Will Packers fine Aaron Rodgers for skipping mandatory minicamp?

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If, as expected, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t show up for any of the three days of the team’s mandatory minicamp, the Packers can fine him $93,085. It’s a discretionary call; if they want to waive the fine, the Packers can.

Plenty of reporters have reported that the Packers have the right to not fine him and that they’ve discussed that angle — because why wouldn’t they at least talk about it? The question is whether they will, or won’t, excuse his decision to violate the terms of his contract.

On one hand, fining him could further inflame the situation. On the other hand, the bridge already seems to be obliterated.

On one hand, he’s already forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus by not showing up for offseason practices. On the other hand, $93,085 is still (wait for it) $93,085.

On one hand, they could decide that the rules apply to everyone, Rodgers included. On the other hand, they may choose to do everything they can to create that they’re bending over backward to placate Rodgers — short of firing G.M. Brian Gutekunst or trading quarterback Jordan Love.

Whether they fine him or not, the Packers likely won’t announce it to anyone. They’ll just do it or not do it, and if Rodgers wants to say or to leak something about it, so be it.

Come training camp, there will be no discretion to apply. If Rodgers holds out, he’ll be fined $50,000 per day. Under the 2020 labor deal, those amounts cannot be waived.

Then again, if Rodgers never plays for the Packers again, they’ll have no easy way to collect the fines. If there’s never another game check from which the fines would be withheld, they’d have to invoice him and, eventually, sue him for it.

13 responses to “Will Packers fine Aaron Rodgers for skipping mandatory minicamp?

  1. Pretty sure Aaron and his agent have a check post dated ready to go if needed.

  2. He’s already made over couple hundred million. He doesn’t care. He only wants out of the hapless Packers.

  3. Write that check and and another with a matching amount to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (or to some place similar).

  4. sets a bad example if they waive it..they would pretty much have to do that for everyone in the future. but i guess there is such a thing as superstar privelege so who knows

  5. If they have to give up $93K to get Rodgers to play for them this year, I think they’re willing to do that. If he doesn’t show up at all this year, they’ll get $30 million back, plus theoretically the $50K a day for missing training camp. I think they’ll be willing to let the $93K go in that case, too.

  6. J-Love and the rest of the roster looking great today!

    It is time for the Packers to inform reporters that players will no longer be answering Aaron Rodgers questions. Yes, the team can set it up that way. Players don’t have to be subjected to distractions that take away from their focus, and goals during this mini-camp or actual camp in a little over a month.

  7. “Madden Simulations Suggest Green Bay Packers are Better Without Aaron Rodgers.”

    It means nothing, but Madden Simulations have correctly picked SuperBowl winners 64% of the time since 2004. These recent simulations have Jordan Love leading the Packers to a SuperBowl three times, winning once. Rodgers, elsewhere, didn’t do squat.

    Like I said, it means nothing, but if the Packers had been simulated dead last with Jordan Love we’d never hear the end of it.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    June 8, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    “Madden Simulations Suggest Green Bay Packers are Better Without Aaron Rodgers.”

    It means nothing, but Madden Simulations have correctly picked SuperBowl winners 64% of the time since 2004. These recent simulations have Jordan Love leading the Packers to a SuperBowl three times, winning once. Rodgers, elsewhere, didn’t do squat.

    Like I said, it means nothing, but if the Packers had been simulated dead last with Jordan Love we’d never hear the end of it.
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    Madden simulations have predicted the Super Bowl winner 64% of the time when the simulation included the two teams playing in the Super Bowl, not when you’re trying to predict the winner from 32 teams up to five years out.

    They also didn’t compare the Packers with Love to the Packers with Rodgers, so the conclusion that the Packers are better without Rodgers is absurd.

  9. Rodgers is an idea guy. Idea guys are important and influential but they don’t make management decisions for Fortune 500-level enterprises. If Rodgers truly had business management skills at that level this dilemma would be over by now. He doesn’t. He’s not able to make or expected to make or asked to make long term personnel decisions. He signed a contract to play the position of quarterback. I’m a Packer fan first. I don’t blame Rodgers, I don’t hate Rodgers, I don’t wish him harm. I just don’t care. He was paid well to do his job. That’s where expectations of his contributions stop for me. He saw how Favre mucked it up. You’d think he’d learn. I will cheer and support whoever wants to be out there. That’s it. The Packers have given me four generations of proud Packer moments to remember and enjoy, and they’ve all been fantastic. If they never win anything substantive ever again, it’s OK with me. Life goes on. It’s only a game. Go Pack Go.

  10. …….having said that I still believe Rodgers will be under-center for the Packers on Opening Day and Love will be well-prepared to replace him for any reason. If not……..his loss.

  11. It’s time we Packers fans start to minimize the impact of not having Rodgers, before we all disappear (some of us already have). But we all know, he’s everything to the Packers. And now he’s gone. So, so sad. Come back, Aaron, come back. Man, these tears are salty, aren’t they? Anyways, we’ve got Love and hope; that’s some kind of plan, right?

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