Aaron Rodgers can indeed opt out this year (updated)

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Earlier this afternoon, we raised the question of whether anyone will opt out in 2021. Surely, few if any will do so due to concerns regarding the pandemic.

That said, players who signed their most recent contracts before October 1, 2020 could choose to press pause on their careers for a season for other reasons. Including specific player who supposedly is considering not playing for the Packers this year. Aaron Rodgers, if eligible to opt out, could do so at a significant financial savings.

Based on a (more) careful reading of the letter agreement, Rodgers can opt out for 2021. Unless he opted out or has been diagnosed with a higher-risk condition since October 1, Rodgers can’t get the $350,000 stipend. But he can still opt out without receiving any pay.

For Rodgers, the savings would be tremendous.

Opting out would allow Rodgers to refrain from forfeiting $18.3 million in earned bonus money. While he’d still lose a $14.7 million salary for 2021 (it would be bumped to 2022), the cost of not playing would be slashed dramatically by opting out. Then, after the season, Rodgers presumably would be traded by the Packers to a new team, get a new contract, and continue his career.

So there’s the updated assessment after a more careful reading of the seven-page letter agreement. It seemed to good to be true, but it’s true. Rodgers has a silver bullet that lets him sit out for all of 2021 and save $18.3 million — if he’s willing to make a binding and permanent and irrevocable decision to not play this year by next Friday, July 2.

UPDATE 6:22 a.m. ET 6/25/21: This article has been revised based on a more careful reading of the letter agreement.

18 responses to “Aaron Rodgers can indeed opt out this year (updated)

  1. Opt out.. Please opt out and stay away from football completely… Overrated diva… End of Story

  2. Just stop.

    Opting out only means his contract will be tolled another year – WITH THE PACKERS. So not only will he be is the SAME position, he’ll be a year older.

  3. I can only assume Rodgers has made his position perfectly clear to the Packers, and theirs to him. The waiting game is not in Rodgers’ favor. Plus, this Packer team is as solid on both sides of the ball as any team he may prefer. He knows this. He may be seriously contemplating a future outside of football. I can’t see any other reason for the stalemate.

  4. Calling Dr. Bombay! Calling Dr. Bombay!

    Emergency! Come right away!

  5. “The waiting game is not in Rodgers’ favor. Plus, this Packer team is as solid on both sides of the ball as any team he may prefer.”

    When the Packers’ bye week hits and they’re 3-9 (I’m being generous here), tell me again that the waiting game isn’t in Rodgers’ favor.

    It’s a QB driven league, Stellar. You folks are about to find that out the hard way. The Broncos are a more talented team on both sides of the ball than the Packers and they were 5-11 last year. The difference? Drew Lock vs Aaron Rodgers.

    To quote a wise 80’s singer: Don’t know whatcha got ’till it’s gone.

  6. He does have a bad case of Megalomania compounded by third degree narcissism, so that might get him off.

  7. I don’t care if Rodgers leaves, I’ve made that clear. I’m also OK if he returns. Whatever. I’m rationally excited about an unknown future with Love leading the way…….exactly as I was when Favre took over from Majkowski and exactly as I felt when Rodgers took over from Favre. As a Packer fan, the Packers have given me too many proud moments to count. Nearly four generation’s worth. If they never win anything substantive ever again, I’m good. It’s just a game.

  8. ” The Broncos are a more talented team on both sides of the ball than the Packers and they were 5-11 last year. The difference? Drew Lock vs Aaron Rodgers.”

    The Broncos gave up more points and yards that the Packers did last year, so the argument that they are more talented on that side of the ball would be an interesting one.

  9. David Bakhtiari:

    Wisconsin, you embrace this California kid as one of your own. For that I’m grateful.

    #69 #Aaronsturn #BucksIn5

    We love you Bakh! And you are correct, it’s now Aaron’s turn.

    OneTeamOneNation

    PackerNation!✊

  10. Wow, a Bewitched reference. Way to show your age! Mr. Fox was also Col Crittendon on Hogan’s Heroes and I’m sure if they tried that portrayal nowadays the critics would scream on how we American’s negatively portray the ‘poor’ Brits.

  11. I can’t think of any logical explanation why the Packers just won’t put him up for trade. GB drafted his replacement so just pull the trigger! Rogers value goes down if they wait another year.

  12. Can’t get enough of this drama in Minny. Helps us forget our 60 years of being on the outside looking in at the title winning teams.

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