Aaron Rodgers has told Green Bay Packers officials he does not want to return to the team, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Rodgers made some cryptic comments regarding his future following the Packers’ playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January, and the latest reports have the superstar quarterback souring even more on his situation in Green Bay.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told ESPN that the organization remains committed to Rodgers in “2021 and beyond.” Several high-ranking Packers officials have reportedly visited Rodgers this offseason in an attempt to mend the relationship.
Rodgers has been negotiating a long-term contract with the Packers this offseason, according to insider Ian Rapoport. Rodgers has reportedly grown increasingly frustrated as the two sides have failed to reach a deal.
Rodgers, a native of Chico, CA, has been guest-hosting Jeopardy! during the offseason, and said he would love to be the full-time host. Rodgers said he could be the full-time host of the beloved gameshow while continuing his NFL career. He said he has no plans of retiring.
Rapoport reported that Rodgers has a chance to land the ‘Jeopardy!’ gig.
One more note on #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: He really impressed the brass during his stint on Jeopardy. The belief is, when they finish auditions, he’ll be among those with a chance to do the job full-time. If this isn’t sorted out, a job hosting is also a possibility.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2021
Rodgers’ frustration with the Packers dates back to Green Bay’s decision to trade up for quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 draft. Rodgers responded by winning his third MVP while enjoying arguably the best year of his career. The Packers bowed out of the playoffs thanks in part to a questionable coaching decision to settle for a field goal while down eight points.
After the playoff loss to the Bucs, Rodgers said “a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain — myself included.”
Rodgers remains an elite quarterback and could have several great years left after seeing the success Tom Brady and Drew Brees enjoyed late in their careers. If Rodgers does indeed force his way out, the entire NFL could be thrown into flux as teams jockey to acquire him.
For continued discussion of the Rodgers situation, head to Acme Packing Company, our community for Packers fans. Here’s what Jon Meerdink wrote on the situation:
It’s tough to see what the way forward for either side at this point, but it doesn’t appear pretty. Rodgers may not want to play for the Packers, but even if they were inclined to grant his reported wishes, it would be tough for the team to do so given the constraints of the cap. To wit: the Packers are looking at a cap hit of close to $40 million in dead money if they moved on from Rodgers this year.
A move after the 2021 season is more palatable, but that’s a lot of toothpaste to put back in the tube considering the somewhat incendiary nature of Schefter’s report.
We’ll update this story as it develops.