The Packers don’t want to trade Aaron Rodgers this offseason. GM Brian Gutekunst has made it clear.
However, there is a scenario that could play out and basically force the team to trade their long-time quarterback. And it all depends on how long Rodgers is willing to face his team.
Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports that one of the only ways the Packers would trade Rodgers is if he was “truly committed to never playing for them again.”
The Packers would trade Rodgers if they believed he was truly committed to never playing for them again and if they wanted to get draft picks and players in return instead of forcing him to retire and receive only the money they would take from him by refusing to play at any time. of the last three years of your contract.
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Basically, if Rodgers gives Green Bay an ultimatum to change him or he’ll walk away, that could force Gutekunst to make a deal. Otherwise, the Packers would risk losing Rodgers and only getting salary cap space for him.
As such, it appears the Packers are looking to avoid long-term resistance with Rodgers. They need to make a quick decision about their future once their position is clear.
If Green Bay knows he won’t be back with them, the Packers would certainly want a trade that adds a treasure trove of assets to speed up their rebuilding and saves them some money.
Of course, it’s always difficult to balance when to make that deal. For salary cap reasons, waiting until June 2 to make any kind of deal was a must for the Packers. But with that date coming, they will have to make a decision about Rodgers sometime soon.
If they wait too long, or think Rodgers is bragging when he’s not, they could lose influence and eventually have to trade Rodgers at a discount.
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What the Packers will want to avoid is something like the 2011 Carson Palmer / Bengals dispute. Palmer requested a trade out of Cincinnati early in the 2011 offseason and the team declined to grant that request. As a result, Palmer decided to retire and left the Bengals with then-rookie Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback.
Eventually, Palmer would be traded during the season to the Raiders for a future first- and second-round pick and was reinstated from the retiree list. The Bengals did well despite having no clout because then-Raiders coach Hue Jackson was familiar with Palmer and the team was desperate for a quarterback after Jason Campbell’s injury.
Green Bay cannot rely on being so lucky. As talented as Rodgers is, the price for him will drop if teams know he has the Packers cornered. That is what makes the timeliness of Gutekunst’s decision so important.
Can the Packers general manager fix things with his franchise quarterback and get him back? It’s possible. But if not, Gutekunst must be ready and willing to make a move.
That is what will make the next few days and weeks so important to Green Bay.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.