Aaron Rodgers turned down Green Bay Packers contract extension offer
Posted On July 20, 2021
GREEN BAY – In an attempt to mend their relationship with Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers have offered a contract extension this offseason that would have tied the quarterback to the team for the next five seasons, several people with knowledge of the talks have confirmed in the United States Network TODAY. People spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the interviews.
Ultimately, Rodgers did not accept the offer.
The offer was not made immediately after Rodgers’ third MVP season, but rather after it became clear that the relationship between the team and the quarterback was broken, a person with knowledge of the offers to the USA TODAY network. The Packers ‘initial reluctance to make any meaningful changes to Rodgers’ contract after the season was believed to have only exacerbated the quarterback’s frustrations.
But the Packers have regrouped to offer an extension that would expire after Rodgers’ 42-year-old season, said several people familiar with the situation. The team’s offer was first reported on Tuesday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Rodgers has three more years on the $ 134 million four-year extension he signed midway through training camp in 2018. At the time, the deal made Rodgers the highest-paid player in the world. the history of the NFL. He has since been passed by four quarters, with the 10-year, $ 450 million contract from Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes headlining.
At $ 33.5 million a year, Rodgers is now tied with Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff for the league’s fifth highest-paid player.
The Packers were poised to make Rodgers the highest-paid player in the league, a person with knowledge of the situation said, but their offer didn’t start there. Several people familiar with the talks said the Packers initially offered to restructure the remaining three years of the Rodgers deal. It’s unclear how much money would have been guaranteed over those three years, but the purpose of the restructuring was to provide more security that Rodgers would be the Packers’ long-term starter after drafting Jordan Love in the first round of the season. last. When Rodgers rejected that offer, the Packers came back with overtime.
Rodgers’ frustration with the Packers is believed to run deeper than financial. In an interview with ESPN “SportsCenter” host Kenny Mayne, Rodgers said his breakup with the team was more personal in nature.
“I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers said. “History is important, the legacy of so many people who came before you, but people. This is the most important thing. People make the organization. People make the business. Sometimes this is The culture is built brick by brick, the foundation of it by the people. Not by the organization, not by the building, not by the society. It is built by the people. “
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a number of amazing and amazing people, and I’ve also worked for some amazing people. And these are the people who build the foundation for these entities. I think sometimes we forget that. , you know . “
Rodgers said his problem with the team had nothing to do with drafting Love as his potential successor. However, he did admit that his MVP season was coming behind the scenes of writing complicated questions for Love.
“A lot of that was set in motion last year,” Rodgers told Mayne, “and the key was kind of thrown in when I won the MVP title and played like I played. last year. So it’s just kind of a spillover of it all, but it’s about the people. That’s the most important thing. “
The Packers have continuously left the door open for a Rodgers return this offseason. After news of Rodgers’ split with the team became public on draft day, general manager Brian Gutekunst said he would not trade the quarterback under any circumstances. Team president / CEO Mark Murphy, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur made separate trips to visit Rodgers out west in an attempt to woo him.
Instead, Rodgers ignored organized voluntary team activities for the first time in his career. Then he skipped the compulsory minicamp. It’s unclear whether the Packers have excused Rodgers’ absence, but it’s an option the team has.
The Packers open training camp next week. Their first training is July 28. Veteran players must show up a day early.
It is not certain that Rodgers is one of them.
“I think he will play for us again,” Gutekunst said on draft day. “We are going to work in that direction, and we have worked in this direction on several fronts. The value he has for our football team is really immeasurable, you know what I mean? He brings so much to the table, no only as a player but as a leader, so important for his teammates, for his coaches, so yes, that’s the goal.
“It might take a while, but he’s the guy who makes it work. He gives us the best chance of winning, and we’ll work on that.”
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette contributed to this report.