Although Aaron Rodgers has not been traded, the Green Bay Packers star did not report to OTAs on Monday morning .
There will be no bigger story this NFL offseason than the status of Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers. The 37-year-old has made it clear that he would like to leave the organization and continue his playing career elsewhere.
If words don’t speak loud enough, actions do. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Rodgers did not report Monday to team OTAs with his fellow Packers star. Why is this relevant news one might ask? Throughout his NFL career, Rodgers has been a regular participant in OTA’s for the organization.
Him not appearing is a wake up call on his status moving forward.
Should the Packers be worried on the status of Rodgers?
There is no telling if Rodgers will return to even meet with head coach Matt LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst for further evaluation of the situation. Of course, the asking price for the veteran would be steep should Green Bay elect to make him available.
Rodgers is coming off his third MVP season in which he threw for over 45 touchdowns and a mere five interceptions. One of the chief concerns has been the franchise hasn’t provided him a stable No. 2 weapon outside of Davante Adams. In April, the Packers perhaps found a gem in Clemson’s Amari Rodgers on Day 2.
Trading Rodgers is more difficult than one could imagine. The hope would be that second-year quarterback Jordan Love would be ready to start Week 1 and keep the success over the past two seasons alive. Love was able to attend rookie camp last week as the NFL allows quarterback who played under 25 percent of snaps during their first year to participate.
Holding out could become expensive for Rodgers. According to Demovsky, if he does not report for next month’s mandatory minicamp, he is subject to a fine of $93,085 ($15,515 for the first missed day, $31,030 for the second missed day and $46,540 for the third missed day).
Although the Packers are 26-6 over the past two seasons, things don’t look pretty on Lombardi Ave. entering June.