Unnamed agent says Packers are delaying free agent moves due to Aaron Rodgers’ contract

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Recently, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com took a comprehensive look at the issues surrounding the relationship between the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While much of the article consists of opinions from an anonymous agent, scout, and executive, there’s an important piece of anonymously-supplied news.

The agent suggested that the Packers are refraining from making free-agent moves until something is done with Rodgers’ contract.

“They’ve called me about one of my players and said, ‘Hey, this is where we are now, and until we get something big done — hint, hint — we don’t have any space,'” the unnamed agent told Demovsky.

The Packers could easily create significant cap space by converting a large chunk of Rodgers’ $14.7 million base salary to a signing bonus. PFT has obtained the relevant contractual language; the Packers have the absolute right to make such conversions with or without the player’s blessing.

The problem for the Packers comes from the reality that creating cap space now will push cap dollars into 2022, making it harder to trade him before June 1 of next year. That’s why Rodgers should actually want a full and complete restructuring. It would as a practical matter tie player and team together for two more years. Currently, the Packers are able to proceed on a year-to-year basis.

The decision to be made at the top of the organization is simple. Do the Packers want to preserve the ability to move Rodgers and elevate Jordan Love in 2022, or are they willing to proceed with Rodgers for 2021 and 2022 — regardless of whether he slips at all in 2021?

CEO Mark Murphy seems to realize the value of keeping Rodgers in a sweet spot of pissed off, mad enough to be highly motivated to perform at a high level but not so mad that he wants out. Murphy therefore seems to be willing to proceed with a contract that keeps Rodgers on a year-to-year arrangement.

There’s a clear risk inherent to that approach. If Rodgers has another MVP-quality year, he could make his push for a new team in early 2022. If that allows the Packers to sell the remainder of Rodgers’ contract for a significant haul of draft picks before the inevitable slide arrives and then shift to Love, that could be exactly what Murphy is hoping to achieve.

Regardless, the choices for the Packers are simple: current contract and a year-to-year relationship or new contract that makes it clear that Rodgers will play and Love will sit through 2022, if not longer. Rodgers surely prefers the latter. This could be the last year that he tolerates the former.

70 responses to “Unnamed agent says Packers are delaying free agent moves due to Aaron Rodgers’ contract

  1. Coming off the MVP and they want to move on… Good luck with that Packers fans.

  2. There are no issues or concerns here. What do you bet they pick a receiver in round one? Much ado about nothing, again.

    Next.

  3. So the Packers have given up on improving the team because they made the mistake of drafting a QB they didn’t need . Makes sense , lol .

  4. Great… another year of Aaron Rodgers calling audibles at the goal line out of running plays to he can boost his TD stats as a contract negotiation

  5. The Packers are not as good as their record.
    I would have traded Rodgers for a boatload of picks to rebuild.
    How good does Jordan Love look?

  6. I have said it multiple times. Last year was an anomaly. Defence was injured or did but play whole season. Half of QBs had passer ratings above 95. Three QBs has more than 40 touchdowns. packers and QB will regress to 10-11 wins and bow out early. Packers play NFC west and AFC north. Other than Lions and Bengals, there are no Easy games . Packers are well served by keeping Love option open

  7. Howie Roseman applauds and approves of the Packers for taking Love and causing all those problems in the organization.

  8. The Front Office has to be dropping these rumors to the sports media to act like it’s Rodgers’ fault they can’t sign free agents and not them wasting money on players like King and Landcaster. The market sets the price for Top quality QBs so even it it wasn’t Rodgers, they would still need to spend that much for someone to get what Rodgers gets out of this team. Don’t blame the QB, blame Gutekunst for putting us in this mess. It will be a long time before the Packers are a legit threat for a Championship as long as Gutekunst is there.

  9. The Packers will get very little in trade for Rodgers if they move money to 2022 without dummy years. Her already has a cap number of 40MM$ which means to franchise him after 2022 would require a 48 MM$ franchise amount. A team trading for him could have him for 2022 and franchise him for 2023 at a 44MM$ cost to work out a long term contract. If they move 10MM$ to 2022, the franchise tag value for 2023 would be 56MM$. Noone could afford that value so this means after 2022 he would be a free agent and the team trading for him only gets him for one year. They effectively can’t move money to 2022 without his agreement.

  10. The Packers aren’t trading Rodgers in 2021 unless someone desperate for a QB, ready to win now, and has a lot of cap space and capital to trade for Rodgers still. The only teams I could see with this type of situation are Washington (who would then have to trade Fitzpatrick and maybe Montez Sweat and a 1st rd pick either in 21 or a 2nd in 21 and 1st in ’22. Also, NE could package pick #15, Cam, and a 3rd in ’21 & 1st in ’22. I can’t see anything legitimately happening this year though. Expect GB to go OT, WR, or TE in 1st td

  11. Rodgers is not a Lamar Jackson clone. As long as his arms are in good shape there is no reason why he cannot be productive well into his 40s, IOW just like Tom Brady. If they are going to get rid of Rodgers, they better have better quarterbacks than the ones they had when Rodgers was out due to injuries a few years back.

  12. roughingthepasser says:
    April 11, 2021 at 1:48 pm
    The Packers are not as good as their record.
    I would have traded Rodgers for a boatload of picks to rebuild.
    How good does Jordan Love look?
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    How good does Jordan Love look? Not even good enough to be suited up for games as a backup.

  13. Considering the lack of any impact free agents available the point is moot in my opinion.

  14. If not for the Deshaun Watson debacle, Rodgers would be the center of attention in the NFL world right now.
    He’s probably really upset with Watson right now.

  15. Never seen a team that’s so eager to get a really good player out of the building lol.

  16. So you’re saying that Rodgers’ contract is putting the Packers roster building in Jeopardy?

  17. The Packers would be idiots for not drafting Aaron’s backup and future replacement while Rodgers is in his prime. How else can they plan for the future and not have the new guy sit under a HOF QB and learn from one of the best? Of course, A-Rod needs a better supporting group around him, but so do the other 30 teams that don’t make the SB.

  18. There are several teams that would be a legit super bowl contender if they acquired Aaron Rodgers. That’s why this is interesting. Tom Brady made it look a lot easier than it actually is. Tampa Bay hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years, and it would have been 19 if Brady didn’t go there. Even if Aaron couldn’t do what Tom did, there are a lot of coaches and GM’s who would be willing to give it a shot. I mean, what do they have to lose besides their jobs?

  19. Great… another year of Aaron Rodgers calling audibles at the goal line out of running plays to he can boost his TD stats as a contract negotiation
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    That make you feel better about the third place finish?

  20. Tried to warn…Rodgers will never finish in GB. He could be dealt after the draft.

  21. Lol, even the Packers front office isn’t crazy enough to trade Rodgers for Cam and picks. Jordan Love maybe, but not Rodgers lol.

  22. All this talk about replacing Aaron Rodgers with Jordan Love reminds me that……..you don’t want to be the one to replace a legend, you want to be the one who replaces the one who replaced a legend.

  23. Any Packer fan that wants them to move on from Rodgers, all you need to do is look at the Patriots to see how you will look without him. Im gonna go out on a limb and predict Jordan Love won’t even be half as good as Rodgers. Be careful what you wish for. You might even be worse than the Patriots were without Brady.

  24. Unnamed agent?

    If the person won’t name himself, then there’s questionable credibility to his story.

  25. “20 years plus of Farve and Rodgers and 2 Super Bowls to show for it“

    The Packers defense hasn’t been scary since they had Reggie White.

  26. Has any team squandered HOF QB talent like the Packers have? I used to think the Manning Colts were the all-time what-not-to-do example, but the Rodgers-era Packers have surpassed them.

    Never draft a 1st-round receiver, but move up to draft a QB nobody wanted and sit him on the bench while Rodgers has an MVP season.

    How an entire front office is not fired after that is beyond me.

  27. Joe Montana didn’t finish his career in San Francisco, Peyton Manning didn’t finish in Indianapolis, Brett Favre didn’t finish in Green Bay, and Brady didn’t finish in New England. And the sun came up the next morning each time.

  28. I have said it multiple times. Last year was an anomaly. Defence was injured or did but play whole season. Half of QBs had passer ratings above 95. Three QBs has more than 40 touchdowns. packers and QB will regress to 10-11 wins and bow out early. Packers play NFC west and AFC north. Other than Lions and Bengals, there are no Easy games . Packers are well served by keeping Love option open
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    Funny, that’s what everyone said last year too….

  29. Gutekunst and Lafleur seem hell-bent on moving on from Rodgers to their pet project Jordan Love next season. Bold strategy considering Rodgers makes both of them look smart and successful. Even Belichick looks lost without Brady right now.

    Love better be amazing in 2022 for their sake. The possibility that Gutekunst is a total moron is growing by the day. Who shoves a hall of fame MVP QB out the door?

  30. Didnt they just spin a ton of money on the Smiths and Amos a couple years ago. Now you want more? Greedy. I’ve never seen a team that practically lives in the NFC Divisional round for the last 20 years complain so much about what they dont have.

  31. msalw says:
    April 11, 2021 at 2:18 pm
    Never seen a team that’s so eager to get a really good player out of the building lol.
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    Aaron Hernandez

  32. chickensalad43 says: “The possibility that Gutekunst is a total moron is growing by the day. Who shoves a hall of fame MVP QB out the door?”
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    Thompson, Ted – August 2008. Seem to remember it worked out pretty well for him even though Favre took the Vikings to the NFCC.

  33. If they release Rodgers after this season, he’s going to the Patriots to win 3 superbowls.

  34. I think Rodgers is an arrogant boob. But he is a great QB (even if he cannot seem to win the big ones).

    All in all, though, I can’t for the life of me believe that the Packers would be better off with Jordan Love at QB.

  35. Why all the drama surrounding Aaron Charles Rodgers? 1 Super Bowl win in 16 years….mehhh.

  36. You Packers fans are like the guy who catches his girl kissing someone else. Making excuses and blind to the fact Rodgers really doesn’t want to be in Green Bay unless he is the Alpha male. Then you all wonder why everyone questioned the Love pick. Rodgers, like an alpha male is trying to assert his dominance. You can all say “much to do about nothing” but the fact of the matter is Rodgers feels slighted because of the Love pick and wants a guarantee he’s the man. Enjoy the last year of Rodgers in Green and Gold.

  37. Packers will end up like the Bears at QB for years if they aren’t careful.

  38. Tell this unnamed agent to own it or don’t print it. If the guy isn’t willing to put his name on it, then I don’t want to hear about it.
    This is really ridiculous because all the Packers have to do if they want more cap space is call Rodgers in and discuss it. They have not done that — for whatever the reason — so it’s all on them.
    The ball is in the Packers’ court no matter what happens. Maybe they think Jordan Love will be ready to take over after this year. If that’s the case, then it makes sense for them not to do anything.
    In any case, no matter what the Packers do they will be criticized, so if I were them, I wouldn’t care what anyone thinks — including Rodgers. He’s paid a whole lot of money to play QB and the Packers have surrounded him with a very good team. His job is to show up and play the best that he can, as he has done. I don’t think anything will change about that, no matter what happens. He has too much pride not to.
    The only year which matters is 2021, and anything after that will take care of itself.

  39. If I was running the Packers I would trade Love to one of these teams needing a QB and get some draft picks. Rogers is good to go for a few more years.

  40. first the concept that a team will have a lot more cap space if they restructure the largest contract they have shouldn’t need an anonymous source to tell us. It’s more of a “duh” kind of thing. Secondly something about Rogers rubs many people the wrong way, but there is no denying his talent. However father time is undefeated and Rogers will slip at some point as will Brady and anyone else you want to point to. So the Packers are prudent to move along carefully, not getting committed to Rogers in a long term way that forces them to keep him past when his talent no longer warrants that money. Ask a Vikings fan. I am not passing judgement on Cousins but rather saying that he is almost un-tradeable and un-cuttable with his current contract. If his skills diminish abruptly they are in a terrible spot. The Packers are being smart.

  41. rodgersgobucyourself says:
    April 11, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Rodgers really doesn’t want to be in Green Bay unless he is the Alpha male. Rodgers, like an alpha male is trying to assert his dominance. You can all say “much to do about nothing” but the fact of the matter is Rodgers feels slighted because of the Love pick and wants a guarantee he’s the man.

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    If Rodgers is really the “alpha male” that you claim he is, then his feelings wouldn’t be so easily hurt, and he wouldn’t be needing anyone to guarantee him anything. That’s not how alpha males roll.

  42. Just trade him to New England. He doesn’t have to agree to any contract changes.

  43. Nothing is wrong. It’s all part of the process. Rodgers gets it. You’ll see. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success is still Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.

  44. Eli Manning has retired with 2 SB rings to his name while Rodgers is still . . . oh, never mind.

  45. The million dollar question is……how good is Jordan Love? We all know Aaron Rodgers is a HOF qb and the main reason this team has been a winner for the last decade. He’s also been injured alot and isn’t necessarily going to handle age like a much less banged up Brady. If he went to another team and won that would be brutal for Packer fans, but life went on after Favre too.

    On the flip side, they could easily get a 1st & 2nd rd pick for him, pair that with an already solid roster w/ a young stud qb on a rookie deal and extra 35 million to work with. It’s at least a decent plan b. Striking gold on 3 qb’s in a row would be unprecedented, but it’s not completely impossible.

  46. A couple of the comments in this thread remind me of Leslie Nielson shooing away the crowd “Nothing to see here! Move along!” while a fireworks factory explodes.

    This should be fascinating to watch. The packers brass no doubt realizes that rodgers is a shadow of himself in NFC championship games (just check the stats for his last 4 of them) and rodgers is no doubt angry that his timid front office has never gone all in to win a championship.

    Ever told a friend in a bad relationship that they’re “too good for him/her”? This is a rare situation where it’s true for both sides.

  47. mackcarrington says:
    April 11, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    rodgersgobucyourself says:
    April 11, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Rodgers really doesn’t want to be in Green Bay unless he is the Alpha male. Rodgers, like an alpha male is trying to assert his dominance. You can all say “much to do about nothing” but the fact of the matter is Rodgers feels slighted because of the Love pick and wants a guarantee he’s the man.

    ———–=================———-

    If Rodgers is really the “alpha male” that you claim he is, then his feelings wouldn’t be so easily hurt, and he wouldn’t be needing anyone to guarantee him anything. That’s not how alpha males roll.

    ****
    Alpha male or not Packer fans still rationalizing and turning a blind eye to the inevitable departure from Green Bay. If you think the Packers will be competitive without Rodgers you had better hope Love is ready. Or have you forgotten about the wrench thrown in the timeline?

  48. campcouch says:
    April 11, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Pretty sure at least 21 teams would bench their current starter for Rodgers.

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    How many of those 21 can fit his contract in their salary cap?

  49. Perhaps the Packers are not happy with the 1-4 record in NFCCG’s. Yes, Rodgers is one of the best regular season QB’s to ever play the game. But, it seems to me the team isn’t so sure another SB is coming in Rodgers career.

  50. Joe Montana didn’t finish his career in San Francisco, Peyton Manning didn’t finish in Indianapolis, Brett Favre didn’t finish in Green Bay, and Brady didn’t finish in New England. And the sun came up the next morning each time.

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    Meh. Montana’s backup was Steve Young; Favre’s backup was Rodgers; Manning was replaced by Luck. The Sun came up for the colts, 49ers and packers. Not for the Patriots post-Brady. And unless Love is the next Young or Rodgers, Packers are out of Luck.

  51. stellarperformance says:
    April 11, 2021 at 10:03 pm
    Nothing is wrong. It’s all part of the process.
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    Trade up, draft a QB. Don’t improve your WR core. Give huge contract to RB. Don’t rework AR’s contract. Don’t have any money left for free agents. That’s a heck of a “process”.

  52. Packer brass is almost as good at passing the buck as Rodgers is passing the football. If he’s that terrible, just trade him to the Bears for say, oh maybe a 7th round pick and get Love – your vanity pick – in the game. Bears fans would go out of their minds seeing #12 in a Bears uniform – he’d be welcome there for another decade. And then we’d see just how smart the Packer front office is.

  53. Perhaps the Packers are not happy with the 1-4 record in NFCCG’s.
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    35 points allowed per game in the losses.

    14 points allowed in the win.

    Coincidence? I think not.

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