GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers say they are not trading with quarterback Aaron Rodgers who told them he is not interested in getting back on the team.
It all came to light on Thursday, hours before the first round of the NFL draft, when ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the intimate details of Rodgers’ upset.
Almost a week later, the stalemate persists.
What has changed apart from a few conversations between the two sides?
A senior team official responded to this question with a question: “Have you got our quarterback to come back yet?”
With that in mind, here are some of the questions Rodgers and the Packers face when trying to work towards a solution:
What did the packers think when they designed Jordan Love?
Immediately after the Packers were ranked 26th overall on the 2020 draft last year, a source Rodgers has known since joining the NFL in 2005 said Rodgers would be “angry” about the election but would not accept it would out on love like Brett Favre originally took it out at Rodgers.
Both were true.
Rodgers didn’t rule out Love as much as Favre did in the beginning. Remember Favre’s memorable quote: “My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play. Hopefully he’ll watch me now and get some of it.”
But that has since trickled away. Two weeks into the 2020 draft, Rodgers said he was “not thrilled with the election” and admitted that his “sincere desire to start and end with the same organization … may not currently be a reality”.
The same source Rodgers has known throughout his career also predicted the Love Pick would light a fire under him. This was also true when Rodgers won his third NFL MVP award, threw 48 touchdown passes, and led the Packers to a second NFC championship game in a row.
Perhaps that has shifted the balance of power back to Rodgers, who seems empowered to regain control of his future this off-season.
Who is he having problems with?
It seems that Brian Gutekunst, fourth year general manager, is the target of his contempt. It was Gutekunst’s call to love, although team president Mark Murphy could certainly have tried to dissuade his GM from the election if he felt strong enough that it was a mistake.
However, the mistake might not have been drawing love. After all, part of a GM’s job is to ensure long-term stability. If Gutekunst thought love would bring the Packers more quarterback success for another decade, why not?
He was wrong, however, in not including Rodgers in his thinking beforehand. Even the Minnesota Vikings reached out to Kirk Cousins to tell him they could take Kellen Mond in round three last weekend, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
Gutekunst proved to be more active in the free hand than his predecessor Ted Thompson, who frustrated Rodgers with his inactivity in this market but angered Rodgers in other ways. He released recipients Jordy Nelson and Jake Kumerow and agreed to hold joint practices with the Texans in the summer of 2019, which Rodgers loathed.
It was significant that Murphy wrote His monthly column was posted on the team website on Saturday the “relationship that Aaron has forged [coach] Matt LaFleur and the other offensive coaches got us to the brink of the Super Bowl for two straight years, “but the relationship between Rodgers and Gutekunst was not mentioned.
How can you appease Rodgers?
Without removing Gutekunst as GM, Rodgers couldn’t consider much to be acceptable since, according to Schefter, he has already turned down a lucrative contract extension. Yahoo Sports reported over the weekend “A reconciliation may not be possible if Gutekunst stays.”
Nothing in the Packers’ history suggests that they would remove Gutekunst.
For its part, Gutekunst has taken steps to win Rodgers back. He said over the weekend that he would welcome input from Rodgers on hiring decisions, but added, “This is not new. This is not unique.”
Would trading in love do it? Perhaps Rodgers could return if the Packers did what the Patriots did to Jimmy Garoppolo (and distributed him to the 49ers). But the Packers would likely lose a lot in that deal after investing a first choice in Love. If a team didn’t love him, nothing he’d done since – he was the inactive third-string quarterback all last season – would spark new interest.
Rodgers is under contract until 2023 but no longer has guaranteed money on the deal. According to Schefter’s sources, Rodgers looked for this once. But by the time the Packers got around to offering that, it was too late.
What if Rodgers refuses to show?
The only thing that is mandatory until the training camp starts is the three-day mini camp in June.
Article 42 (b) of the collective agreement states: “Unexcused failure to report, or unexcused deviation from the mandatory off-season mini camp.” [carries] A maximum fine of $ 15,515 for the first missed day, $ 31,030 for the second missed day, and $ 46,540 for the third missed day. “A player who misses every three days will be fined a total of $ 93,085.
Jeremy Fowler lists a few teams who might try to acquire Aaron Rodgers through trade, including the Broncos, Raiders, and Seahawks.
It gets even more expensive in the training camp. There is a “mandatory fine of $ 50,000 per day plus one week in paragraph 5 [base] The salary for every missed preseason game. “The CBA also states that these fines” are mandatory and are not reduced or waived in whole or in part by the club, but are paid by or by the player. Must be deducted club. “
If Rodgers retired, the Packers could try to get back the unamortized portion of his signing bonus, which would amount to around $ 30 million. He would also step away from a base salary of $ 14.7 million and up to $ 850,000 in “likely deserved incentives” this season. Rodgers, who has made $ 242 million in his NFL career, has already put his $ 500,000 training bonus at risk by skipping the virtual portion of the offseason program that began two weeks ago. Players typically have to attend 80% to 90% of the offseason program in order to receive their training bonuses.
Did teams rig Rodgers?
The Packers are upset that teams may have contacted Rodgers to see if he would be interested in playing for them if they tried to make a trade. Rodgers doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his business. The 49ers and Broncos are believed to be among these teams.
A league source said the Packers haven’t filed charges with the NFL because they know it’s nearly impossible to prove. The Packers found this out when they filed charges against the Vikings of tampering with Favre in 2008.
What could Green Bay get in a deal?
A senior hiring manager with an NFC team valued two picks in the first round and a second round player. He figured Rodgers had four good years left. Read Bill Barnwell’s trade proposals here.
How would that affect the salary cap?
Now that they didn’t take any steps prior to drafting and could have got help right away, there is no point in doing anything until after June 1st. They would save $ 16.050 million in salary caps if they trade (or release) it after that date. In fact, it would cost them a little more than $ 1 million in space to move. A move taken before June 1st would accelerate his remaining signature bonus promotion to the 2021 cap. Moving after that would split it up over the last three years of its business.
Is Jordan Love Ready?
Not even the packers know.
“Obviously we are thinking of the world of Jordan and where it will grow and develop,” Gutekunst said after the design. “I think it’s pretty early to be able to somehow tell you this because obviously with no preseason games last year and just no spring, but we have great faith in his talents, his work ethic and where he’s going. But for that it’s a little early. “
We never planned to hand things off to Love before 2022, which is why they slowly brought him along and let him learn as the No. 3 quarterback behind Rodgers and Tim Boyle last season.
How much better is Boyle when he left Green Bay after the season?
“It’s really hard to say because he hasn’t been here,” said LaFleur.
Boyle signed with the Lions with a free agency, so the Packers may have to look for veteran options to bridge the gap between Rodgers and Love.
Rodgers and Love are the only two quarterbacks on the list. Gutekunst said they examined experienced quarterbacks before designing, and they might need to reconsider that. Either way, at least one, if not two quarterbacks will be added between now and training camp.