Aaron Rodgers had an interesting comment on his future with the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers was interviewed by his ESPN friend, Kenny Mayne, and talked about his future. Mayne asked Rodgers whether the quarterback wanted to finish his career in Green Bay. At the end of his question, Mayne said that the Packers have been Rodgers’ team.
“So far, it’s definitely been my team,” Rodgers told Mayne. “I said last year I didn’t know if that was actually possible to be able to finish there. I still feel that’s kind of where we’re at. I don’t know that a lot of that is in my hands. I guess we’ll just kind of see as we go.”
Rodgers began hinting at issues with the Packers as soon as the season ended. There are some signs from Green Bay that the Packers have hesitancy about Rodgers’ future with the team.
Even when he was a member of the Patriots, Tom Brady recognized that he might not finish his career in New England. And look at what happened — he eventually left for Tampa Bay. Maybe Rodgers is giving us some clues that he could wind up playing somewhere else too.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is trying out a new job this offseason, and he’s preparing for it as obsessively as he does his regular one.
Rodgers will serve as the guest host of “Jeopardy!” for a two week stint, and his episodes will begin airing Monday, April 5. The veteran quarterback is a huge fan of the show, and he suggested he prepared for his hosting stint as intensely as he’s prepared for any NFL game.
“I watched hours and hours and hours of episodes,” Rodgers told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky on Friday. “Luckily Netflix has a few seasons, and I went back to DVR. But I had to watch from a different perspective — from Alex (Trebek)’s perspective. I couldn’t watch it as a fan anymore.
“I took pages and pages and pages of notes. I wrote down every affirmative that he said to any type of clue. I wrote down how he would respond if they didn’t get it right. I wrote down beat points of the show. I wrote down all the different ways he would take it to break. I wrote down the stuff that he said coming out of break. Literally, I studied for this like no other. I wanted to absolutely just crush it.”
Rodgers suggested that his level of preparation came as a pleasant surprise to the show’s producers and executives.
“So we get into the first game, the first run-through, there’s 30 questions in a Jeopardy round, and after the first 15 questions, we go to break. They say it in your earpiece, ‘Take it to break.’ So I take it to break, and there was a pause, and I think everyone was like, ‘Whoa, OK, this guy kind of knows what he’s doing here.’
“One of the head producers said as much. She was like, ‘I’m just so appreciative of your approach.’ And my whole thing was I felt like the best way to honor Alex’s memory was to be so dialed in and so ready, and that’s the approach I took. So I was ready to rock and roll.”
Rodgers is a huge “Jeopardy!” fan and has never made any secret of that. He even took part in one of the show’s celebrity tournaments in 2015 and said meeting Alex Trebek was one of his biggest highlights. Combine that fandom with the level of preparation he’s used to undertaking as an NFL quarterback and it’s no surprise he went all out for this.
Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley quietly got engaged at some point over the last several months, and now the public is starting to get more of a glimpse of them.
On Monday, they were photographed by the media together in public for the first time since their engagement.
TMZ published photos of the couple taken on a tarmac in Costa Careyes.
The two, and a group of friends, were leaving Mexico, according to TMZ.
Rodgers began dating Woodley after his breakup with Danica Patrick last summer. The Green Bay Packers quarterback revealed during his NFL MVP acceptance speech in February that he was engaged.
The two have recently said they were engaged for some time before Rodgers made the news public in February.
Aaron Rodgers sent Green Bay Packers fans into a frenzy at the conclusion of last season when he indicated his future with the franchise is uncertain, and it is fair to wonder if the star quarterback still feels that way.
Rodgers and the Packers have not yet worked out a contract extension. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported on Tuesday that the team paid Rodgers his $6.8 million roster bonus last week rather than convert it to a signing bonus, which would have freed up $4.5 million in salary cap space this year. That money would have been pushed to 2022 and 2023, which may be why Green Bay preferred to just pay it now.
That may also say something about how long the Packers plan to keep Rodgers. While it is still possible that the two sides will work out an extension, Green Bay’s perceived hesitance to avoid paying dead cap money down the road if they move on from Rodgers is noteworthy.
Sources told Demovsky that Rodgers wants assurances from the Packers that he will not enter the 2021 season as a “lame duck.” That could be accomplished by converting some or most of his $14.7 million base salary for next season into a signing bonus, which would free up salary cap space for 2021 but increase Rodgers’ dead cap hit for 2022.
If the Packers would rather just leave things as is, that could be an indication that they are thinking about turning to Jordan Love sooner rather than later. Rodgers is 37 and had one of his best seasons last year, but we all remember when Green Bay moved on from Brett Favre in favor of him. Could the same happen with Rodgers and Love?
A separate report this week indicated that the Packers are treading lightly in negotiations with Rodgers. That makes sense given the comments he made after Green Bay’s loss in the NFC Championship Game, which you can read here.
In all likelihood, Rodgers wants the Packers to prove they are doing everything they can to win with him now. Showing that level of commitment while trying to stay out of salary cap jail in future seasons can be a difficult balance.
The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers appear to have mutual interest in working out a new contract this offseason, but the two sides have yet to come to an agreement. From the way it sounds, the Packers are making sure to tread carefully with their star quarterback.
Michael Silver of NFL Network spoke on Monday about the potential of a restructure or extension for Rodgers. He noted how the Packers have not signed any outside free agents this offseason and that lowering Rodgers’ salary cap number would allow them to do that. However, Green Bay needs to do that in a way that doesn’t offend Rodgers and make him feel like the team believes he only has one or two good seasons left.
“If your attitude is, ‘We’re all-in on Aaron Rodgers and we’re just trying to make it happen while he’s here,’ that restructure should have already been done,” Silver said. “If you’re trying to split the difference and say, ‘Well, we’ll get some cap relief, but if we do want to go to Jordan Love after this season it won’t hurt us that badly,’ that is a disturbing development in a pattern that has gone on for a long, long time.”
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In other words, the Packers probably don’t want to restructure Rodgers’ contract in a way that frees up space now but puts them in a tough position down the road. You can’t blame them for that, but Rodgers may interpret that to mean they are not willing to sacrifice their future to win with him now.
Rodgers has two years and $50 million left on his current deal. The 37-year-old carries a cap hit of $39.85 million in 2021 and $28.35 in 2022.
While Rodgers created some doubt over his future in Green Bay after last season, that talk has cooled considerably. A long-term extension would throw even more cold water on it.
Aaron Rodgers quickly moved on and got engaged to Shailene Woodley after breaking up with Danica Patrick. Patrick hasn’t found someone new yet as far as the public knows, and that has to do with her standards.
Patrick talked with Tamron Hall for an episode that will be aired on Friday. In the interview, Patrick talked about her dating mentality since the breakup.
“When you know what you don’t want, you know what you do want,” Patrick says, according to US Weekly. “It’s not necessarily that they have their work cut out for him but that they’re going to be an extremely high-quality person with a lot of boxes to check. It’s not as though there are boxes to check, it’s just that I know what I want now and I’m not willing to compromise [or] bend as much.”
Patrick has expressed a similar sentiment over the last several months. The 38-year-old former race car driver said her standards are “off the charts.”
Patrick, who was previously married, dated Ricky Stenhouse Jr. prior to Rodgers.
Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur’s decision to attempt a field goal from the Tampa Bay eight-yard line down eight points with 2:09 to go in the NFC Championship is still hotly debated. LaFleur does have a regret over that series of events, but it’s not the playcall.
LaFleur blamed himself for poor communication with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, adding that he must do better in that regard going forward.
“One thing you definitely learn: I know my communication with [Rodgers] should have been better in that situation,” LaFleur told Peter King of Football Morning in America. “Maybe on that third down we do something a little bit different. His mindset was, ‘we got four downs here.’ It comes down to communication, and that’s something I gotta learn from and be better with him.”
While Rodgers was cautious about throwing his coach under the bus after the decision, it was pretty clear that he thought he had four downs to work with. LaFleur was never operating under that assumption. It’s unlikely to have made the decision to kick the field goal any better, but maybe Rodgers operates differently if he has a better idea of his coach’s mindset.
Aaron Rodgers has been openly critical of some coronavirus restrictions since the pandemic was declared last year, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback took another swipe at California Governor Gavin Newsom recently.
Rodgers was interviewed for an Instagram video for Zenith Watches last week when he mentioned how he has been trying to help small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The former NFL MVP recently donated $1 million to businesses in and around his hometown of Chico, Calif. He mentioned the California lockdowns when speaking about that during the Zenith Watches interview.
“You know, we’re just trying to do our part and as we ease back into the training stuff in my professional life, I just want to make sure where I’m from and the area I’ve called home in the past are doing OK. … And California has really been hit hard by COVID and by the rules that the governor has put in place as well,” Rodgers said, as transcribed by Carlos Garcia of Blaze Media.
This isn’t the first time Rodgers has taken aim at Newsom and other government officials. He previously made a sizable donation to “The Barstool Fund,” which was started by Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy to help struggling small businesses. Rodgers praised Portnoy during one of his routine appearances on “The Pat McAfee Show” and ripped government officials for their hypocrisy.
“I mean, they put these rules in place … they’re not even following their own rules. How many people have gotten caught?” Rodgers asked. “(They say) don’t travel, don’t leave the state. Oh, here’s so-and-so on a vacation. Oh, here’s so-and-so at a salon. Don’t eat out at a restaurant unless you’re wearing a mask and separate. Oh, here’s a picture of the governor of California violating those rules. Oh, public schools are closed but I can send my kids to a private school in person. It’s like, I mean, for us to count on the government to help us out is becoming a joke at this point.”
Rodgers said early in the pandemic that he is not in favor of stay-at-home orders. Newsom was the first governor last year to order a full lockdown for his state, and many others followed suit.
Rodgers was also critical of the NFL last year for some of the league’s coronavirus protocols.
NFL general managers face difficult decisions in the coming weeks as the new league year officially begins and free agency gets underway.
While that’s usually a time for money to be thrown around like Fat Joe and Lil Wayne making it rain, things in 2021 will be very different. Due to financial losses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL salary cap will drop for the first time since its inception in 1994.
There is some potential for the floor to be raised above $180.5 million should the league agree to a new television deal, but even then, more than half the teams will find themselves in some sort of financial trouble. Accordingly, there will be a slew of restructures, extensions, pay cuts and releases.
For the Green Bay Packers, they will need to clear more than $11 million in space to reach the projected cap floor, which is why they restructured the contract of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari. It’s also why they approached quarterback Aaron Rodgers about a contract restructure in late January, reports Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal.
According to a source, the team approached Rodgers around the time of the team’s Jan. 24 season-ending loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game about altering his contract to free up cap space. After that game, Rodgers notably mused about his own uncertain future with the team, and multiple sources said at the time Rodgers was merely seeking a longer-term commitment to him as the quarterback in the wake of last year’s first-round selection of Jordan Love in the NFL draft.
Around that time, Rodgers was a bit cryptic about his future in Green Bay, implying that his status in 2021 and beyond was uncertain and that he’d have to take some times to figure things out.
Rodgers later walked back those comments, but it’s now clear they stemmed from being approached about a possible restructure. And that, of course, came on the heels of Green Bay essentially drafting his successor, Jordan Love, in the 2020 NFL draft, which also didn’t sit well with the three-time NFL MVP.
The 37-year-old Rodgers still has two years and $50 million left on his current deal. Including signing bonuses and other built-in bonuses, he’ll account for a cap hit of $39.85 million in 2021 and $28.35 in 2022. By releasing Rodgers this season, the Packers would absorb a dead cap hit of $17.204 million. It becomes much more manageable next year.
As things sit, there’s no way the Packers can afford the dead cap hit or Rodgers’ current salary. He wants an extension, they want a restructure. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays itself out in the coming weeks.
Aaron Rodgers shared what his next biggest challenge is, and it’s not what you might think.
Rodgers has an endorsement deal with Zenith Watches and recently joined their CEO for an interview on Instagram Live. The Green Bay Packers quarterback talked in the interview about his recent engagement to Shailene Woodley. He also shared that he is looking forward to become to a father one day. He called being a father his “next great challenge.”
“It’s gonna be a really fun challenge. I’ve done a pretty good job at taking care of myself for the last 37 years, and look forward to taking care of another life at some point,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s gonna be so fun. I’ve dreamt about what that would be like and I’m really excited about that chapter, whenever that comes.”
The 37-year-old said that many of his peers now have families, which makes him look forward to joining them, whenever the time comes.
Rodgers may be at an age where many of his close friends are fathers and have families, but the time may not be right for him yet. He just put together an MVP season and seems to be showing no signs of slowing down on the field.
Perhaps he will be similar to Derek Jeter, who got engaged, married, and then had children, all after retiring. Though Rodgers became engaged towards the end of his career, he could be waiting until after his playing career to expand his family.