Aaron Rodgers’ future timeline: key dates to know about the Packers offseason schedule
Time is running out for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers with the NFL schedule in June. With the financial implications of a potential trade now more manageable for Green Bay and the start of the 2021 regular season in three months, a final decision on whether or not to stay or depart this offseason must be made.
Prior to June, the Rodgers swap would have forced the Packers to take a deadly shot of $ 38.356 million and also counted an additional $ 1.154 million in their salary cap.
Now, if Rodgers were dealt with, that dead money would be split between 2021 and 2022, with a hit of $ 21.152 million this year and another hit of $ 17.204 million next year. The big difference in a transaction after June 1 is the savings of $ 16.05 million on this year’s salary cap.
While this still isn’t an ideal money scenario for Green Bay, it can afford to move him if there’s any chance he wants to replay for the Packers.
What’s the next key date for Aaron Rodgers to watch?
So far Rodgers has only missed voluntary team training. While he’s never done this with any type of OTA in his Packers career, he still hasn’t lost any money by extending the stalemate like this this year.
It would appear to follow that Rodgers, however, will also miss the Packers’ three-day minicamp which begins on Tuesday, June 8. Missing that whole workout will cost Rodgers less than $ 100,000, which isn’t a big deal considering the size. of his contract and additional income from the riders. But the money gets a little bigger because that move would also cost Rodgers his annual training bonus of $ 500,000.
What happens if Aaron Rodgers misses training camp?
Say Rodgers is going to lose that half a million more to maintain his first summer vacation. Then there’s not much that can change as teams darken ahead of training camp later this month.
The Packers officially start camp on July 27. Every day Rodgers misses camp it will cost him $ 50,000, so only 10 days would be the potential practice bonus lost earlier.
While that still seems like a relative change from Rodgers ‘dissatisfaction with the top of the Packers’ organization, also watch out for Rodgers not making preseason games. The Packers don’t play their first exhibition contest until they host the Texans on August 14. If Rodgers missed this game and the other two (Aug.21 against Jets, Aug.28 at Bills), he would lose an additional $ 2.58 million, or $ 860,000 per game missed.
Rodgers should already have the Packers’ attention on his seriousness about wanting a better situation. The month of June might seem like a pattern of waiting for the dead end, but if that were to creep into the end of July and make it seem like it didn’t end at the start of August, Green Bay should speed up his move.
Is there a “deadline” for an Aaron Rodgers trade to drop in 2021?
There is no official deadline in the future schedule, but the start of camp makes a lot of sense if it turns out Rodgers will go down as a no-show. That’s for two reasons, one for Green Bay and another for the team trying to acquire Rodgers.
For the Packers, they would need most of training camp and the entire preseason to prepare second-year first round Jordan Love to shift his mindset to a full-time starter against a young option of promising development behind Rodgers. For the team chasing Rodgers, it would take them about the same time, even as smart as him, to fit him into a new offense.
What about the Packers who trade Aaron Rodgers in 2022?
As detailed here Taking an in-depth look at Rodgers’ contract, when the next league new year begins in March 2022, the Packers can move Rodgers without any real cap issue until June.
A deal earlier this year would give the Packers $ 22.648 million in cap relief with just $ 17.204 in dead money. If they designated the trade for June, the Packers would save $ 25.5 million towards the cap with dead money gains of $ 14.352 million for 2022 and $ 2.852 million for 2023.
It would also mark the point when the Packers must make a future decision on the Love contract, ahead of the final year of his rookie contract in 2023 and the next club option year in 2024.
Rodgers only needs one way out of the Packers. The Packers want to be patient with the situation as they try to appease the reigning league MVP QB, but they can only wait very long until Rodgers pushes them to act.