Packers still hold the contractual cards in their relationship with Aaron Rodgers

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Despite Wednesday’s memorable press conference from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who personally confirmed many of the reports and rumors about his attitude toward the Green Bay front office, the Green Bay front office still holds all the cards in its relationship with Rodgers.

Via Albert Breer of SI.com, G.M. Brian Gutekunst told reporters on Thursday that Rodgers still have three years left on his contract “at the moment,” and that “we may alter that.”

We MAY alter that? Getting the third year of the current deal ripped up was the only concession Rodgers secured as a result of his standoff with the team, and now he may not even be getting that.

Indeed, what’s he going to do if the Packers refuse to eventually alter the deal? If, after all, they plan to consider trading him after the 2021 season, they’ll get more if they trade him with two years left on his deal than with only one. Maybe, now that Rodgers is back, that’s sinking in. Maybe, after Rodgers said what he said about the front office on Wednesday, the Packers woke up on Thursday feeling less inclined to reduce non-binding verbal promises to writing.

Gutekunst also said that, even if the contract is revised, it won’t be a one-year contract. He said that in response to the question of whether Rodgers is a lame-duck quarterback.

But contract length doesn’t matter. If it’s his last year, it’s his last year, contract terms be damned. The mere fact that the two sides seem to be operating from different talking points shows that, even though he showed up, there’s plenty of dysfunction between player and organization. Any success the team has in 2021 will occur not because of that situation but despite it.

53 responses to “Packers still hold the contractual cards in their relationship with Aaron Rodgers

  1. Any minor bumps or bruises could result in an IR trip for Rodgers if this doesn’t get fixed. No reason for him to put his body on the line if the team can’t honor their word.

  2. The Packers have always had all the leverage with Rodgers. He gave that up by signing the $134M contract extension in 2018. Quit whining and play football.

  3. It will go on all year. Every loss, Rodgers will be questioned and he won’t like it.

    When Brady Diva’d out in 2019, he pulled a tude all year even after wins.

  4. Trade him after this year for 3 first round picks to a bottom barrel team and we can draft a bonefide number 1 QB if Love is not that guy. Pack is in an excellent postion.

  5. Having GM Rodgers ripping the front office for being mean to character guys while the front office plays Sgt Shultz sounds like Rodgers gets his way. Same with Rodgers ripping green Bay as not a vacation spot and Packer fans falling all over themselves for rodgers

  6. Rodgers does have leverage, but it’s only of a nuclear nature. If he was so inclined he could sabotage the Packers for years to come by starting the season and getting “hurt”. Then they’re on the hook for that cap money. Or they could cut him and he gets to choose another team. If they try to trade him he could have his agent tell every other NFL team that if he gets traded he’ll retire on the spot. Of course any goodwill he has would be gone and his reputation would suffer greatly so I don’t think he’d do any of that.

    His best revenge is coming back, having another MVP type season and winning a Superbowl. And then watching from Pittsburgh while Jordan Love proves that Gutie is not a good judge of quarterbacks.

  7. I listened to the entirety of Rodgers’ news conference. Did anyone else commenting here do this?

    I thought that AR made a number of valid points. His eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice and choice of words showed sincerity.

    On the other hand, I listened to Mark Murphy at the shareholders meeting. Murphy was evasive, shifty and his voice inflection was untrustworthy.

    Murphy is the problem. He needed to go several years ago. And then again there is the “Board of Directors,” who are really nothing more than a bunch of figureheads.

    A housecleaning needs to happen in GB. And it needs to start with Murphy.

  8. Rodgers has played this all wrong. He should have shown up at the first OTA pulled a hammy or his back in the first five minutes.

    That was the only leverage he had. If he were smart, he still has time to pull something…

  9. Nonsense, that has to change. I need to have a word with my agent.

  10. touchback6 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 10:25 am
    It will go on all year. Every loss, Rodgers will be questioned and he won’t like it.

    When Brady Diva’d out in 2019, he pulled a tude all year even after wins.

    ——-

    I still remember when BB “pulled a tude” and tanked a winnable SB to stroke his ego…

  11. 50stars

    You think he’s worth 3 first round picks after this year? He isn’t worth that now with his age and questionable commitment to the game longterm. Delusional.

  12. “If, after all, they plan to consider trading him after the 2021 season, they’ll get more if they trade him with two years left on his deal than with only one”
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    That’s not true because any team that trades for him know they would have to negotiate a new contract whether he has 1 or 2 years left. The only reason 1 or 2 makes a difference is if Rodgers digs in his feet next offseason and wants to be traded but isnt he could then wait into the regular season until the last date possible to report while still accruing a year of service/satisfying the last yr of his contracr.

  13. I’m guessing the Packers and Rodgers are both taking a wait-and-see position, and are in agreement to do so. Let’s say they win the SuperBowl. Rodgers will want to stay and go for two in a row, and the Packers will want the same thing. This means; he ain’t going anywhere. Let’s say he gets hurt and retires. OK…. The plan is in-place. Let’s say Rodgers is still playing at a high level but the Packers go 8-8. OK, send him packing wherever he wants and get whatever you can and Rodgers gives it a try with the latest contender in-need of an experienced QB. Win-win-win.

  14. I think the Packers are going to have a hard time attracting free agents in the future for anything other than a financial premium. Does anyone remember Belichick realizing he couldn’t win as the Jets head coach because of the higher ups in the organization? It’s the same thing here. I could imagine someone from the Packers approaching Brady to play for them, and Brady thinking it over for all of 15 seconds and then politely shaking his head, “No.”

  15. Quite the mess in Packerland. Who wants to play hard for a team that has a QB that doesn’t want to be there and and #1 WR who doesn’t want to be there. Look for the Packers to miss the playoffs, lose their top players next year and back to the 70s for the Cheesers…and they deserve it.

  16. The only ones who agree with Rodgers is the media and former/current players. The common thread here is that they are all overpaid. The rest of us who work our a$$ off for a living have no sympathy.

  17. Imagine if Bart Starr had walked up to Lombardi and told him his personnel decisions stunk. Or Favre walked up to Ron Wolf and said he wanted input on personnel decisions.

    At what point is AR just not worth the pain?

  18. This is going to work big-time in his favor. They have to trade in him after this season! Why? For the simple fact that they will get a ton of picks for him! If they say He is under contract for 2022 then not only will they get nothing for him, but he can play for anyone after that. Minnesota or Washington, etc… What if they win the Superbowl? Packers decide It’s love time! How dumb is that?

  19. Rodgers wants (figuratively speaking) a key to the executive washroom. He wants his opinions to be considered. Does performance by a player warrant this level of influence? Not in my (corporate) world, it does not. Sorry!

  20. I’m old enough to remember when Rodgers said that Green Bay is not a ‘vacation destination’ and that people come to Green Bay to play with him.

    Also old enough to hear Devante Adams say that he has earned the right to be the highest paid WR in the NFL & he’s not taking less money just so he can play with Rodgers.

    But that was yesterday so who knows what tomorrow will bring.

  21. harryhodag says:
    July 29, 2021 at 12:41 pm
    Imagine if Bart Starr had walked up to Lombardi and told him his personnel decisions stunk. Or Favre walked up to Ron Wolf and said he wanted input on personnel decisions.

    At what point is AR just not worth the pain?

    Can’t imagine Belichick sitting for one moment while Brady, even after winning 6 SBs, stood in front of the cameras and bad-mouthed him for trading away all his favorites before Brady was through playing with them.

  22. Same with Rodgers ripping green Bay as not a vacation spot and Packer fans falling all over themselves for rodgers
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    Dude, you talk more about Rodgers than any Packer fan, so that last statement is pretty ironic.

    And every Packer fan and citizen of Green Bay knows it’s not a destination spot. We like it that way.

  23. At what point is AR just not worth the pain?
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    When his TD to Int ratio drops below 5:1

    It’s funny how everyone gets in such a tizzy because Rodgers just wants to have a voice in the team he loves but when Brady basically forces TB to bring in an accused rapist and known scumbag everyone calls him the goat.

  24. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 29, 2021 at 10:49 am
    Having GM Rodgers ripping the front office for being mean to character guys while the front office plays Sgt Shultz sounds like Rodgers gets his way. Same with Rodgers ripping green Bay as not a vacation spot and Packer fans falling all over themselves for rodgers
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I think this can be filed under wishing, hoping, and praying.

  25. Yes the Packers still hold the contractual cards regarding MVP quaterback Aaron Rodgers. However the corporate management of the Packers organization has been negatively exposed. Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady as elite quarterbacks both have leverage with player personnel. Rodgers and the Packers lost in the conference championship to Tom Brady who clearly had influence in recruiting a troubled WR Antonio Brown to assist in the playoffs and Super Bowl.

  26. Seems like all the kerfuffle could be settled with the revised (agreed in principal) contract before the season starts. Without that, nothing has really changed.

    Can murph and gutes really want this to continue into the season? It’s on them completely to put this to rest now.

  27. pkrlvr says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:24 pm
    At what point is AR just not worth the pain?
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    When his TD to Int ratio drops below 5:1

    It’s funny how everyone gets in such a tizzy because Rodgers just wants to have a voice in the team he loves but when Brady basically forces TB to bring in an accused rapist
    ———
    He never asked for packer hall of fame member and fan favorite in Wi Chmura to come out of retirement.

  28. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:45 pm
    Seems like all the kerfuffle could be settled with the revised (agreed in principal) contract before the season starts. Without that, nothing has really changed.

    Can murph and gutes really want this to continue into the season? It’s on them completely to put this to rest now.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    What’s the rush?

  29. >> I still remember when BB “pulled a tude” and tanked a winnable SB to stroke his ego…

    I always shake my head when people want to take away the depth of people and cast them as very shallow people with simply motivations. Do you really think that BB is going to work for 8 months straight ridiculous hours to “tank a winnable SB to stroke his ego”? Tank? Really? Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the decision, give him some credit. BB had his reasons for doing what he did and I have no doubt that he considered it the best move for the team. After the superbowl victories, when the announcers try to give him credit, he immediate deflects to the players. After losses, he points at himself first. He may have an ego, maybe even a big one, but I haven’t seen it driving his decisions. In terms of AR, I wouldn’t doubt if his position is a lot more reasonable than is portrayed by many comments here.

  30. stellarperformance says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:07 pm
    Rodgers wants (figuratively speaking) a key to the executive washroom. He wants his opinions to be considered. Does performance by a player warrant this level of influence? Not in my (corporate) world, it does not. Sorry!
    —————————————-

    I agree with this totally. Yes you are the face of the franchise, MVP etc etc. But its not time to play Junior GM. Let those guys heads be on the chopping block if this go pear shaped. Just worry about playing ball and maybe drop hints here and there who you would like to see your organization get. Right now you’re a QB, wanna play GM then wait until you retire.

  31. The Pack and likely most cheesers got the result they wanted, which is for sure one more year of Rodgers and a legit SB chance. The penance will be 7 months of “will he or won’t he”. I honestly wonder if it will be worth it.

  32. The Green Bay Organization has done nothing for The Goat. They have wasted his time and talents, not to mention he is a Genius IQ.
    Brady know Rodgers is the Goat.

  33. Terrible leadership all around. An embarrassment. If your leadership at work acted this way, you would hate it there too. 100% management leadership problem and any leader that says otherwise is probably an ineffective leader as well. So freaking frustrated. Top players in every industry are very hard to come by, you have to make sure they’re tucked in. You have to listen to them and ensure they know they’ve been heard (even if you go in a diff direction). You have to communicate direction with context.

    I always though the lack of an owner was an advantage for GB; Ive changed my mind.

  34. The Green Bay Organization has done nothing for The Goat. They have wasted his time and talents, not to mention he is a Genius IQ.
    Brady know Rodgers is the Goat.

    His genius IQ? well that was on full display with his negotiations…. not.

  35. Like a dog with a bone, Florio won’t let go of the notion that the Packers hold the upper hand vs. Rodgers. Behind the scenes, Rodgers and his agent got what Brady did: one more season, no tag and essential freedom to re-sign with the team [whereas Brady wanted to get free of Belichick] or leave via trade.

  36. No perfect actors here in GB administration or Rodgers and agent–some clumsiness all around.

    I heard this from Rodgers yesterday, “I’m not a victim in this. I’ve made a lot of money here. I’ve been fortunation to start for 14 years. It’s a business.”

    He gave up some flexibility in 2018 when he took in about $75 million. He has a great memory and knows that.

    Play ball this year. If you can’t work it out in 2022, move on. It’s a business.

  37. Can we please stop hearing all about the travails of “poor little Aaron” and his trial and tribulations. Who really cares!!! it’s time this whiney little brat was left to suffer the consequences of his self-important ego!

  38. You think he’s worth 3 first round picks after this year? He isn’t worth that now with his age and questionable commitment to the game longterm. Delusional.

    Look, Rodgers is a known commodity, and one of the best in the league at his position. Conversely, two thirds of the league is comprised of 3rd round picks and lower, with 1st round draft picks being lottery tickets at best. Rogers is easily worth 3 of those picks. Some team will trade for him next season.

  39. bondlake says:
    July 29, 2021 at 11:13 am
    I listened to the entirety of Rodgers’ news conference. Did anyone else commenting here do this?

    I thought that AR made a number of valid points. His eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice and choice of words showed sincerity.
    //////////
    Lol. What a goof. Even if you interview/interrogate people for a living, you cannot derive this from watching a news conference on your TV. The merely fact that you even tried this garbage take tells me you do not in fact interview/interrogate people for a living.

  40. stack44 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:07 pm
    Like a dog with a bone, Florio won’t let go of the notion that the Packers hold the upper hand vs. Rodgers. Behind the scenes, Rodgers and his agent got what Brady did: one more season, no tag and essential freedom to re-sign with the team [whereas Brady wanted to get free of Belichick] or leave via trade.
    ///////
    Ummmm……nope. Brady was a free agent. Rodgers is under contract for 3 more seasons. I have no idea what “freedom to re-sign with the team” means for a guy thats under contract. And, any player has the freedom to re-sign with his team, if the team actually wants him.

  41. hello i says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:04 pm
    The Green Bay Organization has done nothing for The Goat. They have wasted his time and talents, not to mention he is a Genius IQ.
    Brady know Rodgers is the Goat.
    ////////
    I’m trying to pretend you’re joking here, but I just can’t. You’re actually serious. Seriously wrong, in a big time way. Since when does losing many NFCCG’s become a better career record than winning 7 SB’s? In what world?

  42. pkrlvr says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:24 pm
    At what point is AR just not worth the pain?
    —-
    When his TD to Int ratio drops below 5:1
    ////////
    Well, at least he has that on his way to losing his fourth NFCCG last year. I mean, I thought you guys said winning was the only thing that mattered. Here we are seeing you never meant it.

  43. A further concession, and what appears to be most important to Aaron based on what he said at his press conference, is getting that seat at the table when personnel matters are being considered. Not running the show; just being heard, being part of the discussion. How well that translates into practice will go a long way to determining what happens after the season.

  44. You continue to call this dysfunctional. In what way? Every team is year to year. It’s the NFL, the league of no guarantees. Except the bad teams, no discussion of their dysfunction. Not quite as interesting at the bottom of the league eh?

  45. I too listened to his briefing and listened between the words as to what wasnt being said directly. This is all about him a) demanding to have a say in who they draft and free agents b) him having a say in how much they should be paying to get talent c) Him seeking guarantee’s that he cant be cut and having a secure future with the packers.
    I totally disagreed with all of it, no player not even Brady should have a say in football operations, draft, payroll, acquisition’s. They have people in charge of this and they control the purse strings not Rodgers. What a fake

  46. The Packers have been primarily a draft-and-develop team since Ted Thompson was GM. It now looks like they will have no choice since no top free agent is going to consider playing for Green Bay with the current front office mess.

  47. This crapola he is worth three first round picks, aint happening. I see him definitely going at the end of the season, the pack org is cheap, they play cheap ball and will NOT let and out sider get them to spend money they dont have. Yes he was correct they let a lot of players with talent leave not wanting to pony up to the bar for mo money. This isnt even a question.
    But he has assured by attacking the money men who perserve the profitts of the team, that he is gone.
    I would guess he would be worth a one, and a three and a four pick, not all in the same year. No way he gets 3 ones, he will be 39 next year.

  48. Any minor bumps or bruises could result in an IR trip for Rodgers if this doesn’t get fixed. No reason for him to put his body on the line if the team can’t honor their word.
    —————————
    Except to win a championship and be there for his teammates and not punk out cause of the FO.

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