Could Packers failed Odell Beckham pursuit actually help keep Aaron Rodgers?

Aaron Rodgers said he was heavily involved in the Packers’ pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. Could that help the chances of a future in Green Bay?

It’s certainly been a tumultuous 2021 season for Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers, even if the Cheeseheads are thankful that their quarterback returned to the team for the year amid rampant offseason speculation regarding a trade.

Between his positive COVID test, his resulting comments, and even the looming possibility that he could still leave after this season, the Packers‘ success after an 8-2 start has still led to some unrest in Green Bay.

To the credit of the organization, though, they have seemingly tried to remedy some of Rodgers’ complaints that led to the narrative that he was on his way out in Green Bay. Not only were they invested in trying to sign wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. upon his release from Cleveland, but they involved the quarterback in the process, as he noted on Tuesday appearing on the Pat McAfee Show:

With things seemingly changing in the ways that Rodgers previously had gripes about, is it possible that his future could still lie in Green Bay?

Will Aaron Rodgers stay with Packers beyond 2021?

It’s strange to think that pursuing Beckham and seeing the wideout ultimately sign with the Rams could actually help the Packers keep Aaron Rodgers but, at the same time, that’s not far-fetched.

One thing that’s been obvious throughout the 2021 season is that Rodgers still cares a great deal about his teammates and the fans in Green Bay. It’s led to a perception that, if the relationship with the front office were salvageable, then perhaps he would be interested in staying rather than forcing a trade elsewhere.

So it can’t be understated the importance of the front office involving the reigning NFL MVP in the talks with Beckham, both having the quarterback talk to OBJ and keeping him looped in with how things had progressed.

Alone, that’s probably not enough to entice Rodgers to remain with the Packers beyond this year. At the same time, it could be a drop in a much larger bucket that needs to be filled for Green Bay to retain its long-time quarterback.

The end result of this relationship is still very much up in the air but, at minimum, how Rodgers says things played out with the Odell Beckham situation have to be taken as a positive sign.

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