In the last several months, the Green Bay Packers have seen the relationship with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers fracture to a breaking point. Rodgers internally voiced his desire to play with another franchise after 16 seasons. With all that in mind, the three-time league MVP is about to lose a very expensive leverage over the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers sits on uncertain terms with the Packers
Since last offseason, the Packers continue to hold a shaky relationship with the future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback.
Rodgers has taken it a step further, this time by privately airing his frustrations to the front office. The 37-year-old voiced his desire to play elsewhere due to building internal conflict with general manager Brian Gutekunst’s decision-making regarding the roster. Meanwhile, the front office and head coach Matt LaFleur have repeatedly voiced that Rodgers is still the future under center.
The star quarterback remains away from the team without any indication concerning his availability for the 2021 season. As the matter sits unresolved, Rodgers is set to lose a big bargaining chip over the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers Is About to Lose a Valuable $18.3 Million Advantage Over the Packers
As the 2021 season nears closer, the Packers continue to remain on unsteady ground with Rodgers.
Although Green Bay hasn’t wavered from wanting to move forward with the future Hall of Famer, the 37-year-old has yet to indicate whether he will play the 2021 season. However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting Rodgers may likely lose his footing on the potential option of opting out of the upcoming campaign.
The scenario would see him forfeit his $18.3 million signing bonus in 2021. The decision would still see him lose $14.7 million in base salary this year, but the money would be pushed back to 2022. That said, any serious consideration with that option may be out the door as the NFL policy depends on him developing a high-risk condition since Oct. 1, 2020.
Since he inked his most recent contract before that date, it’s the benchmark timeframe he would have needed to prove he’s dealing with a significant health issue. Rodgers hasn’t indicated he’s working through a severe health issue over the last eight months, effectively eliminating any chance of heading that route.
Beyond that, the latest development erases another potential hurdle that can further complicate the matter.
Green Bay remain prepared for any outcome
The Packers have given Rodgers all the room he needs to move through the situation.
Green Bay hasn’t rushed him into any rash decision or further harmed the standing with the three-time league MVP. Meanwhile, the front office continues to operate with the notion that Rodgers will be back before the 2021 campaign.
Even if he elects to sit out to start the season, the team is growing increasingly comfortable with second-year quarterback Jordan Love handling the starting job. Love is continuing to receive first-team reps in practice, which he didn’t garner last offseason before his rookie campaign.
Earlier this month, the Utah State product voiced he is “definitely” ready to go for Week 1 action against the New Orleans Saints.
“A hundred percent,” Love said via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “Obviously, this is a time where I’m getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have been getting in a normal circumstance. So I’m just going to take it day by day…But yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I’ll definitely be ready Week 1.”
Whatever the outcome winds up being, the Packers are prepared.
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