Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) leaves the field after a 13-10 loss against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL divisional round football playoff game Saturday January 22, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Packvs49ers 0122221161djp

The decision is in. After months of rumors and reports, Aaron Rodgers has decided to return to the Green Bay Packers.

Pat McAfee, who has Rodgers on his show every Tuesday, was the first to announce that the two-time defending NFL MVP would choose to come back to Green Bay rather than retire or play elsewhere.

“According to my sources…[Aaron Rodgers] will officially be returning to the Green Bay Packers,” wrote McAfee. “There is no deal in place currently but there is said to be a cap-friendly deal on the way.”

One minute later, NFL insider Ian Rapoport added some specifics to the announcement as well as the news that a deal had, in fact, been agreed upon.

“The Packers and MVP QB Aaron Rodgers have agreed to terms on a 4-year, $200M deal that makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history, sources say,” per Rapoport. “He gets a whopping $153M guaranteed and his cap number goes down. A monstrous commitment by GB for years to come.”

However, McAfee then responded a few minutes later to say that, per his sources, the numbers that Rapoport noted are “not accurate.”

Both McAfee and Rapoport said that retirement was a consideration for Rodgers, who is coming of a season that was extremely unique, to say the least. However, returning to the Packers did seem like the inevitable conclusion for the 38-year-old quarterback, who will presumably now play out his career in Green Bay.

Much more to come on this, we’re sure, but in the meantime, the news that Rodgers was staying put caused a ton of reactions around the NFL world.

[Ian Rapoport, Pat McAfee]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to