Aaron Rodgers could show up for mandatory minicamp, then not show up for training camp

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An answer to the question of whether Aaron Rodgers will play for the Packers could come next week. Or not.

Ultimately, whether he skips or attends the mandatory minicamp that launches on Tuesday means nothing to whether he shows up for or boycotts training camp. He can show up for the minicamp while still preserving his full rights under the labor deal to not report for camp.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did that in 2019. He showed up for mandatory minicamp, despite his desire for a new contract. It caused everyone to assume that he’d be present for training camp. He wasn’t, and he stayed away until he got what he wanted.

Rodgers could do the same thing. He could show up for the mandatory minicamp, see how he feels while attending and participating, and then decide after the mandatory minicamp whether he’ll show up for training camp. His decision could be influenced by anything the powers-that-be say or do while he’s there, from filling his wallet to kissing his ass to anything in between.

It also would keep the Cheeseheads from inching toward Defcon 1, reacting negatively to Rodgers’ absence and worrying for six weeks that he won’t be there for the start of camp.

Regardless of how it plays out, it’s a possibility that needs to be on the radar screen. Rodgers could show up for mandatory minicamp and then not show up for training camp.

The problem remains that, for Rodgers, this currently isn’t about a new contract (unless he’d get a new contract that makes the team’s contract with Jordan Love irrelevant). It’s about a new team. With each passing day, other teams will become more locked in with the rosters they have, and in turn less willing to suddenly scrap their plans for 2021 and pivot to Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have every reason to remain dug in, and there’s no reason to think their plans will change.

Come next week, we’ll learn a little bit more about Rodgers’ plans. However, nothing that happens next week will tie his hands for training camp.

9 responses to “Aaron Rodgers could show up for mandatory minicamp, then not show up for training camp

  1. Or he could fly a space ship to neptune and meet a friend for a game of badmitton. The guy has lost his marbles. He has one job and if he cant show up for that, let him go hide in his closet.

  2. I do not believe Rodgers would do what Elliott did because he is not a selfish guy. It’s not about money. It’s about breaking a trust and other perceived and aggrieved principles. He’ll show up for all of it. The fact he hasn’t said anything substantive works in his favor.

  3. I hope he shows up an hour or day late, gets everyone to freak out, and then saunters in like nothing’s wrong.

  4. Cheeseheads have been through this silliness before, and are handling it just fine. It’ll eventually all work out, just like it did last time.

  5. It’s Rodgers nature to be spiteful. Packer fans will continue to turn on him after years of defending him. The world will point their finger and laugh “I told you so”

  6. >> It’ll eventually all work out, just like it did last time.<<

    And actually….it did.

  7. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm
    It’s Rodgers nature to be spiteful. Packer fans will continue to turn on him after years of defending him. The world will point their finger and laugh “I told you so”
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Still wishing, hoping, and praying. Some things never change.

  8. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    It’s Rodgers nature to be spiteful. Packer fans will continue to turn on him after years of defending him. The world will point their finger and laugh “I told you so”
    *********
    …..and the Viking franchise will continue to experience a long, slow, painful tradition, 0-61.
    Now, that is seriously worth pointing out and laughing at. 🤣

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