The Green Bay Packers have rolled through much of the offseason with serious questions concerning Aaron Rodgers’ future. Green Bay has yet to provide any clarity that would generate stability or a sense of direction ahead. The Packers have now once again further clouded the matter around Rodgers with their latest comments.
Aaron Rodgers holds uncertain future ahead in Green Bay
Since the Packers elected to draft Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft, Aaron Rodgers’ future has remained a prominent topic.
Throughout the 2020 season, Rodgers voiced that his tenure with the team is out of his control. The 37-year-old has repeatedly stated his desire to play his entire career with the franchise, but his current structure leaves the option open for Green Bay to move on well before it expires.
Since the end of last season, the Packers have done Rodgers no favors toward creating a sense that his future is secure. The front office has now further clouded that conversation with their latest comments.
The Packers sprout even more doubt over Aaron Rodgers’ future
As the offseason has rolled along, there remains a lingering uncertainty around Aaron Rodgers’ long-term future.
What has continued to feed that dialogue was the Packers’ decision not to restructure the 37-year-old’s contract. It centers on the team electing not to covert his $6.8 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, which would have created more salary-cap space this year and led to larger cap hits in the remaining years of Rodgers’ contract.
Packers president Mark Murphy had a chance to less than the tension from the situation but instead further created more questions about the three-time MVP’s future. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Murphy chose not to dive into the decision not to rework Rodgers’ contract.
“I can’t really get into specific players,” Murphy said. “We’ve been able to create room with others.”
When asked why he wouldn’t want to do something to ensure Rodgers is the Packers’ quarterback beyond just this season, Murphy said: “Yeah, I’m not going to get [into] the specifics again. Good try, though.”
Murphy’s comments offer don’t spring forth optimism regarding the situation but instead create more uncertainty. Yes, he doesn’t have to provide the media any reason why the team didn’t rework Rodgers’ deal.
However, the optics of his response give off the vibe that the Packers don’t desire to extend or generate a greater financial commitment in his remaining contract. In other words, it keeps the spotlight on the possibility the team could move on from Rodgers before his current contract expires.
Could major change be on the horizon?
Over the last several weeks, the Packers haven’t exactly cooled the flames regarding dialogue around Aaron Rodgers’ contract situation.
Instead, their public comments and lack of in-depth responses protrude that the team has no interest in altering his deal. Green Bay could work out an extension at any point with their star quarterback, but those dialogues haven’t gone anywhere since the 37-year-old approached the team about it back in January.
It’s quite clear that Rodgers wants to work out a new deal with Green Bay to extend his tenure. However, it doesn’t appear to be a mutually shared interest as the sentiment around the Packers is that they want to keep their options open.
Rodgers’ contract currently holds a significantly less financial commitment if the team cut or traded him after this year. The Packers would carry a $17.2 million dead cap hit in 2022 and only $2.8 million in 2023.
Until the front office either rework or extend Rodgers’ deal, there will remain lingering questions regarding his long-term future in Green Bay.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.