The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers remain in an awkward spot with each other, and it seems the team may be laying the blame for their fairly quiet offseason at Rodgers’ feet.
The Packers have largely focused on re-signing their own free agents, bringing Aaron Jones, Kevin King, and Marcedes Lewis back into the fold. Little has been done to upgrade the team elsewhere, however, in part due to a lack of cap flexibility. In fact, an anonymous NFL agent told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky that the Packers have been citing Rodgers’ contract as a reason for their inactivity.
“It’s screwing the Packers in a lot of ways right now because there’s just no cap space,” the agent said. “They’ve called me about one of my players and said ‘Hey, this is where we are now, and until we get something big done — hint, hint — we don’t have any space.'”
The Packers could easily convert much of Rodgers’ $14.7 million base salary into a signing bonus, and they could do it without the quarterback’s permission. However, by pushing cap dollars into 2022, it would make Rodgers harder to trade. The same mechanism has come up in response to trade rumors involving another high-profile quarterback.
Rodgers continues to be evasive about his future with the Packers despite his success. The Packers seem unwilling to commit strongly to him, either.
Aaron Rodgers shocked the NFL and gossip communities two months ago when he casually revealed he was engaged during his MVP Award acceptance speech. Many people did not even know the Green Bay Packers star had been dating anyone after his split with Danica Patrick, so how did he and Shailene Woodley manage to keep their relationship so quiet?
Apparently the pandemic helped.
Rodgers was asked about keeping his engagement under wraps during a recent interview with USA Today’s Gary Levin. He pointed to the fact that he and Woodley did not travel much and were wearings masks whenever they went out in public.
“Well, COVID was a big help with that, because it just wasn’t the same amount of travel. Wearing a mask all the time gives you just a little bit more anonymity,” Rodgers said. “But we spent a lot of time together during the season, and then she was off doing a movie really shortly after we got engaged.”
You can certainly understand why Rodgers wasn’t in a rush to take things public. It’s even more impossible for athletes and celebrities to find privacy once they’re in a relationship, so he likely wanted to enjoy the peace and quiet as long as he could.
Rodgers has typically tried to keep his personal life under wraps, but his own brother even made that difficult at one point.
Gossip sites will be anxious to see when and where Rodgers and Woodley get married, but the quarterback says the two have not set a date. When they do, we’d be surprised if Rodgers volunteered that information.
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Aaron Rodgers is campaigning for a real shot at becoming the next host of “Jeopardy!”
Rodgers filmed 10 episodes as the guest host of “Jeopardy!” The first five episodes are airing this week, and the second five are airing next week. The show is searching for a replacement for beloved longtime host Alex Trebek, who died last year.
Rodgers is 37 and won NFL MVP last year, so he has no reason to believe his football career is ending any time soon. The Green Bay Packers quarterback believes he can host Jeopardy while playing in the NFL.
“I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it,” Rodgers said of hosting. “They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”
Rodgers told “Good Morning Football” on Tuesday that he still loves football and does not want to give it up.
Rodgers is a longtime fan of the show and competed in a celebrity event in the past, so he has ties to it. It was generous of the show to give him a shot, and maybe they legitimately are considering him for the role.
But despite what Rodgers believes, it’s hard to imagine the timing would work for him to host while also playing for the Packers. The bigger issue probably is all the competition he will have with potential hosts, not to mention the trolls.
Aaron Rodgers’ first game as guest host of “Jeopardy!” ended with him being forced to relive how his NFL season ended.
Rodgers was going over answers with contestants during the “Final Jeopardy!” segment of the show, in which contestants have to write out their response to the clue. One contestant who was apparently stuck on the correct answer instead took the chance to troll the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback over Matt LaFleur’s 4th-and-goal field goal in the NFC Championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rodgers even has a good response ready, making clear that it certainly wasn’t him.
LaFleur tried to justify his decision with this explanation, but it didn’t make anyone feel any better. For what it’s worth, the coach admitted that he had some regrets over that sequence, though not the one you might think.
“Jeopardy!” contestants aren’t always the biggest of sports fans. This guy clearly knew what was up, and he even got to troll Rodgers to his face.
Aaron Rodgers seems to be relishing the fact that he may be causing the Green Bay Packers some headaches as they try to plan out his future.
Rodgers appeared on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Monday and made more comments about his future with the Packers. He reiterated that it was “out of my control,” but pointed out that his play last year may have “thrown a wrench” into some of the organization’s plans.
“Nothing’s really changed. My future, a lot of it is out of my control,” Rodgers said. “That’s why I use a phrase like ‘beautiful mystery.’ Because it is quite uncertain which direction things are going to go. All I can do is play my best, and I feel like last year I did do that and that may have thrown a wrench into some timelines that may have been thought of or desired.”
That last line is sure to raise some eyebrows. Rodgers has never been happy about the Packers using a first-round pick on quarterback Jordan Love last year. Rodgers clearly saw it as a signal that the organization thinks Rodgers should be slowing down. Plus, he wasn’t particularly thrilled to see Green Bay using a first-round pick on a player that does not fill any immediate needs.
Rodgers has been making similar comments about his future lately, and he seems to be enjoying taking subtle shots at the Packers. For what it’s worth, the Packers seem to be giving him reason to do so based on how they’re handling things.
Aaron Rodgers is suddenly planning a wedding after his relationship with actress Shailene Woodley progressed at a rapid pace, but there may end up being some major tension surrounding the big day.
Rodgers has had a strained relationship with his immediate family for many years. A source told Us Weekly recently that the Green Bay Packers quarterback has been thinking about which family members to invite to his wedding and that it has been “weighing heavily on him.”
“It’ll for sure be a special day and it would be wrong of him to not invite his family, but everyone is aware of their strained relationship and knows that [those] problems aren’t going to get fixed in one day,” the source said. “Whether they decide to come [is] up to them.”
Rodgers and Woodley are planning to get married in California, which is where the majority of both of their families and friends live. The exact date is not yet known.
Rodgers has had a strained relationship with his family for at least seven years. Going back to 2016, we heard about him having issues with his family. Rodgers’ brother even opened up about the tension a few years back.
When Rodgers made some comments about his Christian upbringing around a year ago, his family was reportedly upset over it.
It would be a surprise if Rodgers didn’t invite his own family to his wedding. That said, it doesn’t sound like the relationship has improved much, if at all.
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.