The Green Bay Packers continue to move through the offseason hoping to retain Aaron Rodgers. The star quarterback has expressed a desire to play elsewhere. As the Packers work toward a resolution, the front office has avoided a potential headache.
Aaron Rodgers expresses he wants out of Green Bay
Since the Packers elected to take Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft, Rodgers’ future lies on unstable footing.
Despite that, he continued to express throughout the 2020 season that he wants to play his entire career in Green Bay. After the Packers’ disappointing playoff exit in the NFC Championship game for the second straight year, things struck a different tone.
Rodgers’ internal frustrations became public mere hours before this year’s draft. It quickly shifted discussions toward the star quarterback wanting out from the franchise after 16 seasons. Green Bay responded by backing the three-time league MVP as the future under center.
Meanwhile, general manager Brian Gutekunst voiced that he believes the relationship with Rodgers is amendable. As the Packers move toward a resolution, the team avoided a potentially troublesome hurdle.
The Packers just avoided a troublesome headache with Aaron Rodgers
The Packers continue to move through the offseason without any clarity concerning Rodgers’ availability.
The Star quarterback remains a non-participant in team-related activities. As mandatory training camp inches closer this month, Green Bay may have a difficult situation ahead that could cause an unnecessary financial headache concerning Rodgers.
However, ESPN‘s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Packers have spoken to the three-time league MVP about issuing him an excused absence to avoid $93,085 in fines.
Although it’s not much of financial concern for Rodgers, the option does avert another hurdle. It’s a wise move on the Packers’ behalf as it makes the communication between both parties more fluid.
At the same time, it shows that Green Bay is prepared for the star quarterback to be out for the entire training camp that runs from June 15-17. The table is set for both sides to work out a resolution that sees the future Hall of Famer back or playing elsewhere.
Green Bay hopes to keep its star quarterback
With that potential obstacle removed, the Packers can proceed forward to amend the fractured relationship.
The front office’s actions this offseason lay out a clear plan to retain Rodgers at least through the 2021 season. However, the 37-year-old hasn’t budged toward returning to the team since his internal frustrations became public.
He has kept himself away, likely to avoid answering any questions concerning his standing with the organization. Rodgers expressed interest in playing elsewhere, but it isn’t a firm trade demand. His sentiment sits geared toward seeing massive change occur to provide him stability in his long-term future and garner a clear direction for the franchise.
Rodgers aired his perspective, but the Packers control the situation as the team has him under contract through the 2023 season. The star quarterback could threaten to retire, but that’s the only bargaining chip he possesses.
Even then, Green Bay may hold comfort with letting Love step in as the starter. It’s not the desired route, but Love has continued to take snaps with the first team in offseason workouts. It’s valuable experience that will only help him along in his maturation as an NFL quarterback.
The standing between Rodgers and the Packers is at an impasse, but there remains plenty of time to resolve the situation before next season.
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