In one more signal that not all is effectively in Titletown regardless of back-to-back NFC Championship Game appearances, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers publicly declared that he could effectively play for an additional group earlier than his career is completed.
During an interview with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, Rodgers didn’t shy away from questions about his future. Below is a key excerpt from the SportsCenter section, which can air in full within the coming days:
The Packers shocked everybody within the 2020 NFL Draft after they traded up within the first spherical to pick Rodgers’ successor, Jordan Love. All Rodgers did was proceed to steer Green Bay to a different 13-3 file and win NFL MVP honors.
After a largely underwhelming free company interval, it’s no shock Rodgers is continuous to doubt the route of the group.
Packers have muddled imaginative and prescient for Aaron Rodgers and the group’s future
Why would you draft Rodgers’ substitute when he’s nonetheless arguably one of the best QB within the sport? And why spend a second-round decide on a working again in AJ Dillon, when Aaron Jones is a reliable playmaker who you simply signed to a four-year contract extension?
Sounds complicated. That’s as a result of it’s. Packers GM Brian Gutekunst and the personnel division have purchased numerous goodwill by lucking into Brett Favre and Rodgers as their two franchise quarterbacks. Franchises aren’t alleged to get that fortunate, but Green Bay has.
Despite having two legendary, all-time nice area generals since 1992, the Pack have a grand whole of two Super Bowl wins to point out for it.
You can’t actually blame Favre or Rodgers for it, but quarterbacks at all times take the brunt of the criticism. Rodgers “only” has one Super Bowl. It wouldn’t look so dangerous if Tom Brady hadn’t received seven, or if Patrick Mahomes hadn’t already received the identical quantity as Rodgers in his second season as an NFL starter.
But that’s the fact. A giant cause why is Green Bay’s refusal to spend large in free company, adamantly sticking to a perpetual technique of constructing by the draft. It’s an economical operation, however one which places all of the onus on the quarterback to hold the group.
The newest twist between Rodgers and the Packers concerned their unusual refusal to restructure his contract, which might’ve freed up extra wage cap house to spend on free brokers. CEO Mark Murphy couldn’t give a straight reply as to why this wasn’t accomplished, so who is aware of if Rodgers wouldn’t budge, or the entrance workplace simply saved being petty and ultra-conservative with their spending?
When Aaron Rodgers may realistically depart Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers will flip 38 in December. While it seems to be like he nonetheless has loads of juice left to play many extra seasons, he does have a slightly intensive damage historical past, and he in all probability has, at most, a five-year window to win a second championship.
Let’s check out Over the Cap’s calculator and the wage cap numbers for a Rodgers commerce and what it’d seem like relying on when it occurs:
- Traded pre-June 1, 2021: Packers eat $31.56 million in useless cap, save $5.646 million
- Traded post-June 1 in 2021/2022: Packers eat $14.35 million in useless cap, save $22.85 million/$25.5 million
- Traded pre-June 1 in 2022: Packers eat $17.2 million in useless cap, save $22.65 million
- Traded in 2023: Packers eat $2.85 million in useless cap, save $25.5 million
Given that the Packers will eat a good amount of cash both means if they commerce Rodgers inside the subsequent two years — which they completely ought to to reap the benefits of Love being on a rookie contract — any suitor received’t must pay out Rodgers’ full wage.
Any group of their proper thoughts who’d want a QB would throw a ton of compensation at Green Bay, even if it meant Rodgers solely had a few good seasons left. That is, presuming he maintains the extent of play he confirmed in 2020, when he put up 4,299 passing yards with 48 landing passes, solely 5 interceptions and a 121.5 passer score.
So, since Rodgers simply received MVP and most groups missing a reliable quarterback are slated to take one close to the highest of the 2021 NFL Draft, anticipate the Packers to maintain him for this season. That doesn’t imply the ship goes to sail easily, however followers could be outraged if their QB who simply led them to inside one win of the Super Bowl twice in a row acquired abruptly traded away.
Still, it seems to be more likely to occur in some unspecified time in the future and there will likely be no scarcity of suitors. It would make for fairly an fascinating offseason if and when it does occur.