July 28, 2021

Aaron Rodgers remains the priority of the Green Bay Packers

If the Packers traded Rodgers after the first day of June, they would earn more than $ 22 million in cap space.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – El Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy noted the team is committed to quarterback Aaron Rodgers for something more than next season.

None of that may matter if Aaron Rodgers follows through on what he has told some inside and outside the organization: that he will not return to the Packers, as he reported Thursday. Adam Schefter from ESPN.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst previously mentioned that Rodgers would be the team’s quarterback for the “foreseeable future.” Coach Matt LaFleur hasn’t addressed reporters since March, but he is expected to do so at the end of the NFL draft on Saturday.

“Thursday was definitely a day filled with more intrigue than usual,” Murphy wrote in a column posted Saturday on the team’s website. “The day started with the report that Aaron Rodgers is upset with the Packers and doesn’t want to return to the team. When a report like that involves the reigning MVP, it’s obviously a great story, and it dominated the sports news for most of the day.” .

“This is an issue that we have worked on for several months. Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur and I have flown on several occasions to meet with Aaron. We are well aware of Aaron’s concerns and have worked with him (and his agent Dave Dunn ) to resolve them. We remain committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond. “

Gutekunst said Thursday that he would not trade Rodgers and asked for patience.

“We have been working on this for a while and I think it may take some time.”Gutekunst said hours after Schefter’s report. “But he’s a guy who makes this work. He gives us the best chance of winning and we are going to work towards it.”

However, according to sources close to Rodgers, nothing has changed on his part since Thursday’s report.

Murphy praised Rodgers as a “true leader” for the Packers.

“The relationship Aaron has forged with Matt and the other offensive coaches has brought us to the brink of the Super Bowl two years in a row,” Murphy wrote. “We look forward to competing for another Super Bowl championship with Aaron as our leader.”

Rodgers is under contract with the Packers through the 2023 season with a base salary of $ 14.7 million in 2021. He had a $ 6.8 million staffing bonus due in March that was “awarded on schedule,” a source said at the time. Rodgers would need to attend a large portion of the offseason program to earn a $ 500,000 training bonus, and sources said he has so far not participated in the first portion, which has been virtual.

June could be a critical point in how the process unfolds. It will be when the Packers have their only mandatory offseason event: a three-day minicamp. If Rodgers does not attend, he would be subject to fines. The same would apply if he does not show up for training camp after the end of July.

The June 1 is also significant for the salary cap. If the Packers traded Rodgers after that date, they would earn more than $ 22 million in cap space. Doing so before that date would bring them only $ 5,646 million in compounding savings.

Rodgers ‘unhappiness stems from, but is not exclusive to, the Packers’ decision to trade and pick quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft. The choice was Gutekunst’s decisionBut given the Packers’ structure, Murphy, who is Gutekunst’s boss, could have vetoed the pick if he thought it wasn’t in the best interest of the organization.

LaFleur is in a difficult position because his job is to win now, and he and his coaching staff still believe that Rodgers gives them the best chance. They also need to develop Love, who was the third quarterback last season and was expected to be the best backup this year after the Packers let Tim Boyle go to the Detroit Lions in free agency.

Rodgers has not spoken publicly about the situation since an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” almost a month ago, when he said his future is uncertain.