Don’t dismiss the possibility that Aaron Rodgers will play elsewhere in 2021

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No one would be considering the possibility today that Aaron Rodgers has played his final game in a yellow helmet with a G on each side if he hadn’t veered unprompted into a discussion about his uncertain future after Sunday’s season-ending loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Rodgers’ comments were sufficiently striking to cause multiple reporters who have covered the team for a long time to sense something ominous in his words.

It’s easy to dismiss the notion that the Packers would want to move on from Rodgers. They surely didn’t trade up to pick quarterback Jordan Love with the idea of swapping out Rodgers for Love after one season, especially when Rodgers had one of the most brilliant seasons of his career. But what the team wants is one thing; what Rodgers wants is another.

Some in the media are quick to dismiss the notion of Rodgers wanting out, or of Rodgers getting out. Why is that? Are they stuck in an outdated way of thinking about football players and their ability to shape their own destinies? Some in the media simply may not want to be bothered with spending time and effort working on a story that has a good chance of going nowhere, especially if Rodgers decides after taking some time to think things through that he’s all in for another year in Green Bay, and maybe more.

Regardless, Rodgers dropped this possible turd in the offseason punch bowl, not anyone else. It’s up to the rest of us to figure out whether it’s the real thing or a Baby Ruth.

Five days ago, Rodgers described his future as a “beautiful mystery.” The context of those comments suggested that he was acknowledging the possibility that the Packers would choose to make a change, a proposition that seemed at the time and still seems even now to be preposterous. But his comments from Sunday subtly flipped the perspective from franchise to franchise quarterback.

For that reason, his words cannot be ignored.

Still, plenty of fans and too many in the media will plug their ears and rattle off “not listening” over and over again, even though the evidence is currently hiding in plain sight. Some will cherry pick specific aspects of salary-cap concerns in order to shout down the possibility of the Packers trading Rodgers if Rodgers decides, after taking time to think things through, that he’d like to keep playing for a team other than the one that devoted a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft to his eventual replacement.

As to the cap hit, the chorus of naysayers already are saying that it would cost the Packers more than $31 million to trade Rodgers. First, trading Rodgers costs the Packers nothing; the team would simply take a cap charge from unallocated bonus payments. In Rodgers’ case, past bonus payments already will count for $14.352 million in his 2021 cap number. Trading him before June 1 (more on that in a second) would accelerate $17.204 million into 2021, bumping the total cap charge to $31.556 million.

That’s a lot, to be sure. But Rodgers, with $22.35 million in 2021 compensation, already has a cap number of $37.572 million. Thus, trading him before June 1 (more on that in a second) would actually create a net cap savings of $6.016 million.

Jordan Love, the man drafted in April ostensibly to replace Rodgers, has a cap number of $2.814 million in 2021.

The fact most overlooked by the THIRTY-ONE MILLION CAP HIT! crowd is this: The Packers could keep the cap charge at $14.352 million for 2021 by trading Rodgers after June 1.

Here’s where the naysayers would say that the Packers and Rodgers’ new team would never wait that long to do the deal. But why not? If the Packers would choose to carry $37.572 million under Rodgers’ name from March 17 until June 2 in order to ultimately save $23.22 million in 2021 cap space, a June 2 trade becomes extremely viable. And with the ongoing pandemic likely making the on-field offseason program a nullity for a second straight year, why wouldn’t a team that wants Rodgers agree to do a tentative trade in, for example, March but then agree to delay the execution of the deal until June 2?

Nothing would prevent that. The practice of teams striking tentative trades before the start of the league year has become routine. Reaching a deal with the express understanding that it would become finalized on June 2 would be no different.

And if, in the interim, if Rodgers gets a playbook and participates in Zoom sessions and informally works out with his future teammates, who’s going to complain about that?

None of this is a prediction about what will happen. It’s an effort to understand what could happen, if Rodgers decides after taking some time to think it through that he’s going to walk before the Packers make him run.

He had a front row seat for the team’s effort in early 2008 to get Brett Favre to retire at a time on the calendar when, if pressed for a clear answer, Favre would opt to move on. Rodgers witnessed what happened when Favre decided as football season approached that he wanted to keep playing. Rodgers undoubtedly took mental if not actual notes on how he would choose to navigate his own final days in Green Bay, once he gets the sense that the team is plotting a future without him.

Last April, the Packers made it clear that they are plotting a future without him. Rodgers can either sit back and let their plan play out unchallenged, or he can force the issue.

Again, none of this would be currently relevant if Rodgers hadn’t said what he said on Sunday. Some will say he was speaking extemporaneously or emotionally. Others will say that he’s smart enough to have envisioned the possibility of losing, and adept enough with his brain and his vocal cords to craft a precise message that was delivered not accidentally but intentionally.

So no matter what happens in 2021, it would be stupid and/or naive to watch Rodgers’ press conference from Sunday and to conclude, “He’s just upset about the game. He’ll feel better in a few days.”

124 responses to “Don’t dismiss the possibility that Aaron Rodgers will play elsewhere in 2021

  1. I’d be more surprised if he doesn’t. I’m pretty sure a lot of Packers will want to be playing elsewhere in 2021 after their HC blew the season not going for it on 4th and 2.

  2. He had 3 or 4 opportunities late in the 4th to take the lead, we are talking about the league’s MVP. I’m a football fan, no dog in this fight, I was very disappointed in his play- there in the 4th when it mattered most. Saying that, GB would be foolish to let this guy go.

  3. Rodgers is a truly great QB, a very smart guy and seems to genuinely have compassion and give back. But he is also a diva. He is also somewhat petulant. He’s passive aggressive. Speaking for myself only, I find the way he crafts his answers even in immediate post game interviews to be inauthentic. I have to wonder if all of those qualities don’t negatively impact him and even the team on the field.

  4. It is much more likely that AR is contemplating retirement than playing for another team. Aaron is a super smart guy who has multiple interests and all of the money he will ever need. It is easily within the realm of possibility that he is ready to move on to life after football.

  5. Per the head coach afterwards, he expects Rodgers back. If Rodgers leaves it will be because he wants out. Would be hard to blame him when he sees Brady winning so often and realizes how the Packers have wasted him… and I’m a Packers fan.

  6. There is something extra messed up about AR getting worked up over QB being drafted considering that is the EXACT same way he got to green Bay.

    Amazing QB, but such an unlikable guy.

  7. Aaron Rodgers is simply a more talented version of a franchise quarterback (ala Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, etc) that wins MVPs and racks up stats, but he’s unable to take over games and consistently win conference championships or Super Bowls. We can sit here and talk about how badly the organization has handled having Aaron Rodgers… but at a certain point, you gotta flip the Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant switch ON, and take over games man. Tom Brady chucked 3 interceptions in a row and the Buccaneers were begging you to step up with your legacy on the line, and you couldn’t do it. There’s many great franchise QBs that only win 1 title (Favre, Brees, Young, Wilson, etc), there’s no shame in that.

  8. Trade him to Houston, they will let him select the coach, offensive coordinator etc.

    His ego is the size of Texas, He will fit right in.

  9. Don’t dismiss? While he may be extremely overrated and an historic playoff choker, they’re not going to do a rebuild right now with Jordan Love. Yes, he was upset at the end of the game. He can’t be happy about the field goal knowing that his coach put the game in Tom Brady’s hands and not his own. THAT hurt more than anything. If the Packers failed, Brady is starting from his 9 yard line too.

  10. Perhaps it’s a message to the GM and coach, don’t F up the draft again this yr. Get better players for me or I hold out until a trade is completed.

  11. For all of the superlatives thrown about LAST week about Arron rogers, let me start off the week with my own – Underachiever.

  12. Don’t get me wrong, he himself is a great talent, there just seems to be something missing that some of the all-time greats have. Perhaps it’s the surrounding cast and/or coaching.

  13. I was one of the Patriots fans who thought Brady wouldn’t leave New England. After I was proved wrong, I started thinking about it in a different way, from the viewpoint of what Brady might be thinking about where he could best achieve success in the final years of his career. Then it made sense.

    The Rodgers and Brady situations are different in many ways, but they might have some of the same thoughts. If Rodgers is thinking he’s at least two-thirds of the way through his NFL career, and he’s looking at the Jordan Love drafting, I can imagine him thinking that maybe it’s time to reinvent himself and change the narrative of his career. I bet he would at least want to know about teams out there that might want him and suit him.

  14. Saints wasting Brees’ career or Packers’ wasting Rodgers? Pretty much a coin flip as to which is the bigger crime.

  15. As a Chiefs fan I can see the Raiders making a play for him, it’s the kind of thing they do when they’re desperate. Besides they finally beat us once this year, I’m sure they’d like to try and accomplish that again at least once in the 20’s..

  16. I wouldn’t blame him one bit if he wanted to complete his career somewhere else. The Packer team let him down, again. He did everything he could to win a very winnable game and boneheaded errors, fumbles, and drops sealed their fate. Again!

    Too bad for Rodgers. He deserved better. I’ll support whatever decision he makes, 100%. I’ll continue to support the Packers as well, 100%. If the Packers never win anything substantive ever again, I’m good. As a lifelong Packer fan I couldn’t ask for more than they’ve already given me.

  17. GB is no longer just Aaron and a bunch of guys, they are finally putting some pieces around him. Unless there’s some irreconcilable problem between him and Lefleur, he would not be going to a better team if he were to leave.

  18. Aaron is plotting to take his skills to New England all the while leaving the Packers with a career 3rd stringer at QB. Good luck Green Bay, you are going to need it.

  19. It’s funny. Rodgers (if he tries to get out of GB), Stafford, and Watson may all be in similar situations. Yet when I read PFT comments, few people have any issue with Stafford (the least talented of the three) demanding a trade. But for Rodgers and Watson, there seems to be nothing but contempt.

    Folks should realize that the NFL is a monopoly. It is nothing like the “real world.” You cannot just go elsewhere. There are not “noncompete” clauses that they sign. Their employment can be terminated, for any reason, at any time.

    The three of them are using whatever leverage they have to get to a better situation in order to WIN. Not to get more money, but to win. I’m not sure why that’s so unpalatable for a lot of people. Again, this is nothing like our situations in our everyday jobs.

    Of course, GB, Houston, and Detroit do not have to trade them. And then, these QBs can just sit out. And then what? From a team’s standpoint, if your star QB isn’t happy, you need to figure out why and try your best to rectify the situation or trade him. Having these players sit just so you can make a point gets you nothing.

  20. Welcome to L.A. Aaron! You will find it the perfect location to complete your professional and begin your political ambitions.

  21. Aaron Rodgers totally out played Brady. Rodgers didn’t gift the Bucs 14 points. Rodgers was under duress the entire game while Brady had a clean pocket. Brady has much better weapons except for Adams.

    Rodgers has a reason to be pissed. His coach and team let him down.

    If you switch the QB’s the Bucs win in a blow out.

  22. Hope Aaron is back in Green Bay for the 2021 season, but to quote John Malkovich in Dangerous Liaisons, “It’s beyond my control.”

  23. The guy is really full of himself. It’s always others letting him down … when he’s the one common denominator.

  24. It would be interesting to see what the trade return would be. Watson, Stafford, and Rodgers as potential options for bidders? Would that drive the price up or down?
    The one factor with Rodgers is his age. He will be 40 when his current contract expires. A team like Indy ready to win now I can see. Patriots maybe if they have anything left in that fountain of youth. Jets, Texans, Washington, Carolina, Broncos – Nope. Bears? Big nope.

  25. After that field goal decision, he should want out. Brady wins, retires, Rogers goes to Tampa.

  26. He’s not going anyhwere he was just blowing off steam after the game. Why didnt he run into the endzone on 2nd AND 3rd down? he hada a wide open field and then the coach kicked the field goal.

  27. Its time to start the rebuild in Green Bay without Rodgers who they can get quite a bit for in a trade since he still has four good years left.let the bidding for this years MVP begin.

  28. You should. He was just being passive aggressive as usual, which is why many fans don’t like him.

  29. Bears fan here so take this for what its worth. there’s no doubt Rodgers is a great QB but always thought he gets a ridiculous amount of love from the media. I remember after he won his first and only SB to date people were already crowning him the GOAT. Same for this past week where a few in the media were saying that if he won he would definitively be the greatest of all time (forgetting about the accomplishments of the other 12 on the field).

    Personally, I agree with Packerbacker1987 when he said Rodgers is at the level of a Steve Young, Brett Favre, and Wilson. As a Bears fan I would kill to have someone at that level so absolutely no shame in that.

  30. Hey, you guys remember that time when a coach was down 8 points with 2 minutes to go in a game, and he decided to kick a field goal instead of giving Rodgers a chance at a TD? Remember that time? Man, that was crazy.

  31. Of course, Rodgers did throw three straight bad passes when down near the goal line…so…..I guess the coach simply had no confidence in his QB on that 4th down.

  32. He does have an audition for Jeopardy host in the off season. I seriously wonder if he might decide the lights of Hollywood might appeal to him.

  33. 1-4 in NFCCG’s. Come from behind wins in the 4th quarter, against teams with greater than .500 record? Does Aaron have any wins?

  34. If Love was sitting their for the Packers in the second round and they took him because he was the best player on their board, that would be somewhat understandable. Trading up in the first round to pick a QB signals that the Packers intend to move on. Seems pretty simple to me.

  35. Yes, Aaron should certainly finish his career on a team that’s a better fit for him. I could not agree more.

    – Bears fan

  36. stellarperformance says:
    January 25, 2021 at 8:29 am
    I wouldn’t blame him one bit if he wanted to complete his career somewhere else. The Packer team let him down, again. He did everything he could to win a very winnable game and boneheaded errors, fumbles, and drops sealed their fate. Again!/
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    You mean like when AR didn’t run the ball near the goal line? Or when he threw numerous bad passes near the goal line? I know this sounds crazy, but just because the ball hits a WR’s fingertips on a bad throw, it is still a bad throw.

    This was a team loss. But, you should be giving your entire vitriol to your HC. Imagine having a first ballot HOF’er as your QB, and your coach doesn’t have the confidence in him to go for it on 4th down. Imagine that.

  37. I know a lot of haters will say that Rodgers is being overdramatic. But real fans of the team know that he has every right to be upset. We have blatantly neglected massive needs his entire career. Even when we did things to get better coming into last season by adding the Smiths, we take steps backwards this off-season by using the first pick On love. I hope he’s back and I think he will be, but I can’t really blame him at this point if he doesn’t want to be.

  38. Anyone that thinks Jordan Love can maintain the level of play GB is used to with AR is nuts. Moving on from AR, regardless of the money, puts this franchise back 3-4 years – and LaFluer’s career cannot take that hit.

  39. After that FG, they still trail by a touchdown, let alone the fact that expecting the ball back when you give it to Brady, is not a good football decision.
    The fact that Rodgers came empty after 3 downs doesn’t change the notion that going for it, while near the goal line, was the thing to do.
    If they miss, they give the ball back to Brady near the goal line instead of the 25 with no impact on the clock. If the GOAT gives GB the ball back, Rodgers have the whole field to go, with less time.
    Lafleur took the ball of Rodger’s hand, and showed he lost confidence in him, and reacted in an emotional way.

  40. They did not capitalize on the picks. The D gave him the ball several times with opportunities to win the game. He did not will his team to victory. Here is some chedda fo ya whine.

  41. To keep things in perspective. 1. He cant block on the offensive line to get more time to throw. 2. He cant tell the HC, our defensive backs are horrid, I cant guarantee I can throw more td’s then they give up. 3. You gave up on the run game early and fed me to the pass rush.

    Most if any of the loss wasn’t due to Rodgers play. That’s why he is upset and understandably. This team played 10 games against week opponents. Not getting to the SB again is on the coaches, the poor drafting of need, etc. The Bucs came in a better team on offense and defense.

  42. This just didn’t come about after yesterdays loss

    1. For years the Packers have never really gave him the tools he has needed espically a good defense, which they had back when the won the last one.

    2. I dont’ think Aaron was very smitten with the LeFluer hire even though it has been successful

    3. Said coach you’re not to high on drafts a QB in the 1st round of last years draft. A QB who was inactive most of the year

    4. I think its been kept under wraps the relationship Matt and Arron have isn’t the greatest.

    5. You took the ball out of the MVP hands to kick a FG with the game on the line. You’re Defense coudln’t get off the field on 3rd down. You really think you’re gonna get the back back?

    Number 5 is how does that packer announcer say…. “THERE IS YOUR DAGGER”… You showed by drfating a QB and taking the ball out of Aaron’s hands at the most critical juncture of the game shws me the coach doesnt’ trust you.

    Aaron should be pissed and want out, ya all say he’s under contract. He’s got enough jack to sit out and demand a trade don’t kid yourself Packer fans.

    Number

  43. Even if Brady wins his 7th ring in two weeks, he’s 100% not retiring. He committed to two years and to play until he’s 45 years old.

    Another thought after soaking in Rodgers decision not to try and run it in in the 4th quarter himself last night: If it was John Elway, he would have gone for it and possibly gotten smashed at the goal line, and he still would’ve probably made it while risking broken legs. Rodgers should have attempted a try at at greatness there, but he overthought it. It would have been something celebrated in Green Bay forever if he made it.

    Also, repeat after me: Don’t give the ball back to Tom Brady with the lead—insane. You don’t get it back after that.

  44. We need to let Aaron go someplace where they’ll recognize what he brings to the table like the Bucs did with Brady. Rodgers would give a competent coach/GM an instant super bowl. We’ve wasted this guys HOF career long enough.

  45. Did TB win this game or did Kevin King Lose it?

    King should have been released as the game clock hit 0:00.

  46. The most squandered QB in NFL history, hands down.

    Has thrown ONE career pass to a player drafted in the first round. In 16 seasons. Let that sink in.

    It would be one thing if that complete lack of push for skill players resulted in a dominant defense or another building block of a championship team. But every year they’ve had a drastically incomplete, unbalanced team.

    I’ve never seen his level of quality as a player so thoroughly unsupported by management decisions.

    Now he has a couple good offensive partners, but they need both OL and defensive help. And their coaches are disasters.

  47. It has seemed to me especially since the packers drafted Love that Aaron has wanted out of Green Bay and really would like to go home and play in California. If I am the Rams or the 49ers I would be be making a call at some point during this off season. Gonna be a real interesting off season with a number of QBs possibly on the move.

  48. I wonder what they’d actually get for him. Something less than the bounty the Texans will get for Watson if they’re stupid enough to trade him but still a substantial haul.
    But I can’t imagine he’s going anywhere given how good the football situation is in GB. Unless… he wants to live somewhere else. People never seem to add that into the equation in football–maybe he just wants to go back to California or somewhere warm?
    I still cannot believe they kicked a FG there.

  49. Instead of wasting their first-round pick on Jordan Love, the Packers could have drafted Tee Higgins, Laviska Shenault, or Chase Claypool.

  50. Anyone who thinks the Packers will move off a player who is going to win the MVP this season is insane. Regardless of cap he will be back.

  51. It’s sad that everyone is so quick to bust on Rodgers. He didn’t choke and he didn’t underachieve. He outplayed Brady, he had 350 yards and 3 TD’s. The man made one mistake, not running it in on that last drive. He couldn’t make Adams catch that td that hit him on the hands, he couldn’t make Jones not fumble, he couldn’t make King cover Scotty Miller (or anyone), he couldn’t make the refs throw the pi flag on that int and he sure as hell couldn’t block JPP and Shaq. The Packers got outplayed yesterday for sure, but that was not the fault of Rodgers. I think his feelings after the game are a reflection of the disappointment he felt and feels about the fact that Green Bay made no effort to upgrade the team around him this year.

  52. The team is in cap hell. Little can be done to improve the team, and unless they have a spectacular draft, they are likely to be worse next year. This was Rodgers’ shot, and he knows it. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he angles to get to a stronger team.

    Who DOESN’T do that these days?

  53. Rodgers 3tds 1 int and a 101 rating
    Brady 3tds 3 int’s and a 73 rating.

    If this doesn’t highlight just what a team game this is nothing does. But sure, it was all Rodgers and Brady.

    I’m so tired of watching our defense waste the prime of this guy’s career….and I think Rodgers finally is too. I’m sure he will be with us next season, but if not, I don’t blame him.

  54. After the stupid decision made by his coach yesterday, if I was him I would ask for a trade. Teams such as San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, among others would certainly be interested. Leave Green Bay in the hands of someone without a clue and move on. Let GB rebuild in the hands of Love.

  55. “Some in the media simply may not want to be bothered with spending time and effort working on a story that has a good chance of going nowhere”
    Maybe that was the case in 2011, but in 2021 it feels like few, if any, would approach things that way

  56. Like most Patriot fans, I know what is easily the dream scenario for a QB in 2021. Instantly a contender again.

  57. MortimerInMiami says:
    January 25, 2021 at 7:18 am
    Great in the regular season, postseason average at best.
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    Playoffs: 5,669 passing yards, 45 TDs/13 INTs/ 4 rushing TDs = average at best? Really?

  58. He tries to act like he’s weighing his words carefully before he speaks, but he always says something that gets people talking about him, and not in a good way. He’s passive aggressive and he deflects blame constantly. We all saw that he could have scored the TD himself on 3rd down. The decision to kick a FG instead of going for it on 4th down basically gave the ball back to Brady and ended the game. Lots of blame to go around, and not just to Lefleur.

  59. Did TB win this game or did Kevin King Lose it?

    King should have been released as the game clock hit 0:00.
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    Kevin King should have been released at halftime

  60. pastabelly says:

    January 25, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Don’t dismiss? While he may be extremely overrated and an historic playoff choker, they’re not going to do a rebuild right now with Jordan Love. Yes, he was upset at the end of the game. He can’t be happy about the field goal knowing that his coach put the game in Tom Brady’s hands and not his own. THAT hurt more than anything. If the Packers failed, Brady is starting from his 9 yard line too.
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    History says your wrong and theyd be willing to go with Jordan Love as it wouldnt be considered a rebuild anyway and right now mirrors their previous situation. When they moved on from Favre to Rodgers, Favres last game as a Packer was in the NFC championship game at lambeau which they lost which was also the last time green bay played at home in NFCC so you can say “nah it wont happen” but it’s more likely they move on(likely by humnforcing their hand) than it is he stays

  61. The most squandered QB in NFL history, hands down.

    Has thrown ONE career pass to a player drafted in the first round. In 16 seasons. Let that sink in.
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    Jennings
    Nelson
    Driver
    James Jones
    Finley
    Cobb
    Adams…. targets have rarely been a problem for this team, aside from the window where Jordy hurt his knee

  62. I guess that people need something to write about and something to interview about. And that is their job – Know this though – 28 other teams would have liked to be where we were before the game yesterday. What I think that AR may have done is to give Gute and the boys a little bit of something to think about – You better get some more defensive help in here – you better get something done behind Dillon on the running back situation and perhaps some better special teams and defensive coaching personnel – because we cant be this good and come up short.

  63. The media always waits until after the fact when they have 20-20 hindsight and then pretend to have all the answers. After that they spew speculation and attempt to put words into everyone’s mouth. They don’t realize that emotions are raw after a game and it’s best to give it time before coming to conclusions….

  64. After the stupid decision made by his coach yesterday, if I was him I would ask for a trade. Teams such as San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, among others would certainly be interested. Leave Green Bay in the hands of someone without a clue and move on. Let GB rebuild in the hands of Love.
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    Rodgers back with McCarthy?… he’d retire

  65. I’m not a Packers fan nor a “hater” of Rodgers, but I can’t be the only one who has found that the most annoying thing about football discussions is the oft-repeated notion that individual players “win” or “lose” games and titles in what is the ultimate team sports. Tom Brady didn’t “win” six Super Bowls, he was a member of a team that did, for example.

    The QB is the most important player on the field, sure, but he’s not even on the field for half of his team’s plays…

  66. Where would he go where he’d have a better shot than he does currently? Jordan Love sure isn’t ready to take over so it won’t be the Packers pushing him to leave.

  67. With the cap dropping next year a blockbuster trade like this is going to more difficult to pull off. Currently there are only 4 teams that can really absorb the Rodgers cap hit and still have money to build a team – Jags (drafting Trevor Lawrence), Colts (they could use a QB), Jets (will probably find a way to mess things up), and Pats.
    From there it gets into the compensation that GB would receive. Jets and Pats 1st rounders would be more lucrative than a Colts 1st rd pick. Since these are the most logical places from a cap stand point, Gruden will pull off a Herschel Walker like trade and he’ll end up in LV.

  68. If you are the GM and trade Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love is a bust, how long do you expect to keep your job?

  69. Aaron Rodgers totally out played Brady. Rodgers didn’t gift the Bucs 14 points. Rodgers was under duress the entire game while Brady had a clean pocket. Brady has much better weapons except for Adams.
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    Just on the stat sheet. Bottom line is Brady scored when he needed to and Rodgers didn’t. Can’t really blame the defense since they had 3 takeaways. Rodgers did not take advantage of those turnovers. On the other hand, Brady scored two TDs on the two Packer turnovers. So no, Rodgers did not outplay Brady. If he had, the Packers would have won.

  70. Between trade compensation and salary demands he’s gonna hamstring whatever team he goes to, and lol at Niner fans who think he’ll want to go to the team that snubbed him the worst

  71. pkrlvr says:
    January 25, 2021 at 10:02 am
    It’s sad that everyone is so quick to bust on Rodgers. He didn’t choke and he didn’t underachieve. He outplayed Brady, he had 350 yards and 3 TD’s. The man made one mistake, not running it in on that last drive.
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    1. He threw an INT that Tom Brady turned in to 7 points.

    2. After the last of the Brady interceptions, he was sacked on first down, then threw 2 consecutive incompletions in less than 1 minute on the play clock. Tom Brady let the Bucs to their final score after that 3 and out.

    3. On his last possession, he had first and goal and threw 3 straight incompletions with the chance to tie the game, ultimately settling for a FG.

    Brady took 2 turnovers by the Packers and turned them into 14 points.

    The margin of victory was only 5 points. Rodgers had 3 opportunities to lead his team to victory after turnovers, but only netted 6 points.

    Rodgers had the gaudier stats, but he didn’t turn the stats into points.

    SCOREBOARD!

  72. MortimerInMiami says:
    January 25, 2021 at 7:18 am
    Great in the regular season, postseason average at best.
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    Please highlight where Rodgers was “average at best” yesterday. The qb for the winning team had a 73 rating, but you’re not talking about him. That’s because his defense didn’t give up the game. Only a clueless fan would say this loss was on Aaron Rodgers. Adams dropped a TD and EQ dropped a gimme 2 pt. conversion. Those two plays cost the Packers 6 points. They lost by 5. You could look deeper at King’s play, Jones’ fumbles, and a complete lack of pressure….but that’s no fun is it?

  73. rodgers decision NOT to run and give up his body for the team is no different than Cam Newton NOT giving up his body to fall on a fumble for the team.

  74. I’m so tired of watching our defense waste the prime of this guy’s career….and I think Rodgers finally is too. I’m sure he will be with us next season, but if not, I don’t blame him.
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    I was proud of the D the second half.

    They made stops when they needed to, with their backs completely against the wall.

    Brady doesn’t turn the ball over, and they forced him to throw 2 of the ugliest picks of his career.

    28-23 to start the 4th Q.. thats a winnable game.

  75. neverdieeasy says:
    January 25, 2021 at 9:42 am
    They did not capitalize on the picks. The D gave him the ball several times with opportunities to win the game. He did not will his team to victory.
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    Isn’t this fact amazing? The Packer defense picked the GOAT on three straight possessions, and the Packer “real fans” are trying to say the team let him down! I was thinking this was a team loss, but when you think about it, the loss is firmly on Rodgers shoulders. How many chances does that guy need?! Once again, Rodgers simply failed to come up huge in a big game. That has been the norm for the last 11 years.

  76. This was by no means a perfectly played game on either side. Numerous drops by Godwin and Evans,3 bad picks by Brady, none of which the Packers really cashed in on… On the Packer’s side, the 3 biggest blunders of the game. How do you allow anyone to get behind the safeties on the last play of the half? You put most everyone back there, don’t you? You don’t allow a back-breaker right before halftime. We know what happened in the 4th quarter.. Rodgers can decide to ask for a trade, or whatever he wants to do…his personality will follow him, and unless he holds himself accountable for mistakes and bad decisions, nothing will change for him. In a few weeks time, the MVP will be the salve he’s looking for to feel better, IF he gets it over Brady.

  77. pkrlvr says:
    January 25, 2021 at 11:16 am
    MortimerInMiami says:
    January 25, 2021 at 7:18 am
    Great in the regular season, postseason average at best.
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    Please highlight where Rodgers was “average at best” yesterday.
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    Pass behind Adams, INT, passes overthrown, taking 5 sacks while holding onto the ball too long, three straight bad passes near the goal line, not scoring more after your defense gives you the ball on three straight INT’s against the GOAT, not running the ball while at the 8 yard line and field in front of you (threw a bad pass instead).

    I’m hearing a lot of excuses this morning for a first ballot HOF’er. What’s clear, and has been for quite a while, is that Rodgers doesn’t win the come from behind games against teams in the playoffs. 1-4 in the NFCCG. Champions don’t blame others, because they are Champions.

  78. pkrlvr says:
    January 25, 2021 at 10:02 am
    It’s sad that everyone is so quick to bust on Rodgers. He didn’t choke and he didn’t underachieve. He outplayed Brady, he had 350 yards and 3 TD’s. The man made one mistake, not running it in on that last drive.
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    You just said Rodgers one mistake (he made more actually) was that he didn’t run the ball in for a TD…..and they lost by 5 points. Read that again. Because, according to you, Rodgers absolutely cost them the game and the win and a trip to the SB. What’s amazing is that some of you are ignoring the fact that Rodgers simply didn’t get the job done. He simply did not.

  79. nydre4 says:
    January 25, 2021 at 8:19 am
    Super Bowl awaits. And Aaron doesn’t have the guys to try and run it in.

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    He had nothing but green grass and end zone to his right. Instead of forcing a pass to a covered Adams, he could have taken it to the house himself, gone for the 2 points, and sent the game to OT. If he had done that, this thread may have had a whole different narrative.

  80. Rodgers, Watson, Stafford, Wentz. Some pretty good QBs could be on the move this offseason. Wonder what that could do to the rookie QB class.

  81. Rodgers was awesome against the Bucs, really don’t understand why people hate on him so much. Green Bay’s defense was awful, especially on 3rd downs. Brady’s 3 interceptions were much more about bad throws than Green Bay playing well, which is why LeFleur’s decision take the game out of Rodgers’s hands and give it to Brady is maddening.

    pkrlvr says:
    January 25, 2021 at 10:02 am
    It’s sad that everyone is so quick to bust on Rodgers. He didn’t choke and he didn’t underachieve. He outplayed Brady, he had 350 yards and 3 TD’s. The man made one mistake, not running it in on that last drive. He couldn’t make Adams catch that td that hit him on the hands, he couldn’t make Jones not fumble, he couldn’t make King cover Scotty Miller (or anyone), he couldn’t make the refs throw the pi flag on that int and he sure as hell couldn’t block JPP and Shaq. The Packers got outplayed yesterday for sure, but that was not the fault of Rodgers. I think his feelings after the game are a reflection of the disappointment he felt and feels about the fact that Green Bay made no effort to upgrade the team around him this year.

  82. Let’s see two great quarterbacks ,one has talent around him to win the other spent picks to replace him. Rogers only needed half a second on plays to win that game. Had Green Bay taken a lineman with that first round pick or a receiver maybe they win. You don’t run a football organization to win with an unproven Quarterback in three years when you have a proven one in house. You give the proven one tools to win. Green Bay is terrible in free agency and terrible in the draft when it comes to winning now. They constantly over think what’s right in front of them. I’m a Dolphins fan and we drafted 2 offensive linemen in the second round that started most of the games this year. Guess what, they rated high in pass blocking Green Bay could have traded down and still got one or both of them. Of course Miami is terrible at drafting, we needed run blockers with Tua, he’s going to be a play action dink and dunker.

  83. Rodgers will be back in Green Bay in 2021. Emotions run high after a game.

    What really needs to be addressed is a defense with three good players and 8 that are mediocre.

  84. Ask Bill Belichick what happened when he let his HOF QB get away. He missed the playoffs. Even though the QB he signed, Cam Newton, was a former #1 overall pick. A former NFL MVP. And a former super bowl QB.

  85. nuttin2fancy says:
    January 25, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    Rodgers was awesome against the Bucs, really don’t understand why people hate on him so much. Green Bay’s defense was awful, especially on 3rd downs. Brady’s 3 interceptions were much more about bad throws than Green Bay playing well
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    Got it. Rodgers needed that lousy defense to pick off the GOAT 5-6 times instead of just three times. That way, Rodgers would have had, what, 6-7 chances to win the game, instead of the 3-4 chances he did have? I will ask you this though; why do you suppose Brady had those bad passes? Don’t bother to review the film, I’ll just tell you. The Packers pass rush was very good and forced Brady to throw the ball early. And then, the Packers defense were in position to intercept all 3 balls. Oh, but but but….Rodgers didn’t get any help yesterday from his team!!!

  86. rtp295 says:
    January 25, 2021 at 9:37 am
    I know a lot of haters will say that Rodgers is being overdramatic. But real fans of the team know that he has every right to be upset.

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    I am not a “hater” but yes, I think he is a diva and I do not like his personality. I also think he is the best QB in the game today, and I also think yesterday he got let down by his team. Don’t have to be a fan to see that. I’d actively root for him to go somewhere else.

  87. Yeah but what happens if the two teams agree to a trade and make it official and then Jordan Love is hurt and lost for the year during OTA’s??

  88. I would let Rodgers decide who the Packers should draft in 2021 that he knows what the team needs to get to the Super Bowl!! Their defense has sucked for years ecspecially against the pass as all the good teams cruise right down the field on our defense. it would be interesting to see what Rodgers think they need. We want him in Green Bay as he is the best of the best. Live out the contract you signed and get a defense!! There was no way TB should have scored before halftime. They should have zone covered with 9 guys back as there is no way that would have happened. Costly!! And Arod could have easily ran the ball into the right corner of the end zone on that 3rd down play! And why did they go for a 2 point conversion earlier in the game was costly too. And lastly it was a horrible refereed game!!! C’mon, no penalties in the first half??? So much holding not called!! They seriously need to start reviewing more than what they do on controversity plays.

  89. After they took Love before the season, I felt as though Las Vegas would make sense for him as a future destination. Gruden loves his veteran QB’s and they would pay the price to get a future HOF QB to play in front of their fans in their new stadium, whenever that is.

  90. The Bears should trade for him. He’ll have the fever to burn his old team twice a year. We have the defense to make it it to the big dance, we just need a QB

  91. roughingthepasser says:
    January 25, 2021 at 11:00 am

    If you are the GM and trade Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love is a bust, how long do you expect to keep your job?

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    If you are the GM and Rodgers has thrown exactly one pass to a first-round receiver in his entire career, then you’re way overdue to be out of a job.

  92. The Patriots somehow managed to let Tom Brady get away. If that can happen, anything can happen.

  93. Has thrown ONE career pass to a player drafted in the first round. In 16 seasons.

    All that shows is that Ted Thompson was a great talent evaluator and was very successful at moving back in the draft and still getting the players he wanted. There are countless other examples (Bakhtiari and Linsley come to mind first).

  94. Honestly, he should want to go to Chicago. A few weapons, an actual defense that can take over a game, etc.

  95. He’s pouting. He’s always been full of himself. His feelings are hurt because he hasn’t gotten his way entirely with GB and now isn’t going to the Superbowl either. It’s also really hurt his ego that GB drafted Jordon Love.

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