The Green Bay Packers could be in turmoil after Aaron Rodgers turn down a megadeal
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have been going to for nearly the entire offseason. At some point, it seems that the Packers are going to have to do whatever the veteran wants to keep him or let go of the chord by trading him after June 1.
For now, it is being reported that Green Bay has already tried to fix the problem with their starting quarterback. How so? By offering him more money. How much? A whopping amount.
According to The Athletic’s Bob McGinn, the Packers are a so set on Rodgers staying that they offered to make him the NFL’s highest paid quarterback. McGinn did not say when the offer was officially made , but only that it happened in “recent months.”
Rodgers though turned down the deal. That might be the final sign to keeping everyone involved for another season.
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Should Rodgers have been given a deal to make him the highest paid quarterback, that would exceed the average annual salary to that of Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes. The fifth-year starter inked a 10-year deal last July worth $450 million starting in 2022.
In retrospect, that would mean Green Bay would be paying Rodgers at least $45 million per year, doubling his current $21.5 million due for 2021. That’s what happens when a 37-year-old reining MVP posts career-best numbers and goes 26-6 in two seasons.
This of course doesn’t rule out a potential return to Lombardi Avenue in the coming weeks, but it has been reported since January that Rodgers is looking for a new deal. Currently, Green Bay has set up his contract to where it could get rid of him following the impending the season taking only a $22 million in cap space hit in the process.
The Rodgers deal not only hurts Green Bay at the quarterback position, but it also could mean the end of an era for another superstar. Earlier this week, wide receiver Davante Adams told FS1’s Colin Cowherd that his future with the franchise could be up in the air should No. 12 leave.
“It would change a lot,” Adams said on Rodgers’ potential departure. “Doesn’t mean potentially I’d be gone, but I’d definitely have to do some extra thinking if my guy wasn’t here.”
Packers CEO Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst seem hellbent on keeping Rodgers in Green Bay “for years to come.” That no longer seems plausible. Both have said they are trying to keep the franchise guy around, but have yet to make the needs to ensure his long-term option.
Dominos could be starting to fall left and right in Green Bay. Rodgers turning down more money could speak louder than anything Murphy or Gutekunst could rebuttal.