The Green Bay Packers continue to navigate through the troublesome situation regarding Aaron Rodgers‘ future. The star quarterback has stuck firm to wanting to play elsewhere. However, the Packers have countered airing the desire to keep Rodgers, which the latest roster move further indicated that notion.
Aaron Rodgers wants to leave the Packers
The Packers‘ offseason took a concerning turn after Rodgers’ disgruntlement became public.
The 37-year-old informed the front office that he wants out after 16 seasons. It marks the first time Rodgers has aired sentiment toward desiring a move to play elsewhere.
The conflict lies directly with a fractured relationship between the star quarterback and the front office under general manager Brian Gutekunst. The Packers have continued to douse the flames by voicing that Rodgers remains the future under center.
Green Bay took another step toward underlining that notion after its latest roster move.
Packers’ latest move may indicate Aaron Rodgers is staying
Since the Rodgers’ drama became public, the Packers have attempted to handle the situation behind closed doors.
There hasn’t been much movement toward a resolution that keeps the star quarterback in Green Bay. However, the front office may have just made a telling move that suggests things could work out.
On Wednesday, ESPN‘s Field Yates reported that the Packers inked tight end Robert Tonyan in a deal that converts $2.349 million of his $3.384 million into a bonus.
Tonyan’s deal creates $1,879,200 in salary cap space that helps lessen the financial burden of Rodgers’ 2021 salary. It rounds the total up to roughly $4.4 million in additional salary-cap space that the team has cleared this week.
The Packers wouldn’t be operating in this manner to free up more salary-cap space if the team didn’t believe that the 37-year-old is returning. As NFL Network‘s Tom Pelissero pointed out, Green Bay wouldn’t make these moves because trading Rodgers after June 1 nets a $21,152 dead-cap hit in 2021.
Meanwhile, Tonyan earns a much-deserved payday as he’s coming off a breakout 2020 campaign, where he recorded 52 receptions for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns. He finished tied with Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowler Travis Kelce for the most receiving touchdowns for tight ends last year. Before the entire offseason mess, Rodgers was quite vocal about seeing his tight end get paid.
There may not be any clarity regarding the fractured relationship, but it’s quite clear that the Packers currently have no intention of moving on from the future Hall of Famer just yet.
Green Bay wants to keep the star quarterback
Rodgers holds a clear stance concerning his desire to play elsewhere.
However, the Packers have yet to move near that notion as the team continues to indicate that the three-time league MVP remains in the future plans. Gutekunst publicly voiced that he believes the fractured relationship is amendable, while team CEO Mark Murphy privately told those within the organization that the longtime general manager won’t be fired.
Recent reports also stated that Gutekunst has no desire to trade the star quarterback despite the steady outside interest. The Packers are also making moves that suggest that the team envisions Rodgers returning before the 2021 season.
Green Bay hasn’t budged by any means toward a trade even after his cap hit for the 2021 season dropped from $38.356 million to $21.152 million. In other words, the Packers are laying firm with seeing if Rodgers will hold his stance.
His absence also allows Jordan Love to garner much-needed experience working with the first team in offseason workouts. It will come down to whether Rodgers stays committed to his hard position as the Packers remain entirely prepared to have him back.