Packers still not budging on Aaron Rodgers trade possibility

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The folks at PointsBet have installed Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater as co-favorites to be the Week One starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, at +140 each. Not far behind them, at +220, is “other.”

“Other” includes, possibly, Aaron Rodgers.

For the same reason that June 2 becomes a new phase for a potential Russell Wilson trade (the cap charge drops from $39 million to $13 million), June 2 chops the cap hit for a Rodgers trade by $11.5 million. It’s still highly unlikely that a trade will occur.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Packers aren’t budging in their position that they won’t trade Rodgers.

And so the standoff will continue. Rodgers wants out. The Packers want to keep him. And time will tell whether he shows up for mandatory minicamp and/or training camp.

It would be a surprise if he doesn’t show up. He says he loves his teammates, his coaches, the fans. Why would he choose playing for no one over playing for the Packers? He’d lose a $14.7 million salary, he’d forfeit $11.5 million in previously-paid signing bonus, and he’d sacrifice a $6.8 million roster bonus earned earlier this year. Also, he wouldn’t play football during one of the not-many-remaining years he has in the game.

He could, in theory. show up and half-ass it. Pride would surely get in the way of that. If he’s there, he’s all in.

Two months from today, we’ll find out if he’s there or not.

40 responses to “Packers still not budging on Aaron Rodgers trade possibility

  1. He could develop the same back ailment that prevented Jalen Ramsey from going out with his team mates in Jacksonville prior to being traded to the Rams. Jalen’s back ailment was miraculously cured post trade.

  2. I feel bad for all the people involved who have to deal with that level of fragility

  3. Can’t wait until he walks away and the Pack get nothing instead of multiple 1’s. Will make the Texans’ handling of the Watson trade demand look brilliant…

  4. The Packers have the leverage. Retirement is an unlikely option for Rodgers. He should have thought twice before signing the contract or signed a shorter deal.

  5. One scenario that did not come up in discussion. To date Rodgers has smartly avoided the words ” trade me or else”. He infers he would accept a trade. He infers he prefers to play for others who covet his skills.

    For all we know once his cap drop happens June 2, he will meet with the press and then openly state: 1. I aint playing this year 2. I’m still in discussion with packers nothing has changed 3. I’m retiring 4. Trade me or lose me.

    None of the above will happen before June 2. He knows that and so do the Packers.

  6. If he doesn’t show up and decides not to play I really feel sorry for Jordan Love. He will have to light up the scoreboard and nothing less than a division title and a trip to the Conference Championship will suffice. GB management has put this young man under enormous pressure and they cannot say “he wasn’t ready”. AR is pulling the plug on GB a year earlier than when they planned to do it. Be careful what you wish for you just may get it. They wanted Rodgers gone, now they may get it!

  7. So yes this is brilliant logic, keep a player who doesn’t want to be there instead of a trading him and get what you can to build for the future. Which was the plan all along until Rodgers had an MVP season last year (the wrench in the timeline deal)….ooppps. Didn’t count on that did ya?

    And Yo Packer fan, if you think for a moment you’re going to get multiple 1st round draft choices I wouldn’t’ get your hopes up.

  8. The only way for Green Bay to mess this up any worse is to not trade him. He’s done there, so you may as well take the haul of draft picks that they will surely be (if they haven’t already) be offered for him.

  9. All he has to do is claim he has been suffering from headaches and memory loss since a hit he took last year, that he hid from doctors to keep his super bowl dreams alive. The team can then either pay him his full salary to ‘recover’ or cut him with an injury settlement.

  10. It really comes down to the development of the Packer defense. Our offense will be ok..

  11. He’s not going anywhere else this year. After that, he can go and be someone else’s problem.

  12. I have not heard Rodgers say he wants out, have you? Of course he’ll be there, only now he’ll legitimately have Jordan Love breathing down his neck. If he had shown up at voluntary OTA’s he could’ve controlled the situation. It’s out of his hands, now.

  13. he could tell them that he won’t take any hits much less sacks and that he will call whatever plays he wants at the line of scrimmage; that way he could achieve the first statement goals and likely still do at least as well at play calling. Oh, and don’t play if your “pinkie” is sore. OR they could just fire Gute and possibly Murphy and things will likely be fine.

  14. If i’m rodgers, i show up and play. take a knee every snap, and see how long it takes to trade him.

  15. The ideal scenario for those of us not inclined to root for the Packers is that Rodgers plays for them this year. The dysfunction would certainly lead to a poor season and Rodgers’ trade value would be less next year than it is now as he ages another year and his performance almost certainly would regress from last season. Plus, it would be amazing to watch for another eight months.

  16. “And so the standoff will continue. Rodgers wants out.”
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    AR has never said that he wants out, ever. AR has not given any type of indication or signal that he wants out. In fact, the only indication that he has given to his media friends such as Jeff Saturday and James Jones is that he will return.

    AR possibly wants something, or perhaps he is just enjoying the swirl of speculation. Whatever the situation is, the fact remains that he has said or done nothing to make anyone believe that he wants out of Green Bay.

  17. The main problem now is the front office and coaches have to realize that if Aaron does return what type of effort will he actually put in and how many close pass rushes will result in a business decision to throw the ball away or simply drop it and get out of the way, not to mention scrambling will be totally out of the question it will be much easier to throw the ball out of bounds avoiding any type of hit.

    For Aaron why take any chance of getting hurt (Seattle will have the same problem with Russ) when any other team that could use a QB will take him no matter how badly he plays.

    The only option is either trade him and get some really good draft picks or watch him retire and get nothing in return while hoping Love at a minimum gets to the NFC Title game.

  18. Rodgers turns 38 this year so it’s likely teams wisely aren’t willing to part with multiple first round picks, why should they with an aging QB? The Packers know this which is likely why there not budging, if multiple fist rounders were offered he would’ve been gone already. So it looks like the Packers are stuck with him unless they lower their asking price.

  19. People forget that Barry Sanders wanted to be traded to Miami. Lions could have had 2 first round picks. Instead, Lions held firm against the trade and Barry retired. Detroit has never recovered.

  20. Great. Let’s him sit. Rodgers does not play for the packers. The Packers get nothing for Rodgers. Welled played gutekunst.

  21. I’m not a Green Bay or Rodgers fan, but I don’t understand why they won’t trade him from a strategic perspective.

    He’s never going to be worth more than he is now at his age coming off of an MVP season that was propped up by an unusually easy schedule – and he will likely rapidly lose value in the near future. Plus, he’s a locker room cancer who has feuded with every coaching staff he’s worked with and hates the current front office.

    There are likely a lot of options that would allow them to get a combination of useful players and draft picks to keep the Packers competing for championships for years. I’d try to get the underrated Carr, Waller, a 1st and a 2nd from the Raiders if it were me (unless I had a lot of faith in Jordan Love) and then enjoy watching him take 3rd place in the AFC West for a few years until he retires.

  22. I think Rodgers best move would to not show up and then choose to return right before the deadline to return in Week 10 or whatever it is now in the 17-game-season.

    Him holding out creates lots of drama around the Packers, and they don’t like drama. He may not get traded right after June 1st, but when he’s holding out in Week 9 and everyone knows he’s coming back right before he doesn’t get credit for playing the season, that will creat an even bigger distraction and there’s no way the Packers are taking that on.

    He’ll be gone at some point, as long as he doesn’t cave and return.

  23. Rodgers might find winning division titles and getting to conference championship games a bit more daunting if he lands in Denver or Las Vegas. I have a feeling KC with Patrick Mahomes is going to own the AFC West for at least a decade — like the Brady-led Patriots dominated the AFC East.

    And only the LV Raiders’ “braintrust” might be foolish enough to offer Carr, multiple first rounders and another starter or two for a 38-year-old tempermental QB who might just decide next year or the year after he’s had enough. The Packers might be still be using those Raider draft picks after Rodgers does retire.

  24. Kind of like the Packers stance here. Let him cry and whine but hold him to his contract letting him decide whether he wants to play or retire.

  25. People forget that Barry Sanders wanted to be traded to Miami. Lions could have had 2 first round picks. Instead, Lions held firm against the trade and Barry retired. Detroit has never recovered.

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    There is an important nuance here. Sanders in an interview said that he saw that Detroit was jettisoning a lot of quality players and they were not interesting in trying to win now or ever. That is why he wanted out. Getting 2 draft picks would not have helped Detroit when they could have had 20 first round picks and still field a mediocre team.

  26. gibson45 says:
    May 27, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    AR has never said that he wants out, ever. AR has not given any type of indication or signal that he wants out. In fact, the only indication that he has given to his media friends such as Jeff Saturday and James Jones is that he will return.

    AR possibly wants something, or perhaps he is just enjoying the swirl of speculation. Whatever the situation is, the fact remains that he has said or done nothing to make anyone believe that he wants out of Green Bay.
    __________

    This level of delusion is amazing. The only thing he hasn’t done is hold a press conference in which he announces that he is demanding a trade. He has spoken publicly multiple times since the news came out that he’s unhappy with the Packers and he has said nothing to dispel that notion. If everything is as hunky dory as you say, why doesn’t he just say that there’s nothing to these rumors? The things he has said himself and through his friends make it clear that there’s a problem and he wants out if his demands aren’t met.

  27. I wonder if he might hold out until somewhere around the middle of the season and then show up? It’s always talked about with holdouts. Does he risk it?

  28. Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson could have played 5 more years each, but the Lions organization made the same mistake twice. Packers could have butchered this completely, if the trade offer rumors are true.

  29. Much of the talk about Rodgers leaving Green Bay is just wishful thinking from Viking fans.

  30. Packers have way more leverage than most realize. Why do anything? They know Rodgers is too important and gives them their best shot (hey never planned on Love being ready in 2021) and they know Aaron loves to compete. Rodgers’ legacy is too important to him, as it should be, to feign injury or to quit on his teams while already serving some but not all years of his current contract.

    At some point I think they sides will meet in the middle. GB will do some sort of restructure to his contract (but still protecting their future) and Aaron will have to swallow hard and say this is exactly what he wanted, although it wasn’t. He’ll come out and say “I don’t need to be the highest paid player in the NFL – I love this team and want to win more championships”.

    This is the likeliest scenario.

  31. Roger was hired and payed an outrageous amount to do a job. He should just suck it up and quite begain a devia. And do his job until his contract is up. Over price baby

  32. They’ll be a push to work things out in time for training camp. It may not work out. If so, and the Packers go thru training camp without Rodgers, his trade value drops significantly for the Packers.

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