GREEN BAY, Wis. – The foreseeable future can now be defined as 2021 and after, after Packers president Mark Murphy said that the team has committed to quarterback Aaron Rodgers for more than next season.
None of this could matter if Rodgers followed what he told some inside and outside the organization that he would not return to Packers, as Adam Shefter of ESPN said on Thursday.
Earlier, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Rodgers would be the team’s defender for the “foreseeable future.” Coach Matt Laffler has not spoken to reporters since March, but is expected to do so at the end of the NFL project on Saturday.
“Thursday was definitely a day full of more intrigue than usual,”
“This is an issue we’ve been working on for a few months. Brian Gutekunst, Matt Laffler and I have taken off several times to meet with Aaron. We are very aware of Aaron’s concerns and are working with him (and his agent Dave Dunn) to address them. We remain committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond. “
Gutekunst said Thursday it would not trade with Rodgers and called for patience.
“We have been working on this for some time and I just think it may take some time,” Gutekunst said hours after Shefter’s report. “But he is the man who made this thing go away. He gives us the best chance to win and we will work towards this end.”
However, according to sources close to Rodgers, nothing has changed on his part since Thursday’s report.
Murphy praises Rodgers as a “true leader” for packers.
“The connection Aaron made with Matt and the other strikers brought us to the brink of the Super Bowl for two consecutive years,” Murphy wrote. “We look forward to competing for the next Super Bowl Championship with Aaron as our leader.”
Rodgers signed a contract with the Packers in the 2023 season with a base salary of $ 14.7 million in 2021. He had a $ 6.8 million bonus to be paid in March that was “accrued on schedule,” he said. then the source. Rodgers will have to attend much of the off-season program to win a $ 500,000 training bonus, and sources said he has not participated in the early part, which was virtual.
June can be a critical point in how the process goes. That’s when the Packers have the only mandatory off-season event – a three-day minicamp. If Rodgers does not report, he will be subject to fines. The same would apply if he did not show up for a training camp starting in late July.
June 1 is also important for the salary cap. If the Packers traded Rodgers after that date, they would earn more than $ 22 million in payroll space. By doing this before, they would have earned only $ 5,646 million in savings.
Rodgers ‘misfortune stems from – but not exclusively – the Packers’ decision to swap and choose quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s project. The election was Gutekunst’s call, but given the Packers’ structure, Murphy, Gutekunst’s chief, could veto the election if he felt it was not in the organisation’s best interests.
LaFleur is in a difficult position because his job is to win now and he and his coaching staff still believe that Rodgers is giving them the best chance. They also need to develop Love, which was the third quarterback last season and was expected to be the best reserve this year after Packers left Tim Boyle to go to the Detroit Lions in a free agency.
Rodgers has not spoken publicly about the situation since appearing on the Pat McAfee Show nearly a month ago, when he said his future remained uncertain.
“All I can do is play my best and feel like last year when I did,” Rodgers said on April 5. “It may have thrown a wrench in some timelines that may have been considered or desired, but in the end things didn’t really change on that front. I meant what I said last year, that I’m really at peace with the whole thing, and that hasn’t changed. I feel good the way I play, I feel good the way I lead. .. Everything else is something like speculation and I’m sure there will be a lot. “