Brian Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers our guy, working through contract

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Aaron Rodgers said this month that he doesn’t know that his future as a player is in his hands and “we’ll just kind of see as we go” when it comes to staying with the Packers.

The head decision maker for the Packers on the personnel side of the shop addressed the topic at a Monday press conference. General Manager Brian Gutekunst didn’t put a number on how long he thinks Rodgers will be leading the team’s offense and that last year’s arrival of Jordan Love hasn’t changed anything for Green Bay right now.

“Aaron’s our guy. He’s going to be our quarterback for the foreseeable future,” Gutekunst said.

The Packers paid Rodgers a $6.8 million roster bonus earlier this offseason rather than making it a signing bonus that would spread the cap hit out through the 2023 season. They could also convert most of his salary to such a bonus and add voidable years beyond the end of the deal to lessen the immediate cap hit.

Such moves would also serve to strengthen the team’s tie to Rodgers, but Gutekunst said only that the team is “working through” things on the contract front.

26 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers our guy, working through contract

  1. wait a minute…you mean we may not have controversy??? that just can’t be.

  2. I assume the team can not add voidable years to an existing contract. Why would Rodgers sign a new contract with voidable years without new money? This would make it easier for the team to trade him since the last year would be reduced resulting in a lower cost for a franchise tag. Currently if the team wants cap relief they have to raise the last year salary which raises the franchise tag amount based on the 20% raise requirement. This reduces the draft compensation available. If he holds firm, the team can’t get cap relief without offering him a contract he approves.

  3. AND they didn’t take a receiver in the first round since I can’t even remember? Oh my, how will they EVER keep up with the rest of the division?

  4. It’s quite simple the GM can say whatever he wants. He doesn’t have to say he we plan to trade him or we plan to keep him. Quite frankly they are in a good position. The more pressure on AR the better he seems to play, well until it’s the playoffs.

    With that said let him play this year, let Love take every PS snap and see how he does. If he looks good in a pro offense you roll the dice and trade AR in the offseason to Tampa:)

  5. Alright, y’all better trot Jordan Love out onto the field against the Lions defense 2x next year so he can toss a few TD’s and exhibit accuracy and a high completion % in limited action so that his trade value remains high.

  6. Unless there is a $12 to $15 million dollar a year raise there is little incentive for Rodgers to do anything. So what if he gets cut, another team (Raiders) would offer him $35 million a year for a couple of years.

  7. They could have used a tackle last year, instead of a backup QB that might never take a snap.

  8. Everyone has a shelf life. Even Rodgers…so did Favre. Better off trading and getting a huge return. Love should be ready to go.

  9. There should have been last year and still should be zero question Rodgers is the Pack starter for the next couple years. They should have built a team around him by drafting more offensive weapons — maybe this year Gutey will stop trying to emulate TT.

  10. Short memories here. HOF’r Steve Young was Joe Montana’s backup for 4 years. People were aghast when the Niners let Montana walk and put Young in the driver’s seat. History showed that was an excellent decision.

    I don’t know if Jordon Love is the next Steve Young. But it seems premature to call him a bust. Right now he’s running the practice squad and sitting in QB meetings with first ballot HOF’r. That’s not a bad way to training him to be the team’s next leader.

  11. Short memories here. HOF’r Steve Young was Joe Montana’s backup for 4 years. People were aghast when the Niners let Montana walk and put Young in the driver’s seat. History showed that was an excellent decision.

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    Montana-Young and Favre-Rodgers are literally the only two times in NFL history that this has worked. And the 49ers are still looking for Young’s replacement.

  12. Maybe Aaron is starting to understand how Favre felt at the end of his Packer days.

  13. I find it kind of adorable when Vikings fans propose solutions to all our QB problems.

  14. iamnotasubscriber says:
    April 26, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Short memories here. HOF’r Steve Young was Joe Montana’s backup for 4 years. People were aghast when the Niners let Montana walk and put Young in the driver’s seat. History showed that was an excellent decision.

    I don’t know if Jordon Love is the next Steve Young. But it seems premature to call him a bust. Right now he’s running the practice squad and sitting in QB meetings with first ballot HOF’r. That’s not a bad way to training him to be the team’s next leader.

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    Little correction. He WILL be running the scout team this year. Last year he was QB3 and Tim Boyle ran the scout team.

  15. Peter King says Rodgers has never forgotten where he came from. Hey Peter, Rodgers has forgotten his parents, all they stand for, and he doesn’t care.

  16. Maybe Aaron is starting to understand how Favre felt at the end of his Packer days.
    which pretty much guarantees he’ll NEVER be a Viking.

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