Tension still lingers between Aaron Rodgers, Packers

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They may have hammered out the terms of a revised contract and the player may be in camp with the rest of the team, but there’s still tension between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

The latest flash point came from Thursday’s comment by Packers G.M. Brian Gutekunst that the team “may alter” the Rodgers contract to eliminate the 2023 season. Per a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the team already had tendered to Rodgers — two days earlier — a proposed contract that wipes out the 2023 year.

Paragraph 8 of the proposed contract, a copy of which PFT has obtained, provides that if Rodgers is on the roster on the seventh day preceding the 2023 league year, the 2023 contract year “shall immediately and automatically be null and void without the necessity of notice from either party.”

The gratuitous remark from Gutekunst, which created the impression that perhaps the team won’t wipe out the third and final year remaining on the contract, created frustration within the Rodgers camp. Whether Rodgers himself was upset isn’t known.

However, given that he reportedly has not yet signed the revised deal, maybe he should wait until after he has told reporters that he “may” do so.

31 responses to “Tension still lingers between Aaron Rodgers, Packers

  1. Automatically voiding 2023 if he hasn’t been traded means no one will give the Packers anything for him. That is a non=starter. I would agree to make a good faith effort to trade him, to one of the teams of his choice, but it would be foolish to give away value.

  2. The Goat has been subjected to constant bungling by the Packer management. Brady had Belichek all those years. Brady is not even half as good as the Goat.

  3. dirkspunk says:
    July 29, 2021 at 5:12 pm
    The Goat has been subjected to constant bungling by the Packer management. Brady had Belichek all those years. Brady is not even half as good as the Goat.

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    Didn’t that argument go out the window when Brady won without Belichick & Belichick did not win without Brady?

    Brady would have made McCarthy the winningest coach in NFL history.

  4. The Packer front office couldn’t find their way out of a phone booth with a flashlight, a map, and a Bloodhound.

  5. Tends to happen when on your first day back to work you have a press conference centered around bashing your employers.

  6. What it sounds like… and I could be very wrong… is that if Rodgers gets traded before the 7th day of the next NFL “year,” whoever gets him will get him under what would then be a 2-year contract. If the Pack doesn’t trade him, he’d be under a 1-year deal with the Pack. Seems like they’re working under the assumption that Rodgers, tied to a 2-year contract, would be more valuable to the new team, and therefore the Packers would get more for him in trade.

    For Rodgers, the downside is that he’d get traded and still be tied to a two-year contract at that point, instead of being a free agent and being able to negotiate his own deal.

    I am really starting to dislike the Packers front office.

  7. Don’t understand why people think just because he has a poor relationship with the front office it will have an affect on the season. Gutekunst admits he tries not to get close to players and will be on the road scouting anyway. Rodgers has a great relationship with coaches and other players. That what matters.

  8. If I were the GM I’d have made him play out his current contract if he wanted to play because with the way things are working now days the next QB is going to get a bigger contract and the one after him an even bigger contract and I wouldn’t be giving any QB a new contract every time someone else got a bigger contract than my QB!

    You signed the contract, abide by it until the final year and then we’ll talk, not with 2-4yrs left on it!

  9. This year’s Packer linebacking corp should include T.J. Watt and Patrick Queen, plus two additional players – both who would have been drafted in the 4th round in 2017 and 2020. But none of this is true – why?
    The Packers didn’t take Watt in 2017 … instead, they traded out of the first round – taking Kevin King in the 2nd, and drafted Vince Biegel with the extra 4th round they picked up. Then … they cut Biegel after one season, kissing that 4th round pick away. The Packers did not draft Patrick Queen in the first round of the 2020 draft … instead, they traded the 30th pick in the first round to the Dolphins for the 26th pick and also kissed away a 4th round pick to boot – in order to draft Jordan Love.
    So, instead of Watt, Queen, and 2 additional players … we have King and Love. And now, two years running, we’ve lost the NFC championship game, and along with it … a chance to win a 5th Super Bowl title. Depressing.

  10. Gutekunst was being truthful at the time. If, as it now seems, they had not yet executed the new contractual arrangement, then it was accurate for him to carefully say “they may” alter the terms of the 2023 year. He was not going to state he had done it before he had done it, lest he anger the Rodgers camp again with, well, anything he might say when asked. This is nothing. They knew they had plans to remove that third remaining year, but they had not executed it yet. Until a deal is done, it ain’t done. Gute probably knew there may have been more details to iron out before he unilaterally declared the last year gone, before it was contractually gone. If he said it was gone before it was gone, he could have compromised his own leverage or annoyed ARod with sloppy, premature declarations.

  11. dirkspunk says:
    July 29, 2021 at 5:12 pm
    The Goat has been subjected to constant bungling by the Packer management. Brady had Belichek all those years. Brady is not even half as good as the Goat.
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    One SB ring and Rodgers has had twice the offensive weapons that Brady has, GOAT my ( ! )

  12. “Randall Cobb better brace to be cut if this deal falls through”. His contract is guaranteed, he’s not getting cut. Vikings have now won zero Super Bowls.

  13. I wonder how Jordan Love feels. It wouldn’t surprise me if he wants out. Why on earth would you give away a first and a fourth round pick to move up to draft a QB, when you have an existing MVP QB, and your team is only one or two players away from another super bowl. Instead of drafting those two crucial pieces, you draft a QB that you don’t even want on the field. I guess the most shocking thing in this whole deal is nobody has been fired. I mean, what a huge blunder. Obvious Mark Murphy is incompetent, but there’s no owner, so he keeps his job. What a circus.

  14. Didn’t see much “tension” when Gute and Aaron were talking and laughing at practice today.

  15. jrterrier5 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 6:13 pm
    dirkspunk says:
    July 29, 2021 at 5:12 pm
    The Goat has been subjected to constant bungling by the Packer management. Brady had Belichek all those years. Brady is not even half as good as the Goat.

    —-

    Didn’t that argument go out the window when Brady won without Belichick & Belichick did not win without Brady?

    Brady would have made McCarthy the winningest coach in NFL history.

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    Brady is the goat but that’s a stretch him being able to make McCarthy the winningest coach. Also how would’ve he handled a roster built only the through the draft and signing ufa’s or capers bottom of the barrel defenses

  16. This one is cornfusing. By eliminating the 3rd year, they make Rodgers available for nothing. Ya you would get a supplemental from the league, but no team is ponying up picks knowing on date X you can have him for nothing? I must have something wrong here.
    Heck trade him now, take your lumps and get some value.

  17. As long as Aaron Rodgers is breathing there will be tension. He is a drama queen. Whenever he moves on to another team he will take it with him… just watch.

  18. I don’t blame GB front office for planning for the future, that’s their job too. Like it or not, Rodgers had three consecutive ‘down’ years for him, throwing only 16, 25 and 26 TDs at ages 34,35 and 36. He was trending down no matter how you look at it and not getting younger. So they trade for a future replacement, it made sense at the time to me. Rodgers then went out and had one of his best seasons ever which certainly threw planning/timing off…..a lot.

    I’d trust the GB front office, they drafted Rodgers back when Favre could still play and I’d say it worked out pretty well. In fact, given the 30 year stretch of QB play they’ve had I’d continue to follow the process. Sure it would be nice to squeeze another championship out with Rodgers at the helm but let’s not act like they’ve given him nothing to work with here. Does he need an All-Pro at every position in football on both sides to feel respected? As the QB he has multiple all pro lineman protecting him, all pro WR to throw to, stud RB to hand off to and an emerging TE. I mean geesh, plenty of QBs have succeeded with less,

  19. Every intelligent analyst has stated how well AR presented himself and his issues at his press conference. Many have stated that it was the best press conference ever by an athlete. And almost all of the reasonable observers have agreed with points raised by AR. Yet the overwhelming reaction of commenters here has been negative. Most have defaulted to the simplistic “he’s an employee, he should act like one” mentality. It is absolutely amazing how so many people believe that they should have no control over their lives. They whine about the government allegedly controlling them, yet they happily accede to having no say about what happens to them in their daily lives.

  20. Wait. Are you trying to tell us Rodgers is holding a grudge against somebody?! I don’t believe it!!!

  21. The Packers should have traded him when his value was sky high and got a haul for him and setting them up for the future. Now they have a disgruntled QB for 1 year with a significant lower trade value, that is if if he doesn’t retire next season. Hard to understand the logic in Green Bay, they must be terrified to play a season without Rodgers.

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