GREEN BAY, Wis. — Now what do the Green Bay Packers do?
They drafted Jordan Love in 2020, however to not be their quarterback in 2021 and perhaps not even in 2022.
Thursday’s information that Aaron Rodgers has advised some within the Packers group that he does not want to — or plan to — return to Green Bay, in response to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, modifications the whole lot.
What if Rodgers follows via and doesn’t present up for the necessary minicamp in June or when coaching camp begins in late July or in time for the season opener?
What started final 12 months as Rodgers, 37, reiterating that he not solely needed to play into his 40s however needed to do it in Green Bay has performed a 180.
When he stated final Might that “my honest want to begin and end with the identical group, simply because it has with many different gamers over time, might not be a actuality at this level,” it appeared he was placing the onus on the Packers to recommit to him.
A 12 months later, it seems that he doesn’t even need that anymore. He has even turned down contract extensions or renegotiations, in response to Schefter.
If that’s the case, then all of the Packers’ efforts to maintain their crew from final 12 months largely intact — they returned 20 of twenty-two starters on offense and protection — and make one more run at a Super Bowl with the group that reached the NFC Championship Recreation two years in a row would possibly find yourself for naught.
If Inexperienced Bay traded or launched Rodgers at present, it could save $5,646,000 in salary-cap area. If it did so after June 1, it could save $22,850,000 in cap area. Rodgers is beneath contract via 2023 — identical as Love — however has no extra assured cash left on his deal.
Love didn’t get an opportunity to indicate a lot final offseason as a rookie. There have been no in-person offseason exercises, and coaching camp was a truncated model of the actual factor (and included no preseason video games). He didn’t even get QB2 reps; these went to Tim Boyle, who spent final season as Rodgers’ backup.
Dan Orlovsky says groups in draft’s high 10 on the lookout for a quarterback have to inquire about probably buying and selling for a disgruntled Aaron Rodgers.
What Love confirmed, with restricted reps because the No. 3 quarterback, wasn’t all that nice. It’s no surprise basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst expressed how important this offseason was for Love. However vital in order that he might be the backup, not the starter.
Inexperienced Bay invested three seasons in Boyle however then didn’t tender him as a restricted free agent this season. Boyle then signed a one-year take care of the Detroit Lions in free company.
Gutekunst and the Packers have refused all commerce gives for Rodgers. Gutekunst denied shortly after the season that the Los Angeles Rams had made a run at Rodgers, because the Los Angeles Occasions reported on the time. Gutekunst stated there was “no reality” to that. A supply advised ESPN on Thursday that stories of the San Francisco 49ers providing the No. 3 choose plus quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and different draft picks for Rodgers additionally was not true. Nevertheless, Schefter reported that the 49ers did inquire with out making a selected commerce supply.
Both means, it appears as if the Packers could have one other uncomfortable quarterback transition on their palms — and maybe ahead of they thought. 13 years in the past, the Packers moved on from Brett Favre to Rodgers. In that case, Favre rapidly retired after which modified his thoughts, forcing the Packers to commerce him to the Jets in August 2008 as a result of they’d already dedicated to Rodgers.
After a 6-10 first season with Rodgers because the starter, the Packers returned to Tremendous Bowl rivalry and received one quickly after. However that was with Rodgers having been the backup for 3 years. What the Packers would appear like with out Rodgers in 2021 may not even be that good.