Aaron Rodgers is once again playing word games

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Aaron Rodgers‘s penchant for precision in language became obvious last year, when he deliberately obfuscated his vaccination status by saying “yeah, I’ve been immunized” and playing gotcha with reporters who failed to ask a follow-up question premised on the possibility that Rodgers was playing word games regarding whether he’d gotten his shots. He clearly was playing word games.

He’s doing it again. His Twitter post announcing his plan to play for the Packers in 2022 quibbles with the notion that he “signed” a new contract, and with the report that it’s a four-year, $200 million deal.

“Hey everyone, just wanted to clear some things up; YES I will be playing with the [Packers] next year, however, reports about me signing a contract are inaccurate, as are the supposed terms of the contract I ‘signed.’ I’m very excited to be back,” Rodgers wrote.

First of all, no one reported that Rodgers actually “signed” the contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media (the first non-McAfee person to report the news) said that Rodgers “agreed to terms.” This means there’s a deal, but that the paperwork has yet to be signed. It’s not uncommon to say that a player has “agreed to terms” before he actually puts pen to paper. So his decision to take issue with the technicality that he hasn’t “signed” is technically inaccurate, because no one said he did.

Second, as to the terms of the agreement, there’s often an inaccuracy or two between the initial reports and the official terms. Reported as a four-year, $200 million contract, it’s apparently a four-year, $200 million extension, making it (perhaps) a five-year, $226.47 million contract. Or maybe there’s some other minor issue, a rounding error or whatever. Regardless, Rodgers got paid — and the details eventually will be precisely known.

Looking at it more broadly, WHY DOES HE CAREHe’s staying in Green Bay. Surely, he’s not staying without a new contract that reduces his $46.66 million cap number. Why does he have to be “that guy” and take issue with meaningless details?

It serves only to confuse Packers fans, who will now wonder whether truly he has agreed to remain with the team beyond 2022, and whether the team has secured any cap relief at all.

A cynic would say that Rodgers was simply looking for attention after having his decision to return leapfrogged by the news that the Broncos traded for Russell Wilson, along with the not-so-subtle suggestion that Wilson was Plan A, not Plan B, for Nathaniel Hackett’s new team. Regardless, it’s entirely possible that Rodgers can be both one of the great quarterbacks of all time and extremely petty. His decision to take issue with stupid details about his inevitable new deal with the Packers makes him the GOAT, when it comes to worrying about meaningless details.

79 responses to “Aaron Rodgers is once again playing word games

  1. Green Bay is paying $50M/year to a guy who probably gets you one playoff win/year.

  2. I guess it was too easy and normal to just say something like “Excited to be back with the Packers. Let’s get to work.”

  3. I think a team would be hard pressed to win paying a QB 50MM.
    As good as the QB is, when you add in another > 50MM for the Oline, you don’t have much left over, and will have many replacement level players.

  4. Green Bay is paying $50M/year to a guy who probably gets you one playoff win/year.

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    There are about 20 teams out there that would love to get at least one playoff win a year for 50 mil.

  5. Why does he have to be “that guy” and take issue with meaningless details?
    +++++
    It’s funny when one “that guy” is upset at the other “that guy” who does the same thing.

  6. Too bad he didn’t announce his retirement. That would make most football fans happy to rid themselves of another self centred person.

  7. Pedantry is all the rage these days, especially with dumb people on the internet

  8. Why does everybody think that he is smart? I know a lot of people who can read Jeopardy questions, perform adequately in TV commercials, and still obfuscate reality when it comes to science. If he is smart, then he’s not educated.

  9. The media screwed up the initial reporting. But yeah let’s blame Rodgers for pointing out that they screwed up the reporting.

  10. Just think.. Florida has no income tax.. Brady left millions on the table.

    Bruce Arians must be a mega blow hard.

  11. I’m so tired of this media created Aaron Rogers story. This whole drama about whether he’d comeback or not didn’t matter unless he didn’t tell the team by the deadline. The press couldn’t wait to see if that happened, so they’ve talked about it incessantly. So the day comes, he tells the Packers he’s playing, much to the presses chagrin. So we have a new “story.”

  12. Blah blah blah. Rodgers was immunized. Just because it wasn’t the “approved” immunizations, doesn’t mean he wasn’t immunized to protect himself. You don’t know whether or not the immunization he got is effective or not. Why? Because they won’t test it to find out. He seemed to do just fine when he had covid. A lot better than others who got the “approved” mRNA jabs. Give it a freaking rest already, will ya?

  13. Maybe it’s because he had to put up with all of your vaccine hate for a year, because he didn’t want to take an experimental shot that has turned out to be exponentially less effective than what the “experts” were claiming it was. And now he’s enjoying pointing out more nonsense? Maybe. Just maybe.

  14. Hey remember when there was so little drama with that guy before Rodgers, Brett Favre??

  15. He is the ultimate Drama Queen. He just craves attention. He puts more effort and emphasis on winning the league MVP every year than he does on winning a Super Bowl. Good luck Green Bay with that contract – he will be injured by October.

  16. He swims in a river of semantics like an ex lover trying to explain their whereabouts last night.

  17. To the rest of you NFL fans: Us Packer fans are getting really sick of this diva’s BS. Sick of him being coddled, holding the whole team hostage, and making this all about him. He’s got more money that he could ever spend, along with his kid’s kid’s kid’s children. I get sick of these players with more money that they’ll ever need bullying the rest of the league. Watch for a one and done in the playoffs next year along with him taking his $50 million and retiring.

  18. He’s a drama queen. He obviously wasn’t going to retire the same year as Brady. Then wanted to wait until the Brady talk died down before releasing his news, just to get looked past because of Wilson. When he goes 1 and done again this year in the playoffs he will again toy with the idea of retiring just to keep the drama going, he saw Favre do it and he wants to have the same attention

  19. cobrala2 says:
    March 8, 2022 at 8:21 pm
    Green Bay is paying $50M/year to a guy who probably gets you one playoff win/year.
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    …or you could pay Kirk Cousins/Dak Prescott money to get you zero playoff wins.

  20. Actually, he said very little this offseason, and made a decision in the timeframe he said he would. Press is just mad because there was no drama despite the best efforts of the media to manufacture some.

  21. I don’t think there will ever be a more insufferable NFL player than this dude.

  22. He couldn’t retire because Brady did it first. And now he can’t be in the spotlight because Russ got traded today. The dude is so very desperate to be the center of attention, so he announced he’s “back”. Bro, you never went anywhere. Should all players under contract now tweet out they are “back”?

  23. Rodgers knew where he was signing all along. He’s just using the media for attention.

  24. rk says:
    March 8, 2022 at 8:32 pm
    Green Bay is paying $50M/year to a guy who probably gets you one playoff win/year.

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    There are about 20 teams out there that would love to get at least one playoff win a year for 50 mil.
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    Again excuses for this guy. Packer fans all brag about how great he is and he chokes every year. Oh but he’s got back to back MVP trophies….so what! So how does dude become the highest paid ever after one super Bowl win 12 yeas ago, being 7-9 in the play off since then, cannot beat the 9ers, didn’t even finish in the top 10 in statistic wise get a contract like he did. We all know why…..GB needs to keep butts in the bleachers and they ain’t gonna do it with Love. Better to give false hope than to lose bank.

  25. the not-so-subtle suggestion that Wilson was Plan A, not Plan B,
    +++++
    But Plan A just coincidentally was announced shortly after Plan B was no longer an option. Suuuure.

  26. This is one of my all-time favorite Florio articles. Yes, I appreciate Rodgers’ greatness. But his thirst for attention is laughable. Bravo to Florio for calling Rodgers out on yet another one of his ridiculous antics.

  27. The Broncos were clearly waiting to see what Rodgers did before trading for Russell Wilson, come on. It couldn’t be more obvious. They didn’t have to wait to announce the trade for Wilson until today unless they were waiting for Rodgers decision.

    Nobody in their right mind should prefer Russell Wilson over Aaron Rodgers based on the last few years. I realize Wilson has more years left (probably) but Rodgers is in another tier. Denver clearly preferred Rodgers, and when he decided to stay in GB, they took the deal with Seattle.

  28. If Wilson wins a SB in denver next year Rodgers head will literally explode. Grease and man bun will be everywhere

  29. So a 4 yr, 200m *extension* that begins in 2023? With $146m of that sum guaranteed? He turns 40 in 2023.That’s $146m in guaranteed money for a 40 year old. One who is not Tom Brady.

    He’s been the starter in Green Bay for 14 seasons now. It’s been a dozen years since their one and only SB appearance during that era. They are 7-9 in the playoffs since then and Rodgers has played very poorly in recent playoff games.

    They already weren’t good enough with him….so what exactly is the plan to improve here?

  30. Let’s not use the term GOAT with Rodgers, ok? He’s very good, but no Brady. Time to move on…

  31. There are about 20 teams out there that would love to get at least one playoff win a year for 50 mil.

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    Um. He didn’t get one playoff win this past season. In fact, he had as many as Kirk Cousins.

  32. He just can’t have enough attention before he loses another home playoff game next year

  33. Word games is right. When McAfee texted him to find out if the report a few weeks ago, that he wanted to be the highest paid player, were true, he responded “categorically false”. I said then, that sounds a lot like “Yeah, I’ve been immunized”. What’s next if he’s pressed on this?…let me guess…”well categorically speaking, there were several things that came into play in my decision, not just the money”. I hope 199 million of this contract is paid for him to keep his mouth shut for 4 years.

  34. I feel bad for the Packets fans who are pretty much forced into rooting for this guy.

  35. The announcement should have said he will be paid $50 Million to lose to the Niners in the playoffs each year.

  36. 7 and 9 in last 16 playoff games (a full season’s worth)…he’s the James Harden of the NFL

  37. Russell Wilson stole Aaron’s thunder today,so he had to create something to complain about. His craving for attention never goes away. It’s gotten pretty old.

  38. Jeez, I actually wish the Vikings had drafted him in 2005. They had the chance to do so.

  39. God, I wish the Packers could trade Rodgers for a 1960 iteration of Bart Starr. So sick of this prima donna, even if he wins another Super Bowl.

  40. A year ago I liked this guy and thought he was smart.

    Now? Can’t stand him. Please go away already.

  41. Rodgers “chose” to stay in Green Bay because there wasn’t any real interest in giving up a “boatload” of draft picks AND pay a soon to be 39 year old QB with a 10+ year history of choking in the playoffs $200 million dollars over the next 4 years.

    Gutekunst said no one had called to inquire about trading for Rodgers and I think that was a true statement. What’s amazing is how much Gutey had to pay sensitive Aaron in a bidding war against himself to keep Aaron from retiring and avoid having Jordan Love be the Packers 2022 starter.

    Seattle, like Detroit last year with Stafford, was able to pull off the trade because all that was involved was a trade of picks (and or players) because the QB was under contract for the next two years and Wilson (age 33) wasn’t demanding an extension to pad his ego like Rodgers was.

    Old man Rodgers is upset that on “his” big day he only got minutes of attention because Wilson, Seattle and Denver upstaged him.

    I’m happy for Russ and Denver.

    I hope that Rodgers continues to bleed the Packers of any chance for a SB trophy for the duration of his last contract (whatever the actual details are – most likely very close to what has been reported). The Packers may not even make the playoffs again during the balance of Rodgers contract.

  42. I agree completely with Florio. Why not take advantage of the soapbox opportunity and clarify the details if the details are supposedly wrong? What’s with this guy?

  43. The big story was Russel Wilson that sure hurt that lying diva having the spotlight taken away from him .

  44. My fervent desire is for Brady to sign with the 49ers and have him beat Rodgers one more time in the playoffs and then Brady and Wilson go at it in the Super Bowl! Sure would do my heart good to see Rodgers suck one more time!

  45. A lot of money for a top three rated regular season QB. I guess the playoff record never came into discussion.

  46. I so want to thank the 3 stooges, Gute, Murph, and Flower. Can’t wait to laugh at the Cheeseheads who only go to the NFC N.

  47. I bet he is so jealous of both Wilson and Brady right now. Brady for what he’s done and Wilson for what will soon be happening. Meanwhile he’ll get all his ceiling allows: more regular season accolades and another playoff exit with a #1 seeding.

  48. therealraider says:
    March 8, 2022 at 8:49 pm
    Just think.. Florida has no income tax.. Brady left millions on the table.

    Bruce Arians must be a mega blow hard.
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    TB12’s wife makes significantly more money than he does in any given year. Thats why he was OK making less in NE and why your statement doesnt hold water. Tom makes generational money. Gisele Makes cooperate generational money.

  49. bubbasmithguy says:
    March 8, 2022 at 10:53 pm
    There are about 20 teams out there that would love to get at least one playoff win a year for 50 mil.

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    Um. He didn’t get one playoff win this past season. In fact, he had as many as Kirk Cousins.
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    And, he has 2 playoff wins in the last 4 years. What’s that, about $80 mil in salary per win?

  50. I feel bad for the Packets fans who are pretty much forced into rooting for this guy.
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    The hardest thing to deal with, for me anyway, I just don’t see how the team is going get to the Super Bowl after 2 years where the table was set perfectly for them.

  51. People complaining about the media sensationalism don’t seem to understand how important the media narrative is/was to A-Aron’s negotiating stance. The 200 million wouldn’t be so much if not for the fine work we see above. Funny how these things dovetail…

  52. For every year Rodgers fails to win a SuperBowl in Green Bay, that’s another year no other team from the NFCN will either. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success is still Aaron Rodgers. Get in line, nothing has changed.

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