The Green Bay Packers continue to operate this offseason without Aaron Rodgers. The star quarterback remains away from the team despite the 2021 campaign being less than two months away. It has led to Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning weighing in on the situation, providing his take on the fractured relationship in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers remains on uncertain terms with the Packers
Rodgers remains away from the franchise since the Packers fell short in their second straight trip to the NFC championship game.
The three-time league MVP privately expressed he may want a change of scenery after 16 seasons in Green Bay. Meanwhile, the front office hasn’t budged toward considering moving the star quarterback but instead repeatedly voiced strong public backing of Rodgers as the future under center.
With the matter still unresolved, another Hall of Fame quarterback has chimed in regarding the problematic situation.
Peyton Manning pitches Aaron Rodgers the best reason to reconcile with the Packers
Rodgers’ lingering situation with the Packers continues to remain a prominent NFL storyline.
It’s led to several notable names weighing in on the fractured relationship. Although the Packers have not engaged in trade talks, the Denver Broncos remain a potential landing spot for the future Hall of Famer.
Before Monday’s MLB home run derby, Peyton Manning discussed the matter voicing he can’t imagine Rodgers sitting out the 2021 season while hoping the star quarterback resolves his standing with Green Bay.
“Great question. Obviously, it’s the question of the summer here in Denver.”‘ Manning said via Bleacher Report. “Obviously, I hope he plays somewhere this year. The fact that Aaron Rodgers might not play this year, I can’t fathom it. He’s too good of a player. Too fun to watch for the fans. I personally hope it’s in Green Bay. That’s what I see him as. I hope they can kinda make amends and work [it] out. That team is so close, if he were to leave there it’d be a major change, obviously, for them.
“My gut is he’s not coming to Denver. My gut is Denver’s gonna have Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater be their quarterback. At this point, you gotta kinda know what your plan is, you can’t be having a new quarterback three weeks before the season.”
Like many others, Manning finds it hard to believe Rodgers will play for another franchise. The star quarterback spent his first 16 seasons in Green Bay, while the team is coming off back-to-back NFC Championship game appearances.
The scenario of joining the Broncos is undoubtedly an intriguing option. However, Denver is more than prepared to move forward with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgwater competing for the starting job. As Manning points out, the short time frame before the preseason makes it challenging to see any trade unfolding prior to the 2021 campaign.
Green Bay holds the ultimate control with the star quarterback
Throughout the offseason, the Packers continue to play the situation with a calm and collected approach.
Green Bay hasn’t wavered in its commitment to the star quarterback or entertained trade talk despite a few teams holding interest. Instead, the organization is moving full steam ahead as if Rodgers will return at some point before the 2021 season.
The 37-year-old is under contract through the 2023 campaign while holding decreased dead cap hits at $17.2 million in 2022 and $2.8 million in 2023. The team is also growing increasingly comfortable with second-year quarterback Jordan Love leading the offense this upcoming season.
Love is receiving much-needed snaps in training camp and will see extended playing time in the preseason. It’s all lined up to see him step in the starter for Week 1 action against the New Orleans Saints. Regardless of what Rodgers chooses to do, the Packers dictate how the situation will ultimately transpire.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.