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Packers president ignores Aaron Rodgers in latest column

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers fans have had one obvious concern at the forefront of their minds all offseason, but team president Mark Murphy could be done addressing the situation for now.

Murphy writes a column for Packers.com once a month in which he addresses a topic of interest for the team and answers five questions from fans. Last month, Murphy addressed the Rodgers drama and surprised some people when he said he believes it has divided the fanbase. He also said the Packers were working with Rodgers on a resolution.

In Monday’s column, Murphy made no mention of Rodgers. He was undoubtedly flooded with questions about the reigning NFL MVP, but Murphy instead chose to discuss other topics like fans being welcomed back at Lambeau Field and the recent news about NFL throwback uniforms.

Did Murphy intentionally omit Rodgers from his column? Probably, but that doesn’t mean the situation has grown more tense. Both sides have gone fairly quiet in recent weeks, which could be a positive sign. It could also mean there is nothing to report and that Rodgers is no closer to returning to the team.

Whatever the case, Rodgers’ camp probably appreciates the silence from Murphy more than some of the unflattering quotes the team president has delivered.

Aaron Rodgers sends 2-word tweet after Bucks make NBA Finals

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers sent a two-word tweet after his Milwaukee Bucks made the NBA Finals on Saturday night.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is a minority owner of the team. His tweet was simple and focused on the team winning the championship:

At least Rodgers is aligned with many fans in Wisconsin on one matter.

The Bucks have been a top team in the regular season for three years in a row, but they were coming up short in the playoffs. They lost in the conference finals two seasons ago, the conference semis last season, but they have broken through to the NBA Finals this year.

Now it will be between the Bucks and Phoenix Suns to see who wins it all.

Aaron Rodgers makes key 2020 decision as first deadline passes

Aaron Rodgers

The first key deadline of Aaron Rodgers’ offseason has passed in terms of whether he’ll play for the Green Bay Packers in 2021.

Rodgers had until 4 p.m. ET Friday to decide whether or not he was going to opt out of the 2021 season. Doing so would have protected Rodgers from any fines he would pick up from holding out from the Packers and allowed him to retain some bonus money, but the decision also would have been irreversible.

Unsurprisingly, the deadline passed without any news from Rodgers, meaning the quarterback is still eligible to play in 2021. While this doesn’t necessarily clear up the quarterback’s future in Green Bay, it’s at least a key step toward adding some clarity to the situation.

Rodgers was considered unlikely to opt out even though he’s unhappy with the Packers and wants a trade. The finality of the decision simply made it unfeasible for the veteran quarterback. It leaves the door open to him possibly playing for Green Bay in 2021. On the other hand, it also suggests he believes there’s still the possibility of a trade, though a new report cast some serious doubt on that.

Aaron Rodgers no longer generating trade interest?

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has yet to indicate whether or not he will report to the Green Bay Packers this offseason, but it does not sound like the team is exploring potential trades for the reigning NFL MVP.

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. Some have wondered if Rodgers could go that route, but Friday is the last day players can opt out. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “Get Up!” Friday morning that the feeling around the NFL is Rodgers won’t opt out, so what’s next?

Not a trade, apparently.

“Now, I talked to a source who said, ‘Look, he’s the most competitive person in the world, opting out and killing his season right now on July 2 would be difficult for him to do,'” Fowler said, as transcribed by Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels. “I’ve also checked in with multiple teams around the league who are monitoring the Aaron Rodgers trade situation. They said there is no trade market for Rodgers right now.”

The later we get into the offseason, the less likely Rodgers is to be traded. The vast majority of NFL teams already know who their starting quarterback will be in Week 1. A select few (like the Denver Broncos) would probably be willing to acquire Rodgers at any time, but the Packers insist they are not trading the 37-year-old.

A recent rumor about Rodgers and a country club got Packers fans excited, but there is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the situation.

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.