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Here is why Aaron Rodgers is reportedly unlikely to opt out of 2021

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has a unique opportunity to sit out the 2021 season without taking a huge financial hit, but the Green Bay Packers star is unlikely to go that route.

Like last season, there is an agreement in place between the NFL and NFL Players Association that allows players to opt out of all of 2021 and essentially delay the player’s contract. Rodgers is in the middle of a dispute with the Packers that has no end in sight, so there has been speculation that he could simply opt out and have the team agree to trade him next offseason.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, that is unlikely to happen. The main reason is that the deadline to opt out is July 2, and the decision is final.

Rodgers already collected a $6.8 million roster bonus for this season in March. He also has an $11.5 million signing bonus for this season. That money would still eventually be paid out if he opts out of 2021. However, as one source told Florio, Rodgers is confident he won’t have to pay back any money even if he doesn’t opt out and still ends up not playing this season.

There are still too many unknowns with the situation between Rodgers and the Packers, so the belief is that the 37-year-old will not want to make himself ineligible for the 2021 season by July 2.

Another option for Rodgers would be retiring due to a football injury and then returning in 2022. However, Florio notes that Rodgers has given no indication that he would go that route.

A recent country club rumor involving Rodgers got Packers fans excited, but the drama is likely to drag on for at least several more weeks.

Should Packers be worried about Davante Adams’ latest Aaron Rodgers comments?

Davante Adams

The situation between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers has gotten quiet over the past few weeks, and it is hard to tell if that is a positive or negative sign for the team. Davante Adams once again shared his thoughts on the stalemate this week, and some within the NFL community think the remarks should worry the Packers.

Adams told Paulina Dedaj of FOX News on Monday that he will be at training camp next month “ready to rock” regardless of what happens with Rodgers. The star receiver certainly did not sound confident that Rodgers will also be in attendance.

“Hopefully, Aaron will be there as well and if he’s not, we’re gonna get going,” Adams said. “Like I said in the press recently, I back him and I support him whatever he does. It’s just kind of how we get down. We’ve always had each other’s backs since I first got here. Like I said, praying that he comes back, but if not I’ll be there and I’ll be working.”

It’s worth noting that Rodgers and Adams are close. Adams probably has a better idea of what is going on than the average person, and we doubt he would weaken Rodgers’ stance even if he knew the reigning NFL MVP was eventually planning to show up.

That said, former NFL executive and ESPN analyst Mike Tannenbaum said on “Get Up!” Wednesday that he thinks the Packers should be concerned.

It doesn’t seem like Rodgers is anywhere close to backing down, even if a recent rumor about him joining a country club got some Green Bay fans excited.

Adams and Rodgers are arguably the best QB-WR duo in the NFL, so it goes without saying that Adams wants Rodgers back. Perhaps he understands that No. 12 holding out into the season is a legitimate possibility.

Tom Brady calls out Aaron Rodgers, Bryson DeChambeau in funny putting video

Tom Brady putting

Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson are preparing to face Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau in “The Match” in just two weeks, and the reigning Super Bowl MVP looks like he is ready for the challenge.

Brady shared a video on social media Tuesday of him draining three long putts in a row on the practice green. He first called out Rodgers and DeChambeau before sinking a long bomb for Mickelson, his partner. Was the footage edited? Almost certainly, but the message was clear.

Brady has done everything he can to hype up the latest installment of “The Match.” He immediately trolled Rodgers and DeChambeau on Twitter immediately after the event was announced, and he has shown no signs of slowing down.

Let’s keep in mind that Brady embarrassed himself in many ways during “The Match” last year. All this trash talk will mean nothing if he plays like that again.

This Aaron Rodgers country club rumor has Packers fans excited

Aaron Rodgers

The big question surrounding Aaron Rodgers is whether he will be playing for the Green Bay Packers this season.

Rodgers is on bad terms with the team and seems to want out. He did not report to minicamp. He has issues with one particular member of the front office. But the team has not traded him.

Are they planning to keep him? Will Rodgers sit out the season or end up reporting to the team? Everyone wants to know, and that has resulted in people looking for informational clues any way they can.

On Friday, The Score in the Appleton-Oshkosh area of Wisconsin reported a hint about Rodgers’ future. Rather, they shared a really fun rumor.

The Score claimed that Rodgers renewed his membership to Green Bay Country Club for the remainder of the year.

We share this not because we want you to take this as factual information. Rather, we want to delineate how wacky the situation has become. Those in Green Bay are so desperate for information and hints about Rodgers’ future that we have country club rumors popping up. That’s how you know we’ve hit a new level of wildness in the situation.

As for the situation, we probably won’t get an answer on the situation until closer to the season.

NFL reporters share predictions for when Aaron Rodgers will join Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers seems unlikely to report to training camp with the Green Bay Packers next month unless there is a breakthrough in the ongoing feud between him and the team. Some NFL insiders don’t expect to see the reigning MVP until Week 1 and potentially beyond.

Several NFL writers from The Athletic gave their predictions on Friday for when Rodgers will report to the Packers — if he does at all. Both Dan Pompei and Mike Sando believe Rodgers will show up in time for the regular season. Tim Graham explained why he could see Rodgers missing meaningful games.

“While Rodgers strikes me as squirrelly, he also seems like a man of conviction. That makes this situation difficult to forecast,” Graham wrote. “The Packers don’t want to trade him, but he has enough status and financial leverage to play chicken. I predict he will not report to Packers training camp and — I realize this is aggressive on my part — even miss regular-season games unless he’s dealt.”

The idea might sound farfetched at the moment, but Graham is not the only reporter to propose it. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky recently explained why it might make sense for both Rodgers and the Packers if the 37-year-old sits out the entire 2021 season.

Rodgers stands to lose a ton of money if his holdout continues, but he doesn’t seem concerned about that. He disagrees with the way the Packers have operated in recent years, and that’s why he wants a fresh start elsewhere.

Aaron Rodgers cracks funny joke about his drama-filled offseason

Aaron Rodgers

The 2021 offseason has been unlike any other for Aaron Rodgers, but the Green Bay Packers star insists he is simply living the dream.

During a video conference call on Tuesday to promote “The Match,” Rodgers was asked a sarcastic question about his quiet offseason in which his name has hardly made headlines. The two-time NFL MVP played along.

“It’s been one of those quiet offseasons you dream about where you can just kind of go through your process on your own quietly,” Rodgers said. “That’s all you can ask for as an older player in the league and someone who’s been around for a long time — to just enjoy that time to yourself and just relax and not be bothered and not have any obligations or anything going on.”

There was a lot of truth in Rodgers’ response in addition to the sarcasm. He said this offseason has been about “really enjoying my time and spending it where I want to spend it,” which is exactly what he has been doing. Rather than report to OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Rodgers has been living it up in Hawaii while reports swirl about him wanting out of Green Bay.

Still, this has hardly been a quiet offseason for Rodgers. Whether it’s the ongoing feud between him and the Packers or Tom Brady ruthlessly trolling him, Rodgers has been in the headlines constantly.

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers troll Packers during ‘The Match’ promo

Tom Brady

Tom Brady began ruthlessly trolling Aaron Rodgers immediately after it was announced last month that the two would be facing off in the latest installment of “The Match.” On Tuesday, the seven-time Super Bowl champion proved that he is capable of firing shots away from Twitter as well.

Brady and his partner Phil Mickelson were on a video conference call with Rodgers and his partner Bryson DeChambeau when Brady took yet another shot at Rodgers about the Green Bay Packers not going for it on 4th down in the playoffs. Brady told DeChambeau that he has a partner who “probably would like to go for it a little more often than he has in the past.”

Here’s the video:

Rodgers’ response may have been even better than Brady’s zinger. DeChambeau said he doesn’t want to pressure Rodgers and that Rodgers can “choose whatever he wants to do.”

“Well, I usually don’t get the option, in my experience,” Rodgers quipped back.

The two quarterbacks were referring to when the Packers kicked a field goal late in their playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. Green Bay was down 8 with just over two minutes left and facing 4th and goal from the Tampa Bay 8-yard line. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur opted to kick a field goal and hope his team got the ball back, which it never did.

Brady trolled Rodgers over the decision with a hilarious meme last month, and Rodgers had a funny response on Twitter. Since the field goal decision wasn’t his, Rodgers didn’t even try to defend himself this time.

Shailene Woodley hints at why relationship with Aaron Rodgers moved so quickly

Shailene Woodley

Aaron Rodgers stunned the sports and gossip communities earlier this year when he casually revealed he was engaged during his MVP Award acceptance speech. Most people did not know the Green Bay Packers star had been dating someone after he split with Danica Patrick, so it seemed like his latest relationship was moving at warp speed. Now we have a better understanding of why.

Shailene Woodley discussed her relationship with Rodgers during a wide-ranging interview with Shape recently. She said the two began dating at around the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Because they were unable to travel back in forth, they decided to move in together.

“Starting a relationship where you immediately move in with someone — because it’s a pandemic and you can’t just get on a plane and go back and forth on weekends — taught us a lot about each other very quickly,” Woodley explained. “We jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early.”

Woodley added that she was alone with her dog for the first three months of the pandemic, so she may not have been dating Rodgers at that point. It’s unclear when exactly the two got engaged, but it sounds like it was after less than a year of dating.

The pandemic created some unusual circumstances for the Rodgers-Woodley relationship. Rodgers explained two months ago how it actually helped the two keep things under wraps for a while.

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Here is how much money Aaron Rodgers could lose if holdout continues

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has already subjected himself to more than $90,000 in fines by not attending mandatory minicamp with the Green Bay Packers. That may seem insignificant to a player who has made more than $200 million on the field alone during his career, but the penalties could increase rapidly in the coming months.

Unless there is a major breakthrough in the dispute between Rodgers and the Packers, the reigning NFL MVP is expected to continue his holdout through the start of training camp next month. Some even expect him to sit out the 2021 season if he is not traded. Should Rodgers go that route, he stands to lose more than $35 million.

Here is the breakdown:

If there is truly no changing Rodgers’ mind, allowing him to sit out the entire 2021 season might be the best option for the Packers. That would allow them to recoup a significant amount of money and then trade Rodgers next offseason. He’ll be 38 then, but his value will likely remain the same.

Packers president Mark Murphy has made a couple of unflattering remarks about Rodgers recently. That may be his way of trying to turn the fanbase against Rodgers, or the team may truly be holding its ground. Time will tell.

Packers president has another unflattering quote about Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Whether he means to or not, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy seems willing to further inflame the Aaron Rodgers situation with his public comments.

Speaking at an event Thursday at Lambeau Field, Murphy attributed a quote to late Packers GM Ted Thompson, who drafted Rodgers in 2005. Murphy said Thompson often referred to Rodgers as “complicated.”

“I’m often reminded though … of Ted Thompson, as most of you know, just a great general manager, passed away (earlier this year),” Murphy said, via NBC 26 Green Bay. “(Thompson) often talked about Aaron, that he’s a… and it wasn’t just Aaron, a lot of different players. He would say ‘He’s a complicated fella.'”

It’s not clear what Murphy is trying to do here, if there’s a point to it at all. Perhaps he’s trying to turn the fanbase against Rodgers to a certain degree. Either way, it feels a bit off using Thompson’s words to seemingly throw shade at Rodgers. That’s especially true when Thompson, who died in January, isn’t here to add any context to it.

Murphy said earlier in the month that Rodgers had divided the Packers’ fanbase. In the same quote, he also said both sides should stay publicly quiet and work things out. It might be best if he took his own advice, because if Rodgers is as complicated as Murphy is saying, this seems unlikely to go down well.