Where will the Aaron Rodgers standoff go from here?

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Eleven days ago, the status of Aaron Rodgers became the biggest story in the NFL. It still is, even if the story has reached the no-news-is-no-news stage. Which returns the entire saga to the category of “beautiful mystery.”

But there will be news, eventually. Rodgers will show up for OTAs, or he won’t. That will be news.

If he skips OTAs, he’ll show up for the mandatory minicamp, or he won’t. If he doesn’t show up, that definitely will be news.

If he doesn’t show for the mandatory minicamp, the countdown will begin to a potential training-camp holdout. In the interim, the Packers will conduct their annual shareholders meeting. Rodgers, if he has boycotted all of the on-field offseason program, definitely will be the main topic of conversation.

Then comes training camp, at which time the fissure/chasm between player and team will be resolved, or it won’t. The Packers have had more than three months to craft a solution that Rodgers will find acceptable, and it hasn’t happened yet. Some would say that the Packers at this point are willing to dig in and dare Rodgers to risk having his picture attached to dartboards throughout Wisconsin.

The possibility of a post-June 1 trade will hover, but the Packers have shown no inclination to move Rodgers, opting for a play-for-us-or-play-for-no-one posture. The Packers could change their mind at any time, or they could continue to hold firm, daring Rodgers to retire — and to pay back nearly $30 million.

It’s also possible that the Packers and Rodgers will find a middle ground, unlikely as that currently may seem. It would entail, presumably, the kind of contract that would bind the Packers to Rodgers for two or three years, and that in turn would make Jordan Love sufficiently irrelevant to perhaps even trigger a trade.

The fact that it’s currently quiet hardly means that it’s over. In the coming weeks, more information will emerge. At some point in the next four months, it will become clear whether Rodgers will, or won’t, play for the Packers in 2021. For now, no one really knows what will happen.

66 responses to “Where will the Aaron Rodgers standoff go from here?

  1. Would anybody even trade for Jordan Love? Not sure why the pack had to trade up to get him, don’t think he was on anyone’s radar

  2. One of my favorite movie lines is from The Hunt For Red October. When the two subs are facing off at the end, the American sub captain says, “If you’re going to play chicken, you gotta know when to flinch.” That’s what this has become, a game of chicken. Somebody’s gonna flinch and it will probably be the Packers when they find out that Jordan Love isn’t the guy.

  3. It’s a waiting game. Most likely June – September will likely be the time he gets traded, until then, take it easy during the month of May.

  4. I don’t understand why a player who thinks he is immortal and that talented is so scared of having someone with potential back him up.. It must be a lack of self confidence.

  5. He’s absolutely sabotaged his own team and teammates… I don’t care how great he is I wouldn’t take him back!

  6. Trade him to one of his desired teams for:

    1 Their starting LT
    2 their top top WR or Weapon (Kittle)
    3 their 1st round pick
    4 $ and cap relief

  7. Dear Packers – You have a once in a lifetime talent at QB. Find a way to make this work. Good employers figure out ways to keep their top employees happy.

  8. Perhaps I’ll be wrong, but my guess is that it’s going to get pretty quiet between now and June 1st. After that, things will heat up again when it’s not quite so financially disastrous for the Packers to trade him.

  9. “The Packers have had more than three months to craft a solution that Rodgers will find acceptable, and it hasn’t happened yet.”
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    Does anybody have any clue what EXACTLY he wants? He’s said almost nothing publicly and his list of “grievances” seems somewhat thin. He’s supposedly mad that a practice-squad-level receiver buddy got cut and that they took a QB in last year’s draft (who they then never even suited up last season, probably as a concession to Rodgers being upset). If he believes that some other team is going to trade for him and then let him craft their whole roster and run their draft he’s going to be in a for a rude awakening.

  10. Contrary to what has been reported, we only have two bits of info that we know came from AR himself. The fissure/chasm thing linked in this story and what James Jones said. Jones said that Rodgers isn’t looking for more money and doesn’t want the GM fired. So it seems the only real issue is the fact that the Packers refuse to commit to him beyond 2021. Say what you want about Rodgers but it is a slap in the face.

  11. Just think if Green Bay had drafted Pat Mahomes. They would have 3 QBs in 40 years.

  12. Figure it out like they did in the Old West. 10 paces and the winner is left standing. Drama ends.

  13. I wish Green Bays ownership would do something. Maybe call an owner’s meeting or something and figure this out. Bring your “stock” certificates and your parking is half-off.

  14. Packers have shown no inclination to move Rodgers, opting for a play-for-us-or-play-for-no-one posture.
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    Has any team besides the 1999 Detroit Lions (with Barry Sanders) ever done this? Perhaps because Detroit failed so miserably after Sanders retired, teams realized that they might as well get something in return if their star player refuses to play for them.

  15. Everyone does realize that AR has said nothing, correct? He has never said that he is dissatisfied, wants out, or anything at all negative about his situation with the Packers. Meanwhile, Schefter has already walked back his original report, and there has been no sourced reporting whatsoever that AR wants out.

    This is all total speculation until AR actually speaks.

  16. There is not a stand off at all. Rodgers will walk away and over night the man Love (pun intended) will ascend to the throne. Rodgers has nothing to lose at all. Money? Nah he got plenty of scratch in the bank and could live off endorsements alone. His future wife Shailene Woodley does have a career and she is financially stable as well.

    This is about the disrespect the Packers organization pulled on Rodgers, they never told him they were going to take Love. For all his years as a senior employee of that said organization should have be let in on the information, it would have been the gentlemanly thing to do.

    The Packers organization created this storm, now they are complain about the wind and the rain. When the storm is over and dark clouds break Rodgers will no longer be playing football, he will ride off into the sunset to a less stressful way of life. Good on him!

  17. Between Favre and Rodgers we have 2 championships. At the end of Favre’s career, I was happy to see him go (interceptions). I’m starting to feel the same about Rodgers (this situation). Both these guys were paid handsomely. They’re pros. Just getting tired of this.

  18. Would anybody even trade for Jordan Love? Not sure why the pack had to trade up to get him, don’t think he was on anyone’s radar

    — Someone may reach on a 3rd or 4th round pick for him but Packers brass would be admitting defeat so not worth the return, which is why Packers are in a pickle on this.

  19. Tony Broome says:
    May 10, 2021 at 10:14 am
    One of my favorite movie lines is from The Hunt For Red October. When the two subs are facing off at the end, the American sub captain says, “If you’re going to play chicken, you gotta know when to flinch.” That’s what this has become, a game of chicken. Somebody’s gonna flinch and it will probably be the Packers when they find out that Jordan Love isn’t the guy.
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    A good point. Bill did it this year by drafting Mac Jones. He knew Stidham wasn’t the guy (even though Pats fans prior to the draft would tell you different) so he moved on and brought in a real QB.

  20. 30 million reasons to play and the team holds all the cards. If Aaron retires for a season, he may find another team but he’d lose that chunk of change. And he definitely won’t hang up his cleats for good. There is no mystery.

  21. I don’t understand why a player who thinks he is immortal and that talented is so scared of having someone with potential back him up.. It must be a lack of self confidence.

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    I always thought it was more them wasting a first round draft pick on someone who’s going to be sitting on the bench rather than drafting an impact player on offense to help the team now.

  22. glac1 says:
    May 10, 2021 at 10:16 am
    I don’t understand why a player who thinks he is immortal and that talented is so scared of having someone with potential back him up.. It must be a lack of self confidence.
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    Jordan Love didn’t dress for a single game last season, so I doubt the league MVP lacks self-confidence. Go back two seasons ago when the Packers fell in the NFC Championship game. Their biggest needs were OT/WR. What does Packer management do? They trade up to draft a QB in the 1st round. It appears they are worried more about replacing Rodgers than getting over the hump.

  23. glac1 says:
    May 10, 2021 at 10:16 am
    I don’t understand why a player who thinks he is immortal and that talented is so scared of having someone with potential back him up.. It must be a lack of self confidence.
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    I think this is an entirely incorrect read on the whole situation. Do people seriously not see now the Packers have created this situation? It’s not some out-of-the-blue thing that Rodgers came up with.

  24. I don’t understand the play-for-us-or-play-for-nobody strategy. Let’s say the Packers win the staring contest. Rodgers, not wishing to give back $30 million, blinks. Do the Packers really want an angry, disgruntled, surly player, who wants to be elsewhere, quarterbacking their team? I don’t think Rodgers would malinger, but his heart won’t be in it. Nobody likes to be forced to do what he doesn’t want to do. His play will surely suffer. A trade, for which the Packers will receive a bounty of picks and players, is the best route for the team to take. And I think that’s what will happen.

  25. He will fade into oblivion, hated by the Packers fans he’s betrayed. He’s hoping to land the Jeopardy gig but I heard Alex Smith may try out and they’ll probably select him first.

  26. Oh, and I forgot to add: regardless of Jordon Love’s potential, Rodgers has set the bar at “NFL MVP”. So yeah, let him walk and good luck replacing that level of play.

    Is GB overall a good enough team that they can overcome an unproven QB’s likely mistakes? Or has Rodgers elevated the play of those around him since he’s been in his prime?

  27. Definitely his divia-ness will be back this coming year. Let Jordan love run the scout team for a year and figure out what he’s got, and then move on from this prickly passive aggressive nonsense.

  28. It’s going to be great seeing A-Rod, J-Love, and the whole squad at camp in late July. For those going, it gets hot out there at practice some days, so bring some beverages.

    Hopefully we can get Shailene to share her clay toothpaste recipe.😏

    #GoPackGo!

  29. “The Packers could /–/ hold firm, daring Rodgers to retire — and pay back nearly $30 million.”

    There’s no way he chooses the option that requires him to pay back $30 million. He could just show up, give a half-hearted effort and do just enough to get his money. Do you really want a disgruntled employee on the team. Better for Management to guarantee his final 3 years, like Minnesota did with Cousins, then he could retire a Packer.

  30. Rodgers has one good card to play, but he’ll have to come out and say it. “I don’t want to be the highest paid QB, I’ve done that. What I’ve asked for is a contract that actually makes me the QB of this team for the next 3 years. They have not offered that. If they do, I’m in tomorrow.”

    This puts all the pressure back on the team. All of it.

  31. I would give him a new contract for 3 or 4 years so he knows he’s guaranteed to play for the Packers and then Love takes over. And if he doesn’t show up for OTA’s and training camp then I would not trade him and he would have the retire and play for no one and also pay back the 30 million. Then the Packers can go get an experienced QB that is out there not on any team and pay him part of that 30 mil plus get a back up behind Love plus one or two other needs and with their great draft picks and a few new faces that they will still have a good team to get in the playoffs!! And possibly farther! It’s a no brainer! Don’t give in to Rodgers!! He may be the MVP but has no leverage on Management as he needs to just play the game for the team he signed with!!

  32. Just enjoying watching the Packers squirm. Hey Green Bay, maybe New England will let you have Cam after they are done with him. I need more popcorn.

  33. A couple thoughts, and a desire to debunk a few urban myths. Myth #1, “the Packers haven’t put enough talent around Aaron Rodgers– MYTH– Rodgers has played most of his career with a solid, to exceptional offensive line. How deficient have his receivers been? He played with Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams,….not bad at all. Most league talent scouts agree that 1st round WR’s are among the biggest reaches, and bust percentages. MYTH #2–The Packers should not have drafted Jordan Love–MYTH!! Every smart GM knows the best time to get a QB is when you DON’T need one. Time will tell if Love is great, good, average or a bust, but the Packers had every right, and indeed, responsibility to think about a succession plan. Has everyone forgotten that Rodgers joined the Packers under the exact same circumstances?? Brett Favre wasn’t happy then, but how did that pick work out for the Packers? Brilliantly I would say. Still, there is no guarantee Love will be close to that good, the odds say no, but you can’t fault a GM for taking a shot. Some earlier commenter said he was not on anyone’s radar, which is nonsense. As a Packer fan, my first choice would be that they find peace and he finishes his career as a Packer. If that happens, I doubt a Love trade because he has established no value yet, and why should they, unless they got some tremendous value for him. Worse case, I think GB trades him because they’d be irressponsible to not capture that kind of trade value for a 37-year old player. The Packers could have done a better job managing A-Rog’s ego and feelings about Love, but this is about Rodgers not articulating what he even wants. I think he’s already in retreat mode, because he doesn’t like his options. Even with him at QB, Denver or Las Vegas aren’t going to the super bowl after the cost of such a trade and salary cap impacts. Unlike GOAT Brady, Rodgers doesn’t take less so the team can improve the roster.

  34. Maybe Rodgers is subconsciously doing Love a favor by not making him wait 4 years to start. You know like what happened to Rodgers backing up Brett Farve?

  35. My guess is that the Jeopardy decision will actually make a difference in Rodgers’ thinking on where he should be playing football.

    It shouldn’t matter, because he has said he could do both.

    But I bet it will matter.

    “Beautiful mystery” indeed.

  36. mhouser1922 says:
    May 10, 2021 at 10:55 am
    I don’t understand the play-for-us-or-play-for-nobody strategy. Let’s say the Packers win the staring contest. Rodgers, not wishing to give back $30 million, blinks. Do the Packers really want an angry, disgruntled, surly player, who wants to be elsewhere, quarterbacking their team? I don’t think Rodgers would malinger, but his heart won’t be in it. Nobody likes to be forced to do what he doesn’t want to do. His play will surely suffer. A trade, for which the Packers will receive a bounty of picks and players, is the best route for the team to take. And I think that’s what will happen.
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    100% agree. The “the play-for-us-or-play-for-nobody strategy” is essentially spite, which is not a strategy.

    I mean, don’t good teams want players that actually want to play for that team? If you’ve got someone who doesn’t want to play for you, figure out a way to change his mind or trade him. And do this out as soon as possible.

    See the Bruce Allen/Trent Williams fiasco on why dragging this out never benefits the team.

  37. In the unlikely event that Rodgers retires the Packers may want to consider a trade for Cam Newton. Apparently he would be an upgrade over Love, Cam would be going to a good team and probably be happy, and the Pats could easily turn the team over to Mac Jones. Cam has the personality to replace Rodgers much like he replaced Brady last year. Newton to the Pats for a 2nd round pick.

  38. glac1 says:
    I don’t understand why a player who thinks he is immortal and that talented is so scared of having someone with potential back him up.. It must be a lack of self confidence.

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    That’s not the point. The point is that they could have drafted someone who could have started. Had they drafted a competent DB they would have been in the Super Bowl.

  39. gibson45 says:
    May 10, 2021 at 10:36 am
    Everyone does realize that AR has said nothing, correct? He has never said that he is dissatisfied, wants out, or anything at all negative about his situation with the Packers. Meanwhile, Schefter has already walked back his original report, and there has been no sourced reporting whatsoever that AR wants out.

    This is all total speculation until AR actually speaks.

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    Yes he has said nothing! He had a chance with Tirico to clear the air at the derby, still said nothing. His silence on the topic is deafening and speaks volumes about the situation in Green Bay. With a mandatory minicamp coming up in a month and change on June 15th -17th, some crucial decisions will need to be made regarding the matter. If Rodgers doesn’t want to be there, cut the bait and trade him while you can get what you can get. If he wants to go to Frisco, which I think he truly does then trade him. Just hope he doesn’t make it to the NFC Championship because it will be the Farve Revenge Tour Part two and just as Farve did, he will stick it to the Packers.

  40. Knowing Rodgers sense of humor it admittedly would be pretty hilarious if he just showed up to mini-camp and acted as if nothing had ever happened.

  41. The Packers are now the Joke around the league due to this fiasco. Aaron Rodgers wants to go west. I say bye bye. The Packers have always been a one man band, but this time Aaron doesn’t want to carry the whole team.. Sure , they want the defense to be good and let the qb do what he does. Be their offense. Can’t say I blame him.

  42. Does anyone see the similarities between Favre and Rodgers?
    Brett Favre knew when the organization had made their mind up to make the switch and that’s when he became uneasy about it.
    Aaron Rodgers is feeling the same pressure now and perhaps is jockeying for more control then what Favre used back then for his situation

  43. workinman says:
    May 10, 2021 at 10:38 am
    Between Favre and Rodgers we have 2 championships. At the end of Favre’s career, I was happy to see him go (interceptions). I’m starting to feel the same about Rodgers (this situation). Both these guys were paid handsomely. They’re pros. Just getting tired of this.

    \\\\\

    And the common denominator in all of this is????

    GB’s management tree of Ted T. and Gute. This inflexibility and love of rookie contracts is a major component to this. Sometimes veteran free agents turn a corner for a team. Woodson was here for the one SB this team got in these GM’s eras and he changed the way that secondary played, and mentored Nick Collins into the great player he was before his injury.

    Wolf knew how to finish the deal, these guys don’t as GM’s.

  44. The odds are it will go the same way it has for the last few years. Rodgers will express (perfectly valid) disgust for the GM’s incompetent drafting & team-building, then he’ll return with resignation only to fall just short of the big prize once again because the holes we can all see on the team, that we know will be the margin in playoff games, will be so again.

    The twist is that this is the last time they would be able to trade him under his contract. They can force the issue with the franchise tag next year, but to use that on a player who has already been expressing displeasure for years would be pretty pathetic. So this summer is their last chance to do a “free and clear” trade without it getting really messy.

    I would say that trading him would be a huge sign of failure by management, but the truth is they’ve already failed. They’ve squandered having a HOF QB on the roster and they’ve broken what should have been an easy relationship. You’ve got the league MVP on a lame-duck contract and you’ve never drafted him a receiver above the 3rd round. It’s baffling.

  45. Why does it seem like top QBs demand to be highest paid and reap significant up front guarantees the first two years (benefitting from the stock market’s rise with the team losing out by parting with cash early in the contract) and then when the back two years come the same QB is upset others are making more. Can’t have it both ways.

  46. bigbluedeadhead says:
    May 10, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Trade him to one of his desired teams for:

    1 Their starting LT
    2 their top top WR or Weapon (Kittle)
    3 their 1st round pick
    4 $ and cap relief
    ___________

    Do you want the GM to throw in his first-born son, too?

  47. Offer to Trade Rogers for Dak Prescott. He could become Jerry Jones new savior. See how fast Aaron comes home

  48. The Packers won’t give Rodgers a guaranteed contract that will allow him to retire as a Packer. Their options now are to (a) trade him and move on to Jordan Love, a drop-off in talent that’s bigger than the “chasm” between Rodgers and the Packers, or (b) force Rodgers to play for them this year. If they choose Option b, how well do you think the team is going to do? That would be as dysfunctional a situation as you could get, and those things don’t usually turn out well. However you look at it, the Packers have unbelievably mismanaged this whole situation.

  49. The Adam Shefter report changes nothing. Rodgers is the type of quarterback to throw his own teammates under the bus. He even got McCarthy fired. How did that help? He still loses in NFC championship games. it changed nothing. Rodgers doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. Coming up in June, he could very well be traded.

  50. Sports Entertainment

    Just a narrative concocted to add some drama

    Packers win the SB this year with Rodgers under center; although he’ll probably miss 3 games due to a holdout.

    Triumphant return on Sunday Night against the Chiefs

  51. Ask the Packers front office as soon as someone can figure out who’s in charge

  52. Wonder if Rodgers cared about how the organization was “disrespectful” to Favre when he was drafted? Or Is this different bc it’s him?

  53. karma. they raise his pay 10 million, and he gets hurt first game of the year

  54. It costs teams too much money in contracts to win superbowls so some teams purposely self-sabotage to appear competitive but come up short. Bills were known to do this and GB showed it’s hand with the Love puck. Rogers no longer wants to play along. Can’t blame him but I don’t sympathize. I think he is like Testaverde. He throws a beautiful ball but he will break your heart.

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