The saga around Aaron Rodgers continues to take twists and turns. The star quarterback wants out, but the Green Bay Packers remain firm in wanting to keep him. However, the Packers may have a date ahead that could change the entire dynamic.
Aaron Rodgers desire move from the Packers
Since the Packers elected to take Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft, uncertainty remains around Rodgers’ future.
The three-time league MVP took matters into his hands by voicing to the franchise that he wants to leave. Green Bay responded with strong public comments that the relationship isn’t “irretrievably broken” while viewing Rodgers as the long-term future.
“No, I don’t think so at all. That’s my opinion and that’s the organization’s opinion,” general manager Brian Gutekunst said via Pro Football Talk. “We want Aaron to be our quarterback. We’re pretty resolute with that…We want to leave every avenue open for that to happen.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers hasn’t confirmed or denied the reports, which further fuels the belief that he’s hit a breaking point. He stated throughout the 2020 season that he wanted to play his entire NFL career with Green Bay.
However, that sentiment wasn’t met with mutual commitment as the front office left his contract situation unresolved. The Packers had plenty of opportunities to either restructure his contract or work out an extension, but neither scenario came about until Rodgers aired his frustrations.
As the 2021 campaign moves closer, Green Bay holds a firm date to resolve the lingering matter.
Aaron Rodgers can finally circle the date he will know his Packers fate
The Packers continue to navigate the saga around Rodgers, with the firm desire to keep him.
However, the situation could take a drastically different turn before training camp next month due to the financial commitment. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently reported that a trade after June 1 would see the cap hit drop to $14.352 million for the 2021 season and increase to $17.198 million in 2022.
Any trade before that date would result in a $31.556 million cap hit this year. Green Bay isn’t actively pushing for a trade, but if Rodgers remains stern toward wanting out, the financial burden will be far less.
It comes down to the Packers’ willingness to move on from their star quarterback. The trade market remains strong, with the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders leading the charge.
If there is a window for Rodgers to depart from Green Bay before the 2021 season, it will occur after June 1.
Green Bay will dictate the path ahead
The Packers are well aware of Rodgers‘ strong sentiment, but there hasn’t been any movement toward a resolution.
The future Hall of Famer wants to hold control over the next chapter of his career. At this point, Green Bay can do what it wants with Rodgers due to the contract standing. The front office could move on well before the deal ends in 2023 due to steadily decreasing dead cap hits.
Rodgers wants financial security along with the franchise showing their commitment to him as the long-term future. He has seen what Tom Brady garnered from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and likely wants that same treatment.
Time will tell if the Packers believe Rodgers can age gracefully like Brady to earn that control over his remaining NFL career.