Aaron Rodgers‘ situation in Green Bay is reportedly not just about the money.
“Money’s not the problem. It’s his feelings towards the front office. It’s him buying into the GM and the team president,” Yahoo! Sports insider Charles Robinson shared in an appearance on “Brother From Another” last week. “… He’s talked about this idea that ‘it’s not about the corporation, it’s about the people who build the corporation.’ That’s what’s got to be mended here and that can’t really just be done with a contract.”
However, more money could certainly help.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Rodgers is seeking at least $90 million in guaranteed money from the Packers.
Per a league source, it’s believed by at least one team that has (or had) interest in Rodgers that he wants $90 million guaranteed over two years. That would get him to the Patricks Mahomes $45 million high-water mark. With the $45 million average applying to only the first two years and with all of it guaranteed, the structure necessary to pay that kind of money would as a practical matter tie Green Bay’s hands through 2022 and potentially into 2023.
Although some have said it’s not about the money, the money becomes a way to fix a problem that former teammates continue to call fixable. By giving Rodgers the kind of contract that gives the Packers no choice but to (1) keep Rodgers, and (2) keep Jordan Love on the bench, the team necessarily resets the clock to pre-2020 draft, before the moment that the team clumsily traded up to get Love without telling first Rodgers. (Telling him first probably wouldn’t have made it much better.)
Rodgers has yet to report to any Green Bay offseason functions. He did not show up for voluntary OTAs or mandatory minicamp.
Packers training camp is scheduled to begin later this week. There’s a growing rumor that Rodgers will choose to retire before the start of training camp.
Rodgers is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. However, he’s reportedly been frustrated all offseason and it’s unclear if that will change anytime soon.
Perhaps a new contract and $90 million guaranteed would help ease at least some of that frustration.