The news of the Packers offering Aaron Rodgers a new contract isn’t new

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It’s unclear why the notion that the Packers offered to make quarterback Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in football suddenly has been repackaged and repurposed as news. Because it’s not.

In early May, Bob McGinn of TheAthletic.com reported that “[i]n recent months, according to sources, the Packers have offered to make the 37-year-old Rodgers the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback.”

The nugget that the Packers offered Rodgers a five-year package technically breaks new ground. Still, the headline — the Packers offered to make Rodgers the highest-paid player in football, and Rodgers declined it — is nearly three months old.

Adam Schefter’s tweet on the matter declares that Rodgers’ decision to pass on the extension constitutes “proof it’s not about the money.” Without knowing the structure and the guarantees, however, it’s impossible to make that conclusion. Rodgers may have rejected it simply because he knew that it ultimately didn’t force the Packers to keep him for two or three more years.

That’s how this all started. The Packers have year-to-year flexibility with Rodgers. Rodgers doesn’t want to play under the annual threat of the Packers choosing to trade or cut Rodgers and ride with Jordan Love.

Currently, Rodgers doesn’t want to play for the Packers at all. The situation supposedly is “fixable,” but it hasn’t been fixed. Coach Matt LaFleur has said the Packers will do whatever it takes to “help remedy the situation,” but the situation hasn’t been remedied.

At this point, the only fix comes from a contract structured to tie player and team together for at least two or three years, or a trade. Whether either happens remains to be seen.

36 responses to “The news of the Packers offering Aaron Rodgers a new contract isn’t new

  1. Meanwhile, back at the WH, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are celebrating their SB win with the POTUS.

  2. For as many times as we’ve all heard this the headline should have read, ‘The news, of the news, of the news, of the news of the Packers offering Aaron Rodgers a new contract isn’t new.’

  3. Currently, Rodgers doesn’t want to play for the Packers at all.
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    After spending enough years in green bay this sort of thing is bound to happen. It happened with Favre. It happened with Rodgers. It will happen again and again

  4. Whoever is under center at the home opener is who I’ll be giving my standing ovation to, and it might be Rodgers. If not…have a nice life. No one player is bigger than the team. It makes little difference to me and I don’t care what “they could get for him.” Look around at the world we’re living in. It’s just a game.

  5. I’m not sure why Schefter is riding Rodgers jock, but its hurting his credibility.

  6. Ok Rodgers – the packers brass built a roster with the most pro bowlers and so many amazing tools. Around your mega contract. The Packers brass is amazing for what they pulled off while accompaning you. There is nothing not to like about playing in Green bay for him.

  7. stellarperformance says:
    July 20, 2021 at 1:38 pm
    Whoever is under center at the home opener is who I’ll be giving my standing ovation to, and it might be Rodgers. If not…have a nice life. No one player is bigger than the team. It makes little difference to me and I don’t care what “they could get for him.” Look around at the world we’re living in. It’s just a game.

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    Sure, someone who ‘doesn’t care’, posts daily on these forums.

  8. jrterrier5 says:
    July 20, 2021 at 1:31 pm
    Meanwhile, back at the WH, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are celebrating their SB win with the POTUS.

    I can feel a shift of sympathy toward Rodgers!

  9. everyactionhasanoverreaction says:
    July 20, 2021 at 1:55 pm
    Sure, someone who ‘doesn’t care’, posts daily on these forums.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    …..and you’re not being forced to read it. Win-win.

  10. PFFFFT… Who cares. If he doesn’t want to play for the Packers he should tell them to trade him. The end! Tell them he won’t play for them under any circumstances. If that doesn’t work go public. If he wants to play for them he should get in and negotiate with the Packers to stay. Get on with it already.

  11. Schefter needs to register as an agent. This isn’t journalism anymore, it is advocacy.

  12. While not new info, it does support the theory he wants out, refusing the additional 2 year term. The thing I wonder now is how he’s going to save face reporting to camp if he doesn’t want the contract renegotiated.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    July 20, 2021 at 1:38 pm
    Whoever is under center at the home opener is who I’ll be giving my standing ovation to, and it might be Rodgers.
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    It was more fun when you denied that Rodgers didn’t want to return. I see you’ve entered into the final phase of the grief process. Way to accept what everybody outside of Wisconsin accepted months ago. Aaron no likey the Packers.

  14. Just release him already. Good god this is getting into Brett Favre territory.

  15. Rodgers will do one of 2 things. Report and get his money – whatever it is. OR – Hold out and start writing checks. God knows the Packers need the dough anyway. He ain’t getting traded.

  16. Regardless of offers, he is under contract and either he plays or he sits until the new NFL year when the franchise can trade him for a kings ransom. Any other ideas from Gute or Murphy should jeopardize their time in Green Bay.

  17. everyactionhasanoverreaction says: “Sure, someone who ‘doesn’t care’, posts daily on these forums.”
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    How does that even make sense to what he said?

    99.8% of fans are EXACTLY like him. Patriot fans might still love Brady, but without a doubt they would want the Patriots to beat the Bucs this season. Same with Lions fans who liked Stafford – doesn’t mean they’ll suddenly become a Rams fan instead.

  18. meanwhile in Detroit this offseason….

    QB1: Hey guys, this is really hard, but I would like to play elsewhere.
    Front Office: Okay, thanks for being so professional about it. Lets see what we can work out.

    2 weeks, 2 first round picks, and a new QB later and the drama is all over. Who knows if it was the right move, but at least it was a move. Better to deal with it right away then let things fester and snowball and be a distraction for your whole season…

  19. 50Stars says:
    July 20, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    Ok Rodgers – the packers brass built a roster with the most pro bowlers and so many amazing tools. Around your mega contract. The Packers brass is amazing for what they pulled off while accompaning you. There is nothing not to like about playing in Green bay for him.

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    This is like looking at a celebrity marriage and saying “she gives him everything a man could want! There couldn’t be a legitimate reason for him to want a divorce”. None of us really know all the details of Rodgers’ relationship with the Packers.

  20. You are saying that this whole Rodgers everyday stories for the last 2 months has really been about money the whole time? i am shocked.

  21. He was happy with the last contract he signed. He apparently got what he wanted most, and for that he was willing to give the Packers the yearly option to get rid of him, which he didn’t worry about because he thought he was untouchable. Now that he has the money, he wants the yearly option back.

  22. I really hope Rodgers plays this year, he is one of Brady’s favorite speed bumps.

  23. “Doesn’t want to play for the Packers at all” … says who? Rodgers hasn’t; all conjecture and speculation. Nobody knows squat – nobody except Rodgers and he’s playing possum. We’ll all know soon enough but it’s been to long already!

  24. j1945 says:
    July 20, 2021 at 1:49 pm
    They don’t need to do anything. He has no choice but to play or retire.
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    Play or pull a Brett Farve,

  25. Idiots! He doesnt want out of GB, he wants a five year no cut you gotta pay me regardless contract. The Packers dont do those kind for anyone so thus the impasse. As far as he s focetned ;ve dan benchnsit for five more years, this s snout his legacy and getting paid big bucks

  26. “he s focetned ;ve dan benchnsit for five more years, this s snout his legacy——————————————————————————
    …and WE are idiots?

  27. “And with the 24th pick in the 2005 draft, the Green Bay Packers select Aaron Rodgers, QB, California.”

    See? I can post old news too, Schefty!

  28. Not sure what all the to do is! If Rodgers doesn’t show up than the GB management get’s what it wanted which is their #1 draft pick playing. Then we find out (1) if the pick was worth it and (2) is he ready to play now.
    The fact that GB management appears not to be able to deal with superstars is a future problem. Hope they learn from this mess they created.

  29. The details of the deal were news, particularly the five year lock, which is significant not only because Rodgers turned down being the highest paid player, which would therefore eclipse Mahomes’ AAV, but it also reflects what the Packers see in Jordan Love.

    And, it is also very significant because why on earth would Rodgers report to camp under his existing contract, if he could report for camp with a five year deal with a higher AAV than Patrick Mahomes?

    In other words, this little tidbit of news makes it all the more unlikely Rodgers reports to camp next week.

  30. Had the Packers drafted someone USEful, instead of Jordan Love, they might have scored a TD on that last red zone against the Bucs. Rodgers was thinking of nothing else when they kicked that useless field goal

  31. Either way the Packers roster is not elite far from it not good enough to win a SB thanks to our below average GM .

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 20, 2021 at 1:35 pm
    After spending enough years in green bay this sort of thing is bound to happen. It happened with Favre. It happened with Rodgers. It will happen again and again
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You’re saying the Packers will have a HOF quarterback problem every sixteen years? And the problem is what again?

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