Since the Green Bay Packers‘ disappointing playoff exit, the focus around the franchise has been on Aaron Rodgers‘ future. The star quarterback hasn’t exactly extinguished the flames on the chatter over the last several days. Meanwhile, the Packers have quickly shut down any trade discussion around Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers voices uncertainty
The Packers saw their 2020 season come to a discouraging close after falling short to the Buccaneers in the NFC championship game.
Following the contest, the attention quickly shifted over to Aaron Rodgers’ long-term future in Green Bay. The 37-year-old voiced remarks that gave off the sense of uncertainty around what lies ahead. (H/T Sporting News)
“A lot of guys futures, they’re uncertain, myself included.” Rodgers said. “Just gonna have to take some time away and clear my head and kind of see what’s going on with everything.”
Rodgers has since clarified his comments by stating that he wants to remain with the franchise. However, he quickly pointed out that his long-term fate with the team is entirely out of his hands.
With that in mind, the Packers have just made it clear that they don’t plan on moving on from him just yet.
Packers shut down an NFL team’s attempt to trade for Aaron Rodgers
Over the last several days, the public perception of uncertainty around Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Packers has become a prominent discussion.
The noise around the franchise has already led to one NFL team trying to acquire the likely 2020 season MVP. According to Sam Farmer of The LA Times, the LA Rams “made a run” at trying to land the 37-year-old before trading for Matthew Stafford.
“They wanted an upgrade from Jared Goff,” Farmer said. “They felt like there were a certain number of quarterbacks that could do that. I think Deshaun Watson was out of their price range. They made a run at Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers were adamant they weren’t trading him.”
It isn’t surprising to hear that an NFL team already tried to acquire Rodgers, but it is quite telling that the Packers adamantly turned that scenario down. Things didn’t even progress toward an exploratory conversation with the Rams, which shows the team has no interest at this moment to trade their star quarterback.
These reports come a few days after head coach Matt LaFleur, and Packers CEO Mark Murphy both voiced no desire to move Rodgers. The situation can certainly change in the coming weeks, but there is no internal push to get the ball rolling toward that direction.
Future remains stable at least for now
It may be a singular report concerning a trade scenario regarding Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers may have set an early tone for the situation.
The franchise is still firmly committed to Rodgers, at least through the 2021 season. Where things get a bit sticky for the 37-year-old is his future well beyond that. He has stated on multiple occasions that he wants to play his entire career with Green Bay.
The Packers control his long-term fate as he’s heading into the second year of his four-year, $134 million deal that runs through the 2023 season. The number to watch is his dead cap hit as it drops down to $17.2 million in 2022 and only $2.8 million in 2023.
Those financial figures alone leave the door ajar for Packers to move in another direction in the next couple of years. Until Rodgers works out another contract with the Packers, there will remain doubt around his long-term future in Green Bay.
Contract details courtesy of Spotrac.