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Here is how much money Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants from Packers

Aaron Rodgers

The issues Aaron Rodgers has with the Green Bay Packers are supposedly not about money, but that does not necessarily mean money can’t fix them.

A recent report claimed Rodgers turned down a multi-year contract extension from the Packers this offseason that would have made him the highest-paid player in football. Of course, all that matters with NFL contracts is guaranteed money, and there were no details about the structure of the supposed offer.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was told by a source that Rodgers is open to committing to the Packers beyond the 2021 season. What the reigning MVP wants is a contract that is structured in a way that proves the team isn’t going to replace him with Jordan Love in the near future. According to Florio, one team that has or had interest in Rodgers believes he is looking for $90 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.

An average salary of $45 million would put Rodgers on the same level as Patrick Mahomes. The guaranteed aspect of the contract would obviously prove Green Bay is committed to Rodgers for at least two more years. It might also influence the Packers to go all-in to build the best roster possible in 2021 and 2022, though they have generally always taken a long-term approach to roster construction.

History tells us that offer is not coming, even for Rodgers. There’s a reason the Packers traded up last year to draft Love. They believe he can be their quarterback of the future, and showing Brett Favre the door to turn things over to Rodgers certainly worked out for them. Why would they change their approach?

There have been indications recently that Rodgers will play this season. The most likely scenario could be an agreement between the two sides that essentially assures they make one more run at a title before parting ways. Rodgers and Davante Adams may have hinted at that with their recent social media activity.

Aaron Rodgers has followed typical offseason regiment despite retirement talk

Aaron Rodgers

If Aaron Rodgers is going to retire to avoid playing for the Green Bay Packers in 2021, he will have done so despite doing his full offseason routine.

According to a report from ESPN, Rodgers has done the same offseason regiment as he has for the bulk of the last ten years despite the speculation surrounding his future. The quarterback followed Proactive Sports Performance, a program which typically lasts up to seven weeks and includes work in the weight room, on sand dunes, and on the field.

Proactive Sports Performance confirmed to ESPN Saturday that Rodgers is “working and he’s ready” for the NFL season.

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to what this actually means. It certainly works with what Rodgers and Davante Adams posted on social media recently. It also seems unlikely that Rodgers would follow such an intensive program if retirement speculation was true, but this entire affair has been extremely unpredictable. At the very least, it’s a slight reason for optimism among Packers fans.

Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams post identical ‘Last Dance’ photos

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams posted what may be a huge hint as to their plans for the 2021 season.

Early Saturday, Rodgers and Adams posted identical photos to their Instagram stories of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen from “The Last Dance.” The cryptic posts did not include any text, further fueling speculation as to their meaning.

The obvious interpretation is that this is a signal that Rodgers and Adams are poised to play one more season together with the Green Bay Packers as they go for a championship. Adams has reportedly halted contract talks with the Packers as he enters the final year of his deal, while Rodgers’ issues with the organization have been clear for months. With Adams facing a possible exit and Rodgers wanting out but not having a clear way to force the issue, it’s an interpretation that makes sense.

On the other hand, that would require Rodgers to play for the Packers in 2021, an outcome some don’t expect to happen. There’s been chatter that the Packers might have one way of convincing Rodgers to play this season, but it’s unclear if they’re willing to do it.

Rodgers and Adams no doubt knew posts like this would spark a frenzy of speculation without providing any clarity. Perhaps that’s exactly what they wanted.

Sportsbooks believe Aaron Rodgers retirement is imminent?

Aaron Rodgers

With Aaron Rodgers giving nothing away regarding his NFL future, people are looking everywhere for signs as to what he may be thinking. The latest hint comes in the form of multiple sportsbooks abruptly shifting their Packers-related odds.

According to Bill Huber of FanNation, Westgate SuperBook closed all of its NFC North markets, including playoff and divisional odds and win totals. Two other anonymous sportsbooks privately said that there is an expectation that Rodgers will announce his retirement within the next week, prompting major shifts in Packers-related odds.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk points out that both PointsBet and DraftKings have removed the Packers from the list of available over-under win total bets, while the 31 other teams remain available.

Sometimes Vegas does know something, as sportsbooks don’t want to lose money and generally put plenty of thought into their lines for that exact reason. Still, a Rodgers retirement would be abrupt. It would also make some sense, as he would avoid fines for skipping training camp and could theoretically unretire in a year. Doing so would, however, cost Rodgers a significant sum of money.

Informed speculation has indicated that Rodgers is simply not going to play for the Packers in 2021. How he goes about avoiding that remains to be seen. However it happens, the sportsbooks certainly seem to think a resolution is coming soon.

Packers fan Usain Bolt makes plea for Aaron Rodgers to stay

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt is a huge Green Bay Packers fan, who knew?

Bolt joined Sports Illustrated for an interview published on Thursday. In the interview, Bolt made clear his support of the Packers. The host even gave the track star the opportunity to make a plea for Aaron Rodgers to stay with the Packers. Bolt didn’t miss the opportunity.

“I would beg Aaron Rodgers to stay,” Bolt began. “Last year we were very close. We were so close. I think that this year we had the draft and we got a lot of good players. And a lot of guys have stayed. Davante Adams and everybody. So, I need Aaron Rodgers to stay. Aaron Rodgers, please stay at Green Bay. We need you.”

Bolt, 34, is an 8-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter. He may be the fastest man in the world, but he’s also no different from other fans when it comes to his favorite team. Although based on what Rodgers’ future mother-in-law says, Rodgers’ issues with the Packers run deep.

Aaron Rodgers is reportedly looking to ‘pull a Tom Brady’

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has made it clear this offseason that he is not looking for a contract extension from the Green Bay Packers. If that’s all he wanted, the star quarterback probably would have shown up to work a long time ago. What Rodgers really wants, according to one report, is a contract reduction.

Rodgers has three years remaining on the four-year, $134 million extension he signed with Green Bay back in 2018. It’s obvious he wants the Packers to trade him, but Matt Lombardo of Fansided was told by multiple sources that Rodgers at least wants out of his contract sooner if that is not going to happen.

One NFC executive told Lombardo that Rodgers wants his deal restructured in a way that will allow him to do what Tom Brady has done on the tail end of his career.

“He wants to get some sort of deal done,” the exec said. “But, he wants years off his deal, so he can pull a Tom Brady and be the next guy to try to go elsewhere to win a championship.”

The chances of Rodgers smoothing things over with Green Bay’s brass seem slim. There is also very little chance he will sit out the entire 2021 season, which is why an agreement between the two sides to spend one more year together makes the most sense.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently predicted that the Packers will have to restructure Rodgers’ contract in a way that assures he will not remain with the team in 2022. That type of arrangement might work for both sides, as it would allow Green Bay to chase one more Super Bowl with Rodgers before turning things over to Jordan Love.

The Packers may be able to convince Rodgers to stay for one more season, but that will likely be it unless something drastically changes. Even his soon-to-be mother-in-law hinted this week that the issues between Rodgers and the team may not be fixable.

Mother of Shailene Woodley shares what Aaron Rodgers’ issue is

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t talk much with the media or share his feelings on what is going on between him and the Green Bay Packers. That has left others to speak for him in the form of rumors, reports, and now, retweets.

Lori Woodley, the mother of Rodgers’ fiancee Shailene Woodley, gave a strong idea of Rodgers’ issues with Green Bay. She retweeted a video of ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith talking about Rodgers’ situation. In the video, Smith says that the Packers have not treated Rodgers well.

“It’s not about football. It’s not just about the money. This is about the way the Green Bay Packers have treated their star player. They have disregarded him. They have dismissed him. They have minimized him. They have disrespected him. And he said bump y’all, enough is enough,” Smith said.

Woodley added her own comments on top of the video, saying Smith’s words were “spoken truth.”

It looks like Lori Woodley is drinking the Aaron Rodgers Kool-Aid, though that shouldn’t come as a shock.

The Packers were in a tough situation with Rodgers — facing the late part of a career for a star player. Those situations are always tricky. It got ugly when the Packers parted ways with Brett Favre and drafted Rodgers. Then the Packers were preparing for the future by drafting Jordan Love and not wanting to commit tons of money to Rodgers as he aged. What’s so hard about that to understand?

Of course, Rodgers is a “complicated fella” who has a massive chip on his shoulder. He takes offense to slights and does not let them go. The Packers likely underestimated how poorly it would go over when they drafted Love. Either that, or they didn’t count on Rodgers having an MVP season and then telling the team to beat it.

Aaron Rodgers tweets his reaction to Milwaukee Bucks winning championship

Aaron Rodgers

The Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA champions, and Aaron Rodgers is every bit as happy as you could imagine.

Rodgers, who is from California but has played in Wisconsin since being drafted by the Packers in 2005, has been a Bucks fan for several years. He even became a part-owner of the team in 2018.

The Packers quarterback has been tweeting his thoughts little-by-little throughout the Bucks’ championship run.

On Tuesday night, the Bucks beat the Suns 105-98 in Game 6 to clinch the title. Rodgers tweeted a few brief thoughts.

He also recognized the big game by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 50 points.

This wasn’t Rodgers’ night, but it was nice for him and all the fans who have supported the teams for several years to see them win it all.

Pat McAfee sheds light on two entertaining Aaron Rodgers rumors

Aaron Rodgers

The Aaron Rodgers drama has officially reached the point where people are reporting on the cleanliness of his Green Bay-area home, and one of the quarterback’s buddies is here to tell us all to pump the brakes.

Former NFL punter Pat McAfee, who has Rodgers as a regular guest on “The Pat McAfee Show,” addressed two of the more popular Rodgers offseason rumors on Tuesday. The latest is that Rodgers recently had his home deep cleaned after being away for a while, which many took to mean he is getting ready to move back in and report to the Packers.

A source told McAfee that is not true. He said on his show Tuesday that Rodgers has never had his house deep cleaned or cleaned in general by anyone other than his personal housekeeper. McAfee also addressed a rumor from earlier in the offseason that Rodgers had renewed his membership to Green Bay Country Club. Based on what McAfee was told, the renewal was automatic.

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Bottom line: None of this means anything and no one really knows when or if Rodgers will report to the Packers. What we do know is that the issue is not about money, as he reportedly turned down a massive extension from the team already.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently offered an interesting prediction for how the Rodgers situation may play out.

Aaron Rodgers reportedly turned down massive extension from Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has yet to report to the Green Bay Packers, and there was initially speculation that he wanted a new contract. We now have further evidence that it is not about the money for the reigning NFL MVP.

Rodgers turned down a two-year contract extension offer from the Packers earlier this offseason, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The deal would have tied the the 37-year-old to Green Bay for five more seasons and made him the highest-paid quarterback in football.

Those who have some insight into Rodgers’ thinking have said his issue with the Packers is more about their organizational philosophy than anything. Rodgers has admitted he was not pleased with the team’s decision to trade up in the draft for quarterback Jordan Love last year. However, he is said to have been more angry that the Packers left him in the dark about the decision.

James Jones, who played with Rodgers in Green Bay and has maintained a friendship with the QB, hinted last month that Rodgers has been unhappy with the team letting certain veteran players walk.

If Rodgers simply wanted a raise, the issue would likely be resolved by now. It is clearly a lot more complicated than that. Schefter recently shared an interesting prediction for how the situation may play out.