The Green Bay Packers find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Franchise quarterback Aaron Rogers has made it clear he wants out of dodge. The reigning NFL MVP would rather play for another team.
As the 37-year-old Rodgers plays his game off the field, Green Bay is preparing for training camp in about 48 hours.
The backdrop here is about as clear as day. Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Green Bay for a 17th season. Fresh off Green Bay offering the future Hall of Famer the richest contract in NFL history, Aaron Rodgers is now apparently demanding $90 million over the next two seasons, a total Green Bay is unwilling to match.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Packers shareholders meeting is set for Tuesday. This is important to note in that CEO Mark Murphy will have to address the situation at hand. The Green Bay Packers are the only publicly supported organization in the NFL. With that comes more accountability.
Aaron Rodgers situation could get ugly
As for Rodgers, nothing has changed when it comes to his stance outside of the finances. Recently, reports suggest that he’s demanding $90 million for the next two seasons at an annual average salary of $45 million. Green Bay is unwilling to offer that. Instead, it has offered the reigning NFL MVP a short-term deal that would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
The issue here is contract structure. The Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. They are preparing for a future without one Aaron Rodgers. He knows that full well — leading to a ton of internal issues.
The question now becomes who will bite first. Packers training camp is slated here within a matter of hours. As the only publicly owned organization in the NFL, there’s a good chance we’re going to hear something from this organization here soon. That should be telling.