That sound you hear are Green Bay Packers fans losing all hope of Aaron Rodgers ever playing for the team again.
During an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky said he believes there is a “decent chance” Rodgers will not play a single game in 2021. Rodgers has no intention of playing for them again, and the team may be better off waiting until next offseason to trade him.
“I think there’s a decent chance of that, Rich. Here’s why: If you trade him now, there’s no real difference in the value you’re gonna get than if you trade him in February, March or April next year,” Demovsky said. “Let’s say you trade him to Denver right now, and Denver’s probably got a decent team as long as they have a quarterback … they probably win 10, 11, 12 games with Rodgers. All of a sudden that draft pick is in the 20s. If you wait until after the season and Denver has another 5-win or 6-win season and you make the trade before next year’s draft, now you’re picking in the top 10.”
Not only could Rodgers lose out on his $14.7 million base salary, he could have his $11.5 million signing bonus recouped. Additionally, he would miss out on the chance to collect his $6.8 million roster bonus.
The Packers can also fine Rodgers over $2 million if he holds out during training camp. Basically, Rodgers would be out over $35 million if he stays away from Green Bay for all of 2021.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport believes the situation can be fixed.
“No one has told me that Aaron Rodgers is definitely not coming to camp. No one has told me he’s never playing for the Packers again unless this or that happens,” Rapoport said. “He’s had opportunities to say publicly and send messages privately that he wants to get traded – I have not heard that. To me, it’s more ‘can this issue get solved before training camp,’ rather than a staredown.”