In yesterday’s OT I posted this tweet, which highlighted how the Packers are acting as if Rodgers will be back this year.
Green Bay has been tight up against the cap all offseason. But they wouldn’t need these nickel-and-dime moves if they traded Aaron Rodgers, freeing up over $16M in cap space. Clearing cap now is another indication they’re planning for the NFL MVP to be on the team in 2021. https://t.co/OR2cFuOGal
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 2, 2021
But then I got to thinking more about it, and I think it goes a bit deeper.
First you have to ask what the Packers are thinking. One possibility is that they’re calling his bluff and don’t think he’ll retire. This is possible, but it doesn’t seem to match what we’re seeing. If they were playing hardball you’d expect Rodgers to try and turn up the pressure. But if anything the rumor mill has cooled off.
So unless Rodgers has straight up given up on this, the other option is that they both think that they’re going to come to a satisfactory conclusion, which can only be a reworking of his contract. And not just to get paid more.
Rodgers’ contract, as it stands now, makes it pretty easy for the Packers to trade or cut him if they want. With Jordan Love in the building Rodgers is feeling the pressure of knowing he can be dumped at any moment. So he’s looking to restructure his contract so that he has more guaranteed money, making cutting or trading him cap-prohibitive for the Packers.
If this is the case, and the Packers agree to a deal where they’re locked into him for another couple years, what do they do with Jordan Love? His rookie deal will be over by then, so it might make sense for the Packers to trade him instead of Rodgers.
And thus Rodgers wins the power struggle over Love.