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Aaron Rodgers admits he didn’t expect to be back in Green Bay

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Longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was all but certain he would be moving on from the team. He felt like the writing was on the wall and it was time for a fresh start elsewhere. But somehow, and someway, things didn’t work out as expected.

Despite all the offseason drama surrounding Rodgers and the Packers’ front office, the two sides have agreed to set their differences aside and give it one last go in 2021.

“Last year at this time, I was looking at the season as my last year in Green Bay” said Rodgers.

He realizes he needs to go into the season with the same mindset he had in 2020. It seems to be a recipe for success.

“Last year, I need to look at the year that way for perspective…Just to enjoy all the little things that I’ve been able to be a part of over the last 15-plus years at the time. Helped me have a great season, mentally, quality-of-life-wise, happiness-wise. And I had so much fun”.

The 37-year old, who was selected 24th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, has won a Super Bowl title, Super Bowl MVP, three NFL MVP’s, and has been a three-time first team all pro, three-time NFL passer rating leader, two-time NFL passing touchdown leader and nine-time Pro Bowler throughout his 16 seasons in the NFL and with the organization.

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Saints acquire veteran cornerback Bradley Roby from Texans

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With the new season just around the corner, the New Orleans Saints have added some much-needed depth in the secondary.

The team announced on Wednesday that they have acquired veteran cornerback Bradley Roby from the Houston Texans in exchange for a return that is yet to be reported.

The 29-year old, who will miss Week 1 to serve the final game of a six-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs, has posted 301 combined tackles, 75 passes defended, 10 interceptions, four sacks and three touchdowns over a span of 99 games and seven seasons split between the Texans and Denver Broncos.

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Ravens sign tight end Mark Andrews through the 2025 season

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The Baltimore Ravens have locked up a key part of their offense to their long-term deal.

The team announced that they have inked veteran tight end Mark Andrews to a four-year, $56 million contract extension that includes $37.6 million in guaranteed money. As part of the deal, he will receive $26.6 million by March 2022 at the latest.

“Mark is exactly the type of player we wish to keep as a Raven long term” said Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta.

“He’s competitive, passionate, talented and a leader. We are so excited to have him in Baltimore for the next five years. Congratulations to Mark and his family _ and happy birthday.”

The 26-year old, who was selected 86th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, has amassed 156 receptions, 2105 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns over a span of three seasons.

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Patriots release Cam Newton, name Mac Jones their starting quarterback

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It looks like the New England Patriots are taking the youth route at the quarterback position in 2021.

The team announced Tuesday that they have officially cut Cam Newton from the roster, and named rookie Mac Jones their starting QB entering the 2021 campaign.

Newton, 32, was the club’s starting quarterback last season and had signed a one-year contract that has $3.5 million in guarantees and a potential $1.5 million through incentives. However, his disappointing performance in the team’s three preseason contests plus being sidelined for some time due to a misunderstanding of COVID protocols ultimately led to his demise.

Jones, 22, was selected 15th overall by the Patriots in the 2021 NFL Draft after three seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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