Aaron Rodgers proved last year that he is worth the price of admission and just about whatever he wants as he put in an MVP season that his Green Bay Packers just one game from going to the Super Bowl.
Things have went haywire this offseason with Rodgers reportedly wanting out of town. This entire time, we have been told that it is not about 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, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that 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.)”
To make matters worse, there’s a growing rumor that Rodgers will choose to retire before the start of training camp.
We will find out for sure in the coming days.