heavy-hitter on this group after turning into a key piece in Inexperienced Bay’s passing assault. 

March 15: Star heart Corey Linsley’s tenure in Inexperienced Bay has formally come to a detailed on Monday as he has inked a five-year cope with the Los Angeles Chargers. With a $62.5 million deal, Linsley turns into the NFL’s highest-paid participant at his place and can now block for Justin Herbert. 

March 15: Free agent working again Jamaal Williams introduced on his social media channels that he is not going to be re-signing with the Packers. This destiny was assumed as soon as Aaron Jones re-signed with Inexperienced Bay previous to the beginning of the authorized tampering interval and now Williams will search for a brand new residence. 

March 14: In keeping with Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Packers have come to phrases with Aaron Jones on a four-year, $48 million contract that features a $13 million signing bonus. 

“Aaron would have signed for extra in free company however wished to remain in Inexperienced Bay,” Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stated of his shopper. The Packers declined to franchise tag Jones however had been capable of signal him to a brand new deal earlier than the beginning of free company. 

March 9: The Packers elected to not use the franchise tag on star working again Aaron Jones. This implies the 2020 Professional Bowl again will be capable to enter unrestricted free company and be free to signal with whichever group can have him. A type of groups may very well be the Dolphin as Michael Giardi of the NFL Community says he anticipated Miami to be closely concerned in Jones as soon as the brand new league 12 months begins. 

March 9: In keeping with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Community, large receiver Devin Funchess took roughly a $750K pay lower to stay with the Packers after opting out final season. 

March 2: GM Brian Gutekunst has basically admitted that it is going to be extraordinarily tough for the Packers to retain All-Professional heart Corey Linsley, who is ready to hit unrestricted free company this offseason. 

“There’s numerous items to this puzzle we’re making an attempt to place collectively,” Gutekunst stated. “Discovering a option to convey him again could be supreme, however on the stage of compensation he is at, he is earned that.”

March 2: With the franchise-tag deadline looming, the clock is ticking for the Packers on whether or not or not they’re going to be inserting it on working again Aaron Jones. Whereas chatting with reporters through videoconference, Gutekunst stated that the group “actually might” tag Jones and it is “one thing we’re working by way of.”

“I do suppose there’s normally higher methods to go about it, but when that turns into what’s in the very best curiosity of the Packers, I feel we’ll try this,” he stated. 

The franchise-tag deadline is March 9. 





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