Aaron Rodgers continues to hold all the cards regarding his future

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As reports mount regarding the possibility that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be traded and/or the question of whether the Packers will refuse to trade him to an NFC team, there’s one very important thing to remember.

Aaron Rodgers holds all the cards.

He has a fully-guaranteed compensation package of $58.3 million in 2023. If the Packers want to avoid that obligation, they need to trade him where he wants to go. If that’s in the NFC, so be it.

Rodgers has the ultimate hammer. He can tell the Packers, “I’m not leaving.” He can force the Packers to pay him all that money, even if they’d rather turn the page to Jordan Love.

As Rodgers said on Tuesday, none of the machinations matter until he decides whether he wants to play. Then comes the question of whether he’ll play for the Packers or someone else. Then comes the question of whether, if not the Packers, where will he play?

If Rodgers has a new team that is willing to pay him and to give the Packers whatever they want for Rodgers (and they’d be wise to be reasonable), the only question is whether Rodgers wants to play there.

As Rodgers acknowledged last week, it doesn’t matter that he doesn’t have a no-trade clause. No one will trade for him if he doesn’t want to play there. And if he makes it clear that, for example, there’s only one team for which he’ll play and if that team is in the NFC, the Packers will have to decide whether to send him to that team or to welcome him back, even if they’d rather not.

102 responses to “Aaron Rodgers continues to hold all the cards regarding his future

  1. This stuff is silly. GB has to pay him. He is a top 5 Qb
    Why wouldn’t they want him. It’s not like Jordan Love is better.

  2. He’s not walking away from all that money. So they’ll have to deal with his offseason drama and his constant need for attention.

  3. I’m sure there are a ton of teams that want a qb that can make them just barely miss the playoffs

  4. What team would want a 1-2 year diva who’s concerned about MVP only? He’s going to set an organization back 5 years.

  5. Rodgers also hold all the packer’s cajones too. Because the grovling, spineless leadership in that org let’s rodgers walk all over them time and time again.

  6. On behalf of football fans everywhere the following request is made: can the media please stop reporting on (a) Aaron Rodgers’ retirement rumination and (b) anything to do with the Dallas Cowboys? These stale topics have been beaten to death.

  7. Transitioning on from HOF QBs is the sort of high class problem every team wants to have.

  8. “Why wouldn’t they want him. It’s not like Jordan Love is better.” Jordan Love may not be better right now but he certainly isnt worse and is a far better scrambler than Rodgers.he will get better the more reps in real games he experiences.trade AR and get what you can for him.

  9. Cryptic headline. When did the Cardinals become players in the Aaron Rodgers tournament?

  10. They turned down the 3rd pick in the draft to pay Aaron Rodgers $53M in 2023!

    Someone should get fired for that.

  11. What if the Packers want Rogers not Love but Rogers wants the Cowboys. Does Rogers still hold all the cards?

  12. Rodgers is playing in green bay next year. Rodgers is playing in green bay in 2024. He is under contract for millions and millions. He ain’t going nowhere. This is what Gute wanted. This is what Rodgers wanted.

  13. I think that it is a whole bunch of bung – not trading him to where he wants to go even if it means – the Queens or the Lions – dont think that the Bears want to give up on Fields. Whatever – as happened with Favre – he had a great team and they got screwed over by the Saints ( remember bountygate) and of course Peterson’s fumble. The Packers were not that good that year and the year after they beat Favre both times. So whomever wants him and he wants to go – Get R done. I still think it is Vegas with a maybe Miami ( warm weather and a lot of fast receivers)

  14. Years of horrendous GMing cost us multiple Lombardi’s and it will cost us the rest of this decade, possibly longer, before we return to being even semi-competitive.

  15. this will get old by Feb 1st…but thankfully it was be reported, speculated and drove into the ground until august!

  16. On behalf of football fans everywhere the following request is made: can the media please stop reporting on (a) Aaron Rodgers’ retirement rumination and (b) anything to do with the Dallas Cowboys? These stale topics have been beaten to death.
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    This comment needs to be pinned to the top. Enough about Rodgers already.

  17. What’s worse? Rodger’s baiting the media or the media running with it? He’s a master baiter.

  18. Aaron, please just retire. Everyone on the planet knows that you just can’t handle the stress and pressure of single-elimination games aka playoffs. The regular season [we’ll get em next week!] is a completetely different environment than being in a do-or-die game. You can have everything you ever wanted – WRs, good OL, solid defense, #1 seed bye, homefield advantage. But you can’t handle single-elimination. Just hang it up.

  19. “As reports mount”………

    Who is mounting these reports? Yup, the sportswriters.

    Until Rodgers decides, please stop these “reports” from mounting.

  20. He has already stated that his contract is not very realistic, pretty obvious he wants out, just take Barry with you please

  21. Nice try candyman..
    The vikings don’t need him. The have a QB, who has a pretty good record against the Slackers actually.

    Nice revisionist history, BTW. “The next year they beat the Vikings both times..” Yeah, and THAT year The Vikings “weren’t that good anyway” as you put it.

    Total nonsense post Dude.

  22. This stuff is silly. GB has to pay him. He is a top 5 Qb
    Why wouldn’t they want him. It’s not like Jordan Love is better.
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    This isn't an issue of Jordan Love being better. The TEAM would be better and that's what matters most.

  23. What team would want a 1-2 year diva who’s concerned about MVP only?
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    You do realize that was a soundbite from a longer conversation and 30 seconds later he said wining the SB was the ultimate goal right? Funny how that part never makes it to print….

  24. Jordan woods has as many playoff wins as Jordan love. Let that sink in.
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    And the entire Vikings org for the last 5 years.

  25. Lol, Rodgers old no cards, You’re done old man. Patrick, Josh, Joe burrow, Herbert etc. Hey, hey bye-bye

  26. They turned down the 3rd pick in the draft to pay Aaron Rodgers $53M in 2023!

    Someone should get fired for that.
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    You don’t think the back to back MVP should be the highest paid QB in the league? It’s easy to look back after this year and say it wasn’t worth it but use you’re brain a little. Dude lost his QB coach, his OC, his center, and 3 of the 4 top receivers from the previous year. He’s good but what do you really expect?

  27. All the cards? They must have that wrong. I never been known to play with a full deck.

  28. ariani1985 says:
    January 24, 2023 at 8:02 pm
    Jordan woods has as many playoff wins as Jordan love. Let that sink in.

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    Kirk cousins won as many playoff games this season as Jordan love did.

  29. How does Green Bay do this to themselves twice in a row? Favre held them over a barrel for a few years and here it goes again. Dumb.

  30. Dude lost his QB coach, his OC, his center, and 3 of the 4 top receivers from the previous year. He’s good but what do you really expect?

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    I would expect a guy who is supposedly the leader of the team and is going to use these changes as an excuse to at least show up to OTAs with his new teammates.

  31. You got to know when to hold em , know when to fold em , know when to walk away … Yeah that’s about it .

  32. All the Packers need to do is say “we’re rebuilding”. Rodgers will retire or ask to be traded. Inside or outside the NFC, it doesn’t matter, as the Packers would not be truly competitive with Love right away (if ever). But I believe if Rodgers wants to come back the Packers will give it one more year to try to catch lightning in a bottle.

  33. Fool me once…..ya not this year. Rodgers won’t be traded, too many reasons why, he is coming back and he dam well knows it for 58 million reasons

  34. Brady finally changes teams and gets his like 8th Super Bowl. Rogers getting chased out and looking for like his 2nd. Just saying.

  35. C’mon down to the DOC Mr. Rodgers. You got Scary Terry and Dotson. O-line will be shored up in the draft. D is set. #HTTR

  36. All of this hate and vitriol for no reason. It’s only been a couple of weeks, the man is still trying to decide if he even wants to continue playing and if he does – and it’s in another city – is he ready for that. You think he doesn’t know the organization needs to get younger and cheaper? Yes, he knows and does care, give him a little bit of credit. Aaron loves Green Bay and the people, he doesn’t want to burn his legacy-bridge, so just put down your pitchforks and torches and relax. The matter will be decided by the end of February.

  37. Well so does Brady. That’s what happens when you’re considered one of the greatest to ever do it. Especially in a league that is always desperate for QBs.

  38. Saw Love come in and replace Rodgers for a few plays last yesr. Heck, maybe it was this year but the kid looked sharp. All things considered Love wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Pack going forward..

  39. The cards are 2 3 4 5 7 in 4 suits. He can hold all of them all day long but they will never win anything no matter where he goes.

  40. The Packers GM brought this upon them with that contract renegotiation.

    If you have a terrible GM your team will suffer.

  41. thenorseman817 says:
    January 24, 2023 at 8:58 pm
    58 mil for a guy who hasn’t thrown for 300 yards since 2021. Time to move on.

    205Rate This

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    It’s one of the worst contracts in football.

  42. Who cares? Rodgers will go down as the single most disrespected legend of all time…and rightly so

  43. He’s still a really good QB. But not great. It’s his baggage…that and not being able to get back to the SB.

  44. He isn’t going anywhere…

    It’s a weak Division that has propped him up for years… he will win games in regular season… make his quick playoff exit.. and collect his multiple millions.

    Oh… and he can do what is most important for him…

    Keep himself on headlines.

  45. charliecharger says:
    January 24, 2023 at 7:23 pm
    He earned it

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    Earned it how…..by delivering one SB ?

  46. billh1947 says:
    January 24, 2023 at 7:51 pm
    “Why wouldn’t they want him. It’s not like Jordan Love is better.” Jordan Love may not be better right now but he certainly isnt worse and is a far better scrambler than Rodgers.he will get better the more reps in real games he experiences.trade AR and get what you can for him.

    He’s worse, Love is way worse.

  47. We live in a world where Brock Purdy might be a Super Bowl QB. Produce a team, Packers, not a one man show.

  48. All the sofaGMs have all the answers. 4 MVPs and a Super Bowl ring have earned Rogers where he is today. A broken thumb and two rookie receivers in 2022 were part of the tale. It’s too soon to coldly write him off by anyone except the hopelessly envious.

  49. I believe he could still play at an MVP level if he wants to. Seems like he may not want to though, at least not for the Packers. I honestly believe he wanted a down year so he could more easily get away from GB.

  50. Rebuilding a cap strapped NFL team with an aging 40yr old QB makes no sense after seeing the cap numbers why did we agree with that contract the GM should be fired. Never have a seen a contract that looks like Rodgers agent wrote all of it and the Packers GM signed it , pathetic .
    One great thing is contracts are re written all the time it’s standard practice if Rodgers goal is truly to win a Super Bowl ? he needs to re do that contract and if the Packers want to truly win and not go 8-9 9-8 ttpe seasons the next two years they need to be partners with him and redo a fair contract which would make him tradeable. Other wise we muddle thru the next two years with a big yawn
    Love will be leading the Commanders and we will have nothing to show for it the GM will be fired after the 2024 season two years to late. The only hope is that both sides would benefit from moving on but somehow the Packers are always scared to make the right moves so we will most likely wither away two more painful seasons.

  51. So many hypocrites in here. If your boss offered you a pretty hefty raise, would any of you say no just give me a little one and spread the wealth around the other staff?

    I thought so.

  52. The Packers are screwed either way. If they trade AR or if he retires, then they are stuck with Love and he MUST succeed or the Packers brass will look ridiculous. This means that no matter how bad Love plays, he cannot be benched. I saw the exact same scenario with the Steelers and Kordell Stewart. Kordell was the ‘anointed’ one and couldn’t be benched, and wasn’t benched until it was too late. The same thing will happen for the Packers and Love.

  53. Funny, many of these “he’s washed” comments are the same as comments made after the 2019 season. Just before they drafted Love. Nobody seems to remember how bad Rodgers looked in 2019 when he was bouncing balls 5 feet in front of receivers 8 yards away.

  54. Rebuilding a cap strapped NFL team with an aging 40yr old QB makes no sense after seeing the cap numbers why did we agree with that contract the GM should be fired.
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    His cap number for 2023 is $31.6~mil.. 10th among QBs, presently

    8th for 2024, Brady, Burrow, Herbert and possibly even Lawrence will get new deals.

    The Packers structured teh deal pretty well for the short term. The obnoxious money starts in 2025.

  55. It’s not a question of Love or Rodgers. It’s a question of Rodgers or rebuilding for the future. The packers have done the “all in” thing twice now and they’re not close enough and Rodgers is declining. He hasn’t had a great playoff performance in 5-6 years. IMHO, it’s time for the Packers to get what they can for him, mainly to move on and get out from under that contract. His cap number is bad this year and would be disasterous in ‘24-25 if they don’t deal him or restructure him. As a GBP fan, PLEASE move him now, never mind the compensation. I’m doubtful he’s still good enough to lead a team to a Super Bowl, but if he can, more power to him!

  56. Love will be leading the Commanders and we will have nothing to show for it the GM will be fired after the 2024 season two years to late.
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    Rodgers was injured, and ineffective throughout the 5 game losing streak. The didn’t play Love.

    Love might play elsewhere. But it look like a safe bet he won’t lead anyone.

  57. Ground hog day? Brett Farve
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    Groundhog Day had a good ending….

  58. He hasn’t had a great playoff performance in 5-6 years.
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    He had a great game against the Bucs.

    That unit was playing pretty well and he dragged them up and down the field all game.

  59. Rodgers to the Raiders back with Adams…Book it!
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    With McDaniels there, I’m betting on Brady.

  60. His cap number is bad this year and would be disasterous in ‘24-25 if they don’t deal him or restructure him
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    10th among QBs in 2023
    8th for 2024… with 4 elite QBs getting new deals in this window

    He has the highest hit for a QB for 2025, presently. But does anyone believe he’ll be playing at that point? The Packers could find a way to wipe out the remaining payout from there.

    I’m fine with whatever happens here. As you said, I don’t believe Rodgers or the Packers are going back to the Super Bowl any time soon.

    The drama is exhausting, but I think the complaints about the contract are weak. Most people squawking don’t see the real numbers, just dollar signs. (not singling you out, just a generality)

  61. I’m no longer a fan of Rodgers the person, but I do like seeing a player have control over his contract and employment situation for a change — kudos to him for that. Two MVPs gave him the power to put Gutey in a position where he had to cave in like a house of cards. It’s hard to blame Gutey for that contract, but easy to blame him for his prior decisions and lack of foresight which put him in that position.

  62. Any QB that has to contemplate whether or not they want to continue playing will never be 100% committed to any team no matter what they say. Any team that signs Brady or Rodgers next year is a team clearly run by fools!

  63. canadaraider says:
    January 24, 2023 at 7:26 pm
    This stuff is silly. GB has to pay him. He is a top 5 Qb
    Why wouldn’t they want him.
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    Simple. He cannot get him to the SB.

  64. the bottom line, ‘cuz Stone Cold says:
    January 25, 2023 at 11:33 am
    His cap number is bad this year and would be disasterous in ‘24-25 if they don’t deal him or restructure him
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    10th among QBs in 2023
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    But #1 for cash value and dead cap money. For a guy that didn’t make the playoffs this year.

  65. the bottom line, ‘cuz Stone Cold says:
    January 25, 2023 at 11:01 am
    He hasn’t had a great playoff performance in 5-6 years.
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    He had a great game against the Bucs.
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    That game is coming up on 3 years ago. And…the Packers were down by three TDs and were never in contention in the entire second half. So, ya, some solid garbage yards in there for him.

  66. the bottom line, ‘cuz Stone Cold says:
    January 25, 2023 at 10:01 am

    The Packers structured teh deal pretty well for the short term. The obnoxious money starts in 2025.
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    IF he was playing great and elevating the team, maybe. But he could’t even win 9 games this year, and his dead money for next season is $100 mil, with -$68 mil cap savings. It’s a fantastic deal for Rodgers, and nobody else.

  67. “Aaron Rodgers continues to hold all the cards regarding his future”

    You mean…….nothing has changed since yesterday!?!? That is big news.

  68. I like QBs that don’t need constant attention, underperform, and hold their team “hostage”.

    Yes, this was for you Phil McCracken.

  69. That game is coming up on 3 years ago. And…the Packers were down by three TDs and were never in contention in the entire second half. So, ya, some solid garbage yards in there for him.
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    It was a 1-score game.

    The previous commenter said he hadn’t had a good Playoff game in 5-6 years.

  70. But #1 for cash value and dead cap money.
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    So what? Thats not how NFL accounting works.

    Thanks for proving my point.

  71. the bottom line, ‘cuz Stone Cold says:
    January 25, 2023 at 3:33 pm
    But #1 for cash value and dead cap money.
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    So what? Thats not how NFL accounting works.

    Thanks for proving my point.
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    It means without a Rodgers approved trade partner, you’re stuck with him. Because $100 mil in dead cap money cannot be done. 8-9, Mr. CPA.

  72. the bottom line, ‘cuz Stone Cold says:
    January 25, 2023 at 3:32 pm
    That game is coming up on 3 years ago. And…the Packers were down by three TDs and were never in contention in the entire second half. So, ya, some solid garbage yards in there for him.
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    It was a 1-score game.

    The previous commenter said he hadn’t had a good Playoff game in 5-6 years.
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    Look at the box score, not just the final score. The Packers never had the ball with a chance to get even or go ahead in the second half. Never. The final score doesn’t tell the story that the Packers were not in that game the entire second half.

  73. purpleguy says:
    January 25, 2023 at 11:47 am
    I’m no longer a fan of Rodgers the person, but I do like seeing a player have control over his contract and employment situation for a change
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    You’ve never heard of free agency before?

  74. Holding a team hostage is a very low rent thing to do. But then again this is Ewwn Wawgers, the king of low rent conduct.

  75. Look at the box score, not just the final score. The Packers never had the ball with a chance to get even or go ahead in the second half. Never. The final score doesn’t tell the story that the Packers were not in that game the entire second half.
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    Tehy had the ball inside the 5 down 8 points.

    Allen Lazard didn’t turn his head for what would have been a certain TD pass.

  76. It means without a Rodgers approved trade partner, you’re stuck with him. Because $100 mil in dead cap money cannot be done. 8-9, Mr. CPA.
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    The dead cap figure might as well be an imaginary number, or monopoly money. It is impossible for the Packers to cut him. Completely impossible.

    They can trade him. They should have taken the Stafford deal for him, in hindsight.

    The Packers aren’t a bonafide contender unless everything bounces their way. So I’m really indifferent as to what happens here.

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