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The Packers are helping smooth things over with Aaron Rodgers by bringing back a 30-year-old former teammate

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Aaron Rodgers pats the helmet of Randall Cobb during a 2018 game.
Randall Cobb and Aaron Rodgers are reunited. Mark Tenally/AP Images
  • The Packers are reportedly trading for veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb.

  • According to reports, Rodgers wanted the team to bring back one of his favorite former targets.

  • Rodgers reported to training camp this week after an offseason of speculation about his future.

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After an offseason of drama surrounding Aaron Rodgers' future in Green Bay, it appears things have been patched over, at least for now.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rodgers and the Packers are working toward a renegotiated contract that will void the last year of Rodgers' deal, leaving him with two more seasons. The two sides will review the agreement next offseason.

Rodgers reported to training camp this week after speculation that he might hold out.

Beyond the renegotiated contract, which looks like it will free Rodgers up to explore moving to a new team, the Packers also made a concession for Rodgers: bringing back veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb.

The Packers are reportedly finalizing a deal with the Houston Texans to bring back the 30-year-old Cobb, who spent the first eight years of his career with the Packers.

According to Schefter, the deal was made for Rodgers.

Cobb on Wednesday tweeted, "I'm coming home!" with a picture of himself in a Packers uniform.

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Over eight seasons with the Packers, Cobb had 5,524 receiving yards and 41 receiving touchdowns. He became Rodgers' favorite target in the slot, and according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the Packers haven't found a noteworthy replacement since Cobb left in 2018.

The Packers have been criticized in some corners of the NFL world for not adding enough receiving talent for Rodgers. For instance, the Packers didn't draft a wide receiver in 2020, in what was considered a deep, talented draft class for receivers.

The move may still strike some as odd, however. Cobb is hardly an elite threat anymore. He can be effective when healthy, but he hasn't played more than 10 games in two of the last three seasons. He's had just one 1,000-yard season - back in 2014.

The Packers insisted all offseason that they wanted Rodgers to return for the 2021 season. Apparently, that meant relinquishing a bit of roster control to the reigning MVP.

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