The Green Bay Packers continue to operate in damage control mode since star quarterback Aaron Rodgers aired his desire to leave. The lingering uncertainty has created a cloudy future ahead. However, there may possibly be a scenario that could keep Rodgers in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers’ uncertain future with the Packers
A recent seismic shift has taken place in Green Bay after Rodgers’ internal disgruntlement became public.
The writing has been on the wall for months as the star quarterback repeatedly voiced his uncertainty. Meanwhile, the front office hasn’t moved to resolve it but rather let it continue to build.
The Packers have had plenty of opportunities to further secure his contract situation through restructuring it or working out an extension.
All that has guided Rodgers to firmly believe playing elsewhere may be what’s best for his NFL career. It’s no secret that he holds the strong desire to play into his 40s, but the organization hasn’t moved toward making that scenario feasible.
Despite the concerning parameters, there may be a pathway that Green Bay can follow to amend the situation with the future Hall of Famer.
Aaron Rodgers just wants 1 guarantee from the Packers
Since Rodgers’ privately aired his disgruntlement, many details have emerged, shedding light on his mindset.
The 37-year-old’s shift toward wanting out has put the Packers in a challenging spot to convince him to stay. During an interview on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport laid out a potential path for the front office to fix the matter.
“To me it’s not about the overall yearly averages,” Rapoport said. “It’s about, from what I understand, security and him knowing that he is the Packers starter going forward, guaranteed contractually.”
Rapoport also added that he hasn’t ruled out any scenario as he sees the situation heading in either direction. Rodgers may be firm on his stance, but there remains wiggle room to amend the relationship.
His desire to leave is likely rooted behind wanting to control the next chapter of his NFL career. Right now, he doesn’t have that due to his contract that allows the Packers to move off him well before his deal finishes.
Rodgers wants that long-term stability not only financially with sizable guaranteed money each season, but no doubts about his status as the starter. Until those two areas are met, things will remain on shaky ground.
Troubling times may lie ahead in Green Bay
The Packers hold a clear understanding regarding Rodgers’ unhappiness.
The front office holds no desire to move the star quarterback, but that option may become the lone logical route. Rodgers holds gripes that may conflict with the team’s operational direction.
His issues lie with other matters that remain unresolved beyond his contract. The Packers have made several questionable roster decisions, along with the lack of significant pursuit of offensive talent.
Through that, Rodgers stayed the course publicly, voicing his desire to play his entire career in Green Bay and putting together another remarkable season. The 37-year-old is heading into the next stage of his career and wants command like Tom Brady is experiencing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Moreover, the Packers’ actions under general manager Brian Gutekunst don’t exactly evoke tremendous confidence from Rodgers. The situation could certainly still change, but things don’t look promising.