OPINION: How Losing Corey Linsley Will Affect Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in 2021

Published 03/16/2021, 9:17 AM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Arguably the league’s best center, Corey Linsley will have a new place to call home in 2021. And unfortunately for Green Bay Packers fans, it’s going to be far from Lambeau Field.

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A 5th-round draft pick for the Packers back in 2014, Linsley recently signed a massive 5-year deal worth up to $62.5 million with the LA Chargers. The deal makes him the highest-paid center in the league. 

And many would say that the money is well deserved. The 2020 first-team All-Pro played a key role in the success of the Packers in 2020. And more importantly in the success of 2020 MVP winner Aaron Rodgers.  

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Losing Linsley, a big blow for the Green Bay Packers

It’s always tough to lose an All-Pro. And when that player is also someone who’s cemented his position in a side over the past 6 years, the blow is even harder.  

Linsley appeared in 99 games for the Green Bay Packers over the past 7 seasons. And during that time he developed a great sense of chemistry and understanding between himself and QB Aaron Rodgers. 

The role of a center is one of the most key positions in an offensive line. The center is the player who snaps the ball to the QB, thus making him the first point of contact with the play-caller. 

Sharing the right chemistry to ensure that there aren’t any mistakes on snaps is crucial to a quarterback’s success and thus is directly proportional to a team’s success as well.

Apart from taking the snap and making sure the opposition doesn’t get to Aaron Rodgers, Linsley also played a pivotal role in helping the team’s running game.

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The offensive linesman helped his running backs put up the numbers that they did by creating rushing lanes on several instances. Thus losing out on his main center of the last 7 years is something that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers might suffer the consequences of next season.

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The Packers do have some options to choose from their roster. Their 2019 draft pick Elgton Jenkins is considered to be the leading man to take up the opening spot.

Filling in for an All-Pro will be a huge responsibility. But the Packers faithful and Aaron Rodgers himself will hope that Jenkins will be up for the task in 2021.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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