Will Aaron Rodgers leave the Packers? Six scenarios that could unfold after June 1
What’s next for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers?
Rodgers appeared on “SportsCenter” with Kenny Mayne on Monday, but did not directly respond if he wanted to be traded. Instead, he offered his support for 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love, not to mention general manager Brian Gutekunst.
“With my situation, it was never about a draft pick,” Rodgers said on “SportsCenter. “” By choosing Jordan, I love Jordan. He’s a great kid. A lot of fun working together. I love my coaching staff, I love my teammates, I love my fan base in Green Bay. Amazing 16 years old. It’s just kind of a philosophy, and maybe forgetting that it’s people who make things happen. It’s a question of character, it’s a question of culture. It’s about doing things the right way. “
June 1 is the next date to circle on the calendar. This is when the business scenarios come into play.
Sporting News examines these potential scenarios for Rodgers and the Packers:
Why June 1 is an important date for Aaron Rodgers’ future
This is when it would make more financial sense for the Packers to trade the triple MVP with a post-June 1 trade. A trade after June 2 would lower the 2021 load cap to $ 14.3 million and bring the balance down from $ 17.2 million to 2022. This is why Green Bay did not accept trade offers in the draft. of the NFL 2021.
1. Rodgers is traded before training camp
This is the scenario that warmed up on the first night of the 2021 NFL Draft. Denver and Las Vegas have been the most prevalent potential landing spots, and that makes more sense than keeping Rodgers in the NFC.
It is impossible for the Packers to get equal value in return. Remember, the Packers traded Brett Favre to the Jets for a fourth round pick in 2008. Green Bay would be left with Love, Blake Bortles and Kurt Benkert on the roster at that time; not to mention the load cap that accompanies Rodgers trading – which is under contract until 2023.
Denver makes the most sense in a trade. Broncos president John Elway made it work with Peyton Manning. He could do the same with Rodgers. Of the six scenarios we have, this is the second most logical.
2. Jordan Love is traded
It would be a curveball, but it would be a way to assure Rodgers that the Packers want him to end his franchise career.
There are trade rumors involving Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones, and maybe Green Bay could deal with Love and pick the Falcons for the star wide receiver. It’s still a financial situation at best for the Packers, but that would be Gutekunst’s way of showing Rodgers that the franchise will give him the help he needs to make a Super Bowl run.
Considering Love didn’t take a photo, this would be the year to do so instead of having him sit on the bench for a second season. Remember, Rodgers sat behind Favre for three years. Green Bay cannot do this circus again. Love should be the starter by the third year.
3. Rodgers retires
Hey, Brett Favre managed to retire three times – the first coming March 4, 2008. Favre returned, of course, before being traded to the New York Jets that season. Favre was 39 at the time and had led the Packers to the NFC Championship game the previous season.
Rodgers, however, is 37 and proved in 2020 that he can still play at the MVP level. Rodgers could retire – but it seems like a decision taken out of spite against the Packers’ front office. Even if Rodgers takes this bold step, it’s hard to believe his playing days would be over.
4. Rodgers holds up in 2021
That would be the decision made by Carson Palmer at Cincinnati after a 4-12 season in 2010. Palmer requested a trade in January ahead of an off-season lockout, but Bengals owner Mike Brown did not grant this. wish in July.
The Bengals went 6-2 with Andy Dalton at quarterback, then traded Palmer to Oakland on Oct. 18, 2011.
If this same scenario were to unfold in Green Bay in 2021, then it would be much more publicized and unsavory for both parties. The Packers will be forced to move all-in on Jordan Love and be torn to pieces for not giving Rodgers his wish. Rodgers, meanwhile, is also said to be torn. It’s not the 4-12 Bengals. This is a roster that has reached the NFC Championship in the past two seasons.
It would be the worst case for both, and it would cost Gutekunst his job in a year.
5. Rodgers plays another year at Green Bay
That was the scenario SN painted after loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. This remains the most financially logical scenario for Green Bay, and it would make the 2021 season feel like “Last Dance”.
That’s what former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause – to whom Rodgers allegedly compared Gutekunst in a team chat – did in Chicago in 1997-98. Krause held this position until 2003.
Gutekunst kept the majority of last year’s roster internally, with the exception of center Cory Linsley, and the Packers had a strong draft that helped Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes, center of the ‘Ohio State Josh Myers and Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers.
Gutekunst and Rodgers could partially repair the fence ahead of training camp, which would create what could be a watershed Super Bowl season or a radioactive mess that spreads in 2022. Either way, unless there isn’t a sensible extension or restructuring for Rodgers, it feels like his last season with the Packers. Gutekunst keeps his job and the Age of Love begins in 2022.
6. Rodgers ends his career with Packers
It would take a lot at this point. If Rodgers retires with Green Bay, that would more than likely mean that Love and Gutekunst weren’t part of the organization. It’s a highly unlikely scenario that the three will be together in Green Bay for more than two years.
If Gutekunst is sacked before Rodgers leaves, it would set an interesting precedent for future quarterback-management disputes. The DOJ is rarely – if ever – fired when these disputes arise.
If Love is traded, the Packers still run the risk of losing Rodgers. An extension is expected to be agreed to ensure anything but guarantees Rodgers will stay at Green Bay.
Basically, Gutekunst and Rodgers would have to mend a very public feud for this to happen, and it rarely, if ever, happens.