With Adam Schefter’s report that Aaron Rodgers turned down a contract extension that would make him the NFL’s highest-paid player, the future for the Green Bay Packers‘ quarterback has become even more unclear.
The offer seems to represent a commitment to Rodgers long term. Of course, Schefter has not provided specific details about the offer. Given the non-guaranteed deals in the NFL, a big contract extension offer might not be everything it seems.
Andrew Brandt is a former Packers executive. He’s clearly soured on the future with Rodgers and his former team, and made a big prediction for how this all plays out.
Brandt says that the reported offer doesn’t make up for the lack of trust that Rodgers has for the team’s current leadership. Even if Rodgers was to accept, he thinks he’ll still push for a trade in 2022, and believes that it will ultimately go down.
The Packers offering Aaron Rodgers more money, more years, more guarantees, whatever doesn’t really change things. Those upgrades will all transfer to the new team upon a trade, which I think will happen…in 2022.
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) July 20, 2021
The big question in Brandt’s scenario is whether Rodgers will play for the Green Bay Packers this year, or not. Rodgers could opt to sit out this season, forfeiting serious money, or he can return for one more year with the Packers, which would really open up plenty of possibilities.
The Packers have been one game short of the playoffs with Rodgers under center in each of the last two seasons. Last year, he thrived in year two under Matt LaFleur, and won the MVP. Another season like that might be hard to walk away from, as it is hard to imagine a situation in which he’d have a significantly better chance of winning a title elsewhere.
At the same time, if Rodgers falls off a bit this year, it could really hurt his leverage, or make it easy for the Packers to elect to move on from him on their terms.
Training camp is just over a week away, and the Aaron Rodgers situation remains the NFL’s biggest mystery.
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