Packers seem intent on preserving year-to-year option with Aaron Rodgers

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The Packers say Aaron Rodgers will be the team’s quarterback for the “foreseeable future.” While not nearly as entertaining as Kyle Shanahan’s “I can’t guarantee anyone will be alive on Sunday” line, the choice of words represents the team’s latest effort to maintain its year-to-year arrangement with Rodgers, without calling it that.

Whatever the words, that’s what it is — unless and until Rodgers has a restructuring or an extension that makes it much more difficult to trade him before June 1, 2022, the Packers have the ability to move on from Rodgers (and on to Jordan Love) after 2021, and then after 2022, and at the absolute latest after 2023. Rodgers surely isn’t a fan of that approach, but he’s opting to measure his words carefully. He saw how quickly the Cheeseheads curdled on Brett Favre after the team nudged him to retire and he strong-armed his way back into the league. Rodgers seems to be determined to not end up being vilified, like Favre was.

The Packers, in turn, seem to be determined to keep Rodgers in a sweet spot of pissed off, angry enough to perform at an MVP level but not so angry that he makes a power play toward the exits. After the 2021 season, it may be impossible to get him to continue to accept a one-year-at-a-time approach, especially if he continues to play at a high level, if the market at quarterback continues to grow, and if Rodgers continues to be in the Jared Goff/Carson Wentz compensation range.

Clearly, Rodgers played more than well enough in 2020 to make Love a moot point, for now. After 2021, the Packers will revisit the situation. And so on, until they finally make the decision that will justify their decision to ignore more pressing needs and to draft a future quarterback a year ago.

However the coming season plays out, characterizing Rodgers as the quarterback for the “foreseeable future” seems like nothing more than an effort to help the Packers continue to foresee a future of flexibility when it comes to the question of which quarterback will be the starter in 2022. Until Rodgers’ contract significantly changes, the Packers will continue to have that flexibility.

40 responses to “Packers seem intent on preserving year-to-year option with Aaron Rodgers

  1. The packers and their fans don’t deserve this guy. Take your turn with Ryan Fitzpatrick as your quarterback and maybe you’ll start appreciating him. This fan base has no idea what a non-future HOF quarterback is like.

  2. At this point I wonder if it may still be possible to Rodgers to pull a Brady and go year-to-year on his own terms. This would make him very marketable in 3 years, I think. If he could agree to some cap maneuvering or a reduced salary in exchange for a no trade/no tag clause, perhaps? My point is that maybe Rodgers does indeed want out, if he can get out in a manner where he is still marketable to a good team needing a qb to put them over the top. Why not? He may not have job security with Green Bay anyway.

  3. Just like when the Packers officially switched from Favre to Rodgers, it doesn’t matter how well the old QB plays, its how far along the young QB is. When the Packers feel Jordan Love is at a certain level, then Rodgers is gone MVP or no MVP. Keep an eye on the preseason…

  4. Clearly the Packers don’t care about Rodger’s feelings. They want to make sure they have options going forward no matter how Aaron feels. There’s nothing wrong with that…unless you’re Aaron Rodgers.

  5. With that year over year porous defense even Rodgers and playing in the weakest division in the NFL won’t matter. Nothing but playoff runs ending in January.

  6. Rogers should try a bit harder to get a 2 year contract with some guarantees for both years. At any age injury in the NFL always needs to be considered, regardless of how well one does on Jeopardy.

  7. Same thing was said when Rodgers was drafted…. the result is a franchise with only two starting quarterbacks in the last 29 years! I think that’s a good thing and if we’re lucky we won’t have to take a quarterback high in the draft for another 15 years.

  8. If love was in this year’s draft he would not crack the top 8 qbs
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    Like Christian Ponder did?

  9. For starters, the Packers did not “nudge” Favre to retire. He did that on his own, several times. Second, Rodgers rode the pine for three years while Favre went through his on-again-off-again “retirement” dance. Jordan Love has two years to go to match Rodgers’ history.

    This is a tempest in a teacup, a media-made controversy.

    Really, don’t you guys have anything better to do with your time?

  10. Flexibility at the most important position in football.

    Just one more reason that the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers are the most successful franchise in NFL history.

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 26, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    If love was in this year’s draft he would not crack the top 8 qbs
    ********
    It’s tough to gauge where any player would truly rank from one draft to another.
    But, in a recent article, a pair of unnamed NFC and AFC scouts had Jordan Love ranked 3rd overall in this draft’s crop of QBs.
    In a related article, Marc Ross, a longtime former NFL executive and current on-air NFL Network talent, actually put his name to it declaring he had Love ranked 3rd also.

    “You have the top two (Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson),” Ross told Mark Eckel of Packer Report. “I would put Love right behind those two.”
    Given the current need for QBs, Ross also stated that Jordan Love had a chance to be a top 5 pick in this draft, definitely in the top 10.
    (Google it.)

    Again, I’m sure your football acumen is unparalleled in your household, but I think I’ll take the opinion of a few guys that have actually done this for a living.

  12. It’s the right thing for the team. Might not make Aaron happy but last time I checked he’s a player. Not a coach or an owner. If he doesn’t like it he can hold out and get traded.

  13. Looks like the Internet is back up over at the Cuckoo’s Nest.

    Gutekunst will do right by the GBP. Aaron will be the starter as long as he keeps performing. Nothing to see here folks. Move along…..

  14. The Niners should offer the #3 for Rodgers. He may be older, but has a few years left and would instantly make the Niners a Super Bowl contender. The Packers could then move forward with Love or pick another QB.

  15. I wonder what he is saying about it while confiding in his family… brother, mom, dad. Maybe they’d tell him to get paid more than Jared Goff or find a new team. But, I guess he’ll not know. Brilliant player, but really seems like an over-sensitive dick. He’d never transition to purple as well as Favre!

  16. This is like version 2 of the so-called “Russell Wilson to be traded” story. Rodgers isn’t going anywhere. Period.

  17. This is what happens when a team has no owner … instead of ramping up in an attempt to win a Super Bowl with a first ballet hall of fame quarterback in his prime … we dilly dally with goofy draft picks, just happy to win our division and then play the role of bridesmaid in the playoffs. All the front office guys keep their jobs, and all seems right in their world.

    This is beginning to feel like Rodgers will be returning to the Super Bowl all right – as quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Some how, some way – you just know it’s gonna happen …

  18. The Top 10 Things That Might “Upset” Aaron Rodgers

    1) The Packers not extending his contract
    2) Official blowing the play dead when he gets the D to jump offsides
    3) Someone saying he looks taller on TV
    4) WR running the wrong route
    5) State Farm replacing him with Jordan Love before the Packers do
    6) Unannounced visit from his family
    7) Matt LaFleur’s play calling on 4th and goal in big playoff moments
    8) Finding out Mike McCarthy had a higher Wonderlic than him
    9) GB drafting 6’6 C Landon Dickerson to replace 6’3 Corey Linsley to throw off Rodgers butt-height
    10) Jeopardy! naming Rodgers permanent host after being told they preferred Tom Brady

  19. The reigning MVP QB and a 2021 Top 5 QB already waiting behind him, two NFCCG appearances in a row, and Viking Fan thinks the Packers have a problem. Meanwhile, Viking Fan would trade Cousins today if he could. Got it.

  20. Every QB contract is essentially a 2 year deal, and rodgers has been under a string of 2 year deals his entire career in green bay. It’s a way for the team to protect itself and for the qb to ensure he gets a fair market value.

    The alternative is a longer contract with tons of guaranteed money, a la kirk cousins or Jared goff or dak Prescott or matt Ryan. Those are not smart teams making smart decisions.

    I know you’re saying, what about PMH? Hes a young, generational talent. But his bill will come due at some point. KC will find a way to continually rework his deal.

    Rodgers contract is a non-issue, but MF gets clicks every time he offers some spin on it. I hope you have some ideas to replace Rodgers articles in your business model, mike. It’s going to leave quite the hole in your website when he does retire.

    In my best Florio snarky tone: this essentially means Rodgers is under team control for the next 5 years with the use of the franchise tag. Rodgers will be the qb of the green bay packers…….UNTIL HES NOT.

  21. “The packers and their fans don’t deserve this guy. Take your turn with Ryan Fitzpatrick as your quarterback and maybe you’ll start appreciating him. This fan base has no idea what a non-future HOF quarterback is like.”

    Of course we know what a lousy QB looks like… we play the Bears, Lions and Queens twice a year

  22. What part of “Rodgers is our QB for the foreseeable future” and “we will get something done with his contract soon” sounds like a very reasonable comment. But yet, here we are, parsing words and dismissing what “foreseeable” actually means.

  23. Love is nowhere near ready to go. It will take at least one year, possibly two, before you could see him ready to start. Rodgers can play a couple more years, so the math is pretty easy.

    How about a two year guaranteed contract then make the transition?

  24. IMO this is the Rodgers last year with the Pack and I think he knows it and welcomes it. A chance to play for a contender aka Tom Bradyesk move. The Pack cannot keep paying him top money, too many talented other players to feed and nothing left in the feed bag once Rog gets his.
    That has to end. Love has to the next man up next year and the Pack get a ton of picks to rebuild.

  25. “The question is, why didn’t you restructure Rodger’s contract? Would have given more cap relief and would have secured one of the best QBs’ in the NFL of staying. Unless you don’t want him to.”

    Sounds like they are ready to move on from Rodgers but he threw them off last year by playing so well.
    Can’t sell moving on to the fans.

  26. Favre announced his retirement so the Packers went to Rodgers,when he unretired he wanted his starting job back and the Packers told him to compete for it with AR so he asked for a trade and got it.in this case the Packers dont have a quality qb like that as backup to go to but know age is rapidly catching up to AR and his contract is keeping them from aquiring free agents to better the team and he wont budge on renegotiating to help the team.they can get alot for AR in a trade so just waiting for Love to fully develop into the qb they thought he can be.

  27. The only way Rodgers restructures to give Green Bay some cap reliefs is if there is at least a $12 probably more like $15 million a year raise with at least $50 to $60 million fully guaranteed at signing. He has zero obligation to Green Bay as does Green Bay to him. They will try to trade to him next year and hope a QB who only played against almost no NFL talent, maybe 1%, in the Mountain West but has a strong arm can play in the NFL so a coach can prove he can coach and it is not the QB running the team (cough, cough big Mike).

  28. For all we know, Rodgers and Packers brass have already agreed 2021 or 2022 will be his last year, it’s just posturing for fans on both sides. Rodgers may want to end his career with 1 team, something manning and brady and favre were unable to do. He may also want to be a 49er. Speculation on the motives of either party is tarot card reading at best.

    What we do know is Rodgers is potentially under contract with green bay through 2025, when he is 42. We also know Love is under contract till 2024, with the possibility of a tag if not used on Rodgers. Why the media is pushing this into some sort of emergency decision now is puzzling.

  29. If I was A-Aron, I’d want out if the Packers want it to be year to year. And if the 49ers hadn’t forked out a king’s ransom for the 3rd pick, that would have been the logical landing place for him.

  30. Trey Lance played in the MVC at North Dakota State. Less than 20 starts. He’s in the running for #3 overall. Who knows if Jordan Love is the answer. Bottom line, your best chance of winning long term is to have a QB on the cheap. You can’t pay everyone. I definitely believe this is ARod’s last year in GB. If he’s successful, better the return on trade. If he isn’t, still will bring a fair amount in return. Last thing…amazing how many people think the Pack can trade him this year. Yeah, 37M cap hit…that would be easy to fit

  31. For as “vilified” as Rodgers is, he could have easily been in 3 super bowls if the Packers even put a small bit of talent around him. No wonder the Hail Mary is his most famous play

  32. billh1947 says:
    April 27, 2021 at 9:35 am
    Favre announced his retirement so the Packers went to Rodgers,when he unretired he wanted his starting job back and the Packers told him to compete for it with AR so he asked for a trade and got it.in this case the Packers dont have a quality qb like that as backup to go to but know age is rapidly catching up to AR and his contract is keeping them from aquiring free agents to better the team and he wont budge on renegotiating to help the team.they can get alot for AR in a trade so just waiting for Love to fully develop into the qb they thought he can be.
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    Admittedly, I’m a Favre fan however, this is not how I remember it. I remember, Favre being questioned about retirement the day after a loss. We all remember how Favre took losses. The team asked him then because they wanted him out, for good reason. When Favre had time to think about it and wanted back in, the Packers told him they didn’t want him, they had moved on to ARod. Favre tried to force his way back in saying he would compete with ARod and even showed up at Austin Straubel field. The Packers went so far as to offer him $20M NOT to play. Then they agreed to trade him. At one time everybody thought he was going to TB but TT and MM couldn’t chance him coming back and beating the Pack in the playoffs so TT and MM then went about trying to move him to the worst team they could get him to, outside of the NFC. Favre, being the child he was, engineered a way to get to the Vikings in order to stick it to TT and MM, not his best moment.

  33. “He saw how quickly the Cheeseheads curdled on Brett Favre after the team nudged him to retire”

    Can we please stop with this? Favre apologists acting like he was innocent in this whole thing and was kicked to the curb. He was going to retire for at least FOUR years prior to the Packers calling his bluff. Every year he hemmed and hawed about committing then the leadership asked him nicely to please, please come back and he did. The act got really old, for management and probably 50% of the fans. I know I was tired of it. Did it have to be such a mess? No. But there was a lot of fault to go around.

  34. obangler says:
    April 27, 2021 at 11:52 am

    For as “vilified” as Rodgers is, he could have easily been in 3 super bowls if the Packers even put a small bit of talent around him. No wonder the Hail Mary is his most famous play
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    I don’t think they needed to put the talent around him. They needed some talent (players and coaches) on defense. (and for the love of god special teams) The number of times fans watched Rodgers go down and get a go ahead score only to have the other team fly right down the field and take the lead back is staggering.

  35. MF and all the other Purples are so incredibly obsessed with Rodgers because the only chance of winning the division is if Rodgers is out for the majority of a season or leaves the Packers. Get over it. I’m surprised Cheese Fat hasn’t made his tiring passive aggressive comment given that passive aggressive is the definition of Minnesota Nice.

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