Everything you need to know about the drama between Green Bay and its star quarterback Aaron Rodgers
GREEN BAY — Los Green Bay Packers say they won’t trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has informed them that he is not interested in returning with the team.
That came to light last Thursday, hours before the first round of the Draft 2021 de la NFL, when Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the intimate details of Rodgers.
Almost a week later remains in neutral.
¿What has changed, beyond some conversations between the parties?
A high-ranking officer responded with a question: “Did you get our quarterback back?”
With that in mind, here’s a look at the questions they face Rodgers and the Packers while trying to work towards a solution:
What did the Packers think would happen when they drafted Jordan Love?
Immediately after the Packers moved up in the order of picks from last year to take Love with turn 26 of the first round, a source who has met Rodgers since he arrived at the NFL in 2005 he said the quarterback would be “wrathful“for the selection, but I would not take it against Love What Brett Favre initially did it against Rodgers.
Both things were true.
Rodgers did not close the door to Love how did Favre Of start. Remember the famous statement of Favre: “My contract does not stipulate that I must prepare Aaron Rodgers to play. Now, I hope you watch me and learn something from that. “
But, it has been a period of leaks ever since. Two weeks after Draft 2020, Rodgers He said “not excited about the selection”, and admitted that his “sincere desire to start and finish with the same organization … may not be a reality, now”.
The same source that has met Rodgers throughout his career he also predicted that the selection of Love I would light a fire for it. That was also true, with Rodgers getting his third prize as NFL Most Valuable Player after throwing 48 touchdown passes and guiding the Packers to a second NFL Championship Game consecutive.
Perhaps, it shifted the balance of power back to Rodgers, who seemed empowered this offseason to regain control of his future.
With whom do you have problems
It would seem that the fourth-year general manager, Brian Gutekunst, is the target of your anger. It was Gutekunst’s decision to select Love, although surely the president of the team, Mark Murphy, he may have tried to dissuade his general manager from the move, if he felt it was a mistake.
The mistake, however, might not have been to select Love. After all, part of the general manager is to ensure long-term stability. Yes Good art felt that Love would provide to Packers continued success at quarterback for the next decade, or beyond, so why not?
He was wrong, however, by not including Rodgers in your strategy beforehand. Even the Minnesota Vikings, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, they contacted Kirk Cousins to let you know that they could select Kellen Mond in the third round, last weekend.
Good art proved to be more active in free agency than his predecessor, Ted Thompson, who frustrated Rodgers for his passivity in the market, but that irritated Rodgers in other ways. Cut wide receivers Jordy Nelson y Jake Kumerow and agreed to joint practices with the Houston Texans In the summer of 2019, something I hated Rodgers.
It was revealing that Murphy wrote in his monthly column published last Saturday on the team’s website that the “relationship that Aaron has forged with [el head coach] Matt LaFleur and other offensive coaches has led us to the prelude to Super Bowl in two consecutive years “, but did not mention anything about the relationship between Rodgers Y Good art.
How can they appease Rodgers?
Something less to remove Good art as a general manager it might be less than I would accept Rodgers, given that it has already turned down a lucrative contract extension, according to Schefter. Yahoo! Sports reported over the weekend that “a reconciliation may not be possible if it is maintained Good art“.
Nothing in the history of Packers doing business suggests they would remove Good art.
On your side, Good art has given way to try to win back to Rodgers. He said over the weekend that he would accept the opinion of Rodgers regarding personnel decisions, but added that, “That is not new. It is not unique.”
Would it be enough to transfer to Love? Maybe if the Packers did what the New England Patriots with Jimmy Garoppolo (exchanging it to San Francisco 49ers), then, Rodgers could come back. But the Packers they would probably lose quite a bit in that trade, having invested a first-round pick in Love. Unless there was a team that loved him coming out of college, nothing he’s done since – he was third in order, inactive, all of last season – has created much interest.
Rodgers is under contract through 2023, but you no longer have money guaranteed in your agreement. At some point, according to one of Schefter’s sources, it’s what he looked for Rodgers. But, by the time Packers they offered it, it was too late.
And what if Rodgers refuses to show up?
The only thing mandatory between today and the start of training camp is the three-day mini-camp in June.
Article 42 (b) of the collective bargaining agreement determines that “the unexcused absence to report or an unexcused departure from the mandatory low season mini-camp carries a maximum fine of $ 15,515 for the first day, $ 31,030 for the second day, and $ 46,540 for the third day. ” A player who misses all three days would be fined a total of $ 93,085.
That gets even more expensive when training camp comes around. There is a “mandatory fine of $ 50,000 a day, plus one week’s base salary for each preseason game lost.” The labor agreement also states that these fines “will be mandatory, and will not be discounted or waived by the club, in whole or in part, but must be paid by the player or deducted by the club.”
And Rodgers will retire, the Packers they could try to recoup the unamortized portion of their signing bonus, which would total about $ 30 million. He would also be giving up a base salary of $ 14.7 million and up to $ 850,000 in “likely cash incentives” for this season. Rodgers, who has earned around $ 242 million in his NFL career, has already jeopardized his $ 500,000 training bonus by skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason program, which began two weeks ago. Players typically must attend 80 to 90 percent of the program to collect those bonuses.
Did teams contact Rodgers in violation of NFL rules?
The Packers are upset that teams may have contacted Rodgers to gauge his interest in playing for them, in case they tried to agree to a trade, according to sources. Rodgers it does not have a no-trade clause in its contract. It is believed that 49ers Y Denver Broncos They are among those teams.
A league source said the Packers have not filed a formal complaint with the NFL because they know that it is almost impossible to prove. The Packers they discovered it when they did the same against the Vikings in 2008 for contacting Favre.
What could Green Bay get in a trade?
A senior personnel executive with a team from the NFC He put the value on two first-round picks and one second-round pick. He estimates that a Rodgers He has four good years left.
How would it impact the salary cap?
Now that they made no move before Draft 2021When they could have gotten immediate help, there is no point in doing anything until after June 1. They would save $ 16.05 billion in space under the salary cap if they transfer – or cut – it after that date. A move now would cost them, in fact, just over $ 1 million in space. A move before June 1 would accelerate the impact of your prorated bond to the 2021 cap. A move after that date would divide it across the final three years of your cap.
Is Jordan Love ready?
Not even the Packers you know.
“Obviously, we believe the most of Jordan and where it will grow and develop “, he said Good art at the end of Draft 2021. “I think it’s too early to tell them because, with no preseason games last year and just a lack of spring, but we have a lot of confidence in their talents, in their work ethic and the path that they lead. But it’s too early for that.” .
It was never the plan to hand over the reins to Love before the 2022 season, which is why she was taken in stride to learn as a third quarterback last season, behind Rodgers Y Tim Boyle.
How much better is Boyle that when he left Green Bay at the end of the campaign?
“That’s really hard to say, because he hasn’t come back here,” he explained. LaFleur.
Boyle signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency, so the Packers may need to explore options for a veteran to bridge the gap between Rodgers Y Love.
Rodgers and Love are the only two quarterbacks on the roster. Good art said they explored alternatives with several veteran quarterbacks before the Draft 2021, and now it’s something they might have to take up again. Either way, they’re going to add one, if not two, quarterbacks before the start of training camp.