Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.
Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.
AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams
AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals
AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals
Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs
Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys
Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch
Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School
In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
Johnson had surgery on his ankle and finger last offseason, and while he missed three games due to injury in October, he played every game from November onward despite being limited by an ankle injury in practice. The Lions wide receiver finished with 71 receptions for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.
"I would love for Percy to come back," Smith said. "Obviously I can’t make that decision, but from my short time with him he’s been a great teammate. He’s obviously a dynamic player and I’d love to see what he can do in this new offense."
Harvin played eight games with the Jets in 2014, catching 29 passes for 350 yards.
However, Harvin is due $10.5 million in base salary in 2014, and is under contract until 2018.
"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t," Arians said. "We definitely, desperately want him to stay. He knows that. It’s really his decision."
Fitzgerald has a salary cap hit of $23.6 million for 2015 and the team will work to get that number down in the offseason. Team president Michael Bidwill said this week contract talks won't start fully until after the Super Bowl.
"I’m hoping and praying every day that it does happen," Arians said. "I’ve expressed to him personally how much it means to us."
Fitzgerald has not reached 1,000 yards receiving in the past three seasons and totaled 784 in 2014 on 63 catches with two touchdowns.
"I don't know if he'll be back. I can't answer that question," Jennings said. "But what I do know is that if he does come back, he'd be accepted with open arms. As an organization from the Wilfs on down, we all want him back. So, I mean, it's a touchy subject and he's been the franchise player -- face of that team -- for eight years. So it will be a loss, a huge loss, if we can't get him back, and that's the nature of this business."
In November, Peterson was suspended by the league without pay for the rest of the season, making him ineligible for reinstatement until at least April 15. The move came after Peterson pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son last May. He is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million.
It's unclear at this point if Jennings has talked to Zygi and Mark Wilf about the Peterson situation. What is clear is that the team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension.
"I'm excited about what the future holds," Maclin said on Friday. "Once again, both sides have made it known what we want to do. I think it will take care of itself."
He could be franchise tagged if a deal is not signed. The tag number for wide receivers is yet to be determined.
Maclin had 85 catches in 2014 for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in Philadelphia.
"I think he's paid his dues and I think he's got his life together," Khan said, per The Florida Times-Union.
Decker spent a few days in Arizona this week with Thomas filming a commercial.
“I’ve been pushing for the entire year now,” Decker said in a telephone interview with The New York Post. “It was just another opportunity to talk to him about it. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. I think it would be tough for Denver to let him go. So whether they franchise-tag him here in the next month or give him a long-term deal, he’s just one of those premier players in this league.
"If he happens to make it to free agency, I would love to sign him because playing alongside him for four years and especially the last two years made it a lot of fun and made it a lot easier. He’s just one of the great players in this league.”
Thomas recorded a career-best 1,619 receiving yards in 2014. It was his third straight season of 1,000-plus receiving yards. He also had at least 10 touchdowns for a third straight season.
"I’m excited to be joining the Lions and very much look forward to playing in the CFL," said Collie. "The wide-open play of the Canadian game and the passion of fans across the league is going to be a lot of fun to experience."
Collie played four seasons with the Colts and one with the Patriots. In his last NFL action, he caught four passes for 57 yards in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.
Boykin finished the year with the same number of catches as drops, three, the paper noted.
If Randall Cobb re-signs with Green Bay, the Packers will enter 2015 with Jordy Nelson, Cobb and Adams as their three primary wideouts.