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LaFleur conscious of 'annoying' Rodgers as he decides Packers future

By Sports Desk March 02, 2022

Matt LaFleur intends to give Aaron Rodgers time and space to decide his future rather than "annoying" the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

For the second straight offseason, the Packers are waiting to learn if the reigning MVP will return next year.

Despite a long-running saga prior to the 2021 season and then a coronavirus controversy during the campaign, Rodgers excelled again for Green Bay.

The 38-year-old then promised "a decision in the near future", but a series of cryptic social media posts and quotes followed.

While the Packers face uncertainty again, head coach LaFleur is determined not to interfere with Rodgers' thought process.

"I told him: I don't want to be overbearing and tell him every day how much we love him and how much we want him back," LaFleur said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

"So you just want to be respectful of his space and allow him to think through everything clearly without being annoying, I guess."

Meanwhile, LaFleur confirmed Rodgers had a "significant role" in Tom Clements returning to the team as quarterbacks coach.

Clements was previously with the Packers between 2006 and 2016, including working with Rodgers as QB coach for the Super Bowl season of 2010.

He has been credited with having a key role in Rodgers' development by the player himself.

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