Aaron Rodgers has been “living his life” so to speak this offseason. He’s been everywhere and anywhere except with the Greenbay Packers this offseason as OTA’s and minicamp opened up. With how things ended this offseason between Rodgers and the Packers after losing in the NFC Conference Championship round against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as expressing frustrations with the powers that be inside the Packers front office, it looks like Rodgers took the offseason off for some “me time”.
Not there is anything wrong with that. Aaron Rodgers has been in the league for 16 years. As good a Quarterback as he is, no one would dispute that Rodgers hasn’t earned it. The way he went about may be up for debate though. While you may feel one way about how Rodgers conducted himself this offseason when it came to expressing himself about the Packer’s GM or OTA’s and minicamp, one thing that Rodgers made sure to do was not to confirm anything. Think about it. Rodgers has been all over the place and reporters have asked him, several different ways at this point if he was going to play for the Packers this season. The best response we’ve gotten out of all of the drama is a “we’ll see”.
While many were concerned as to what Rodgers’s future would be, Emmanuel Acho brought up a different perspective on Aaron Rodgers’ offseason antics. On an episode of Fox Sports One’s “Speak For Yourself”, he had this to say:
This is all starting to make sense. In short, Rodgers is done with the offseason practices and showing up for voluntary workouts and things of that nature. This notion does make sense. Again, Rodgers has been in the league for 16 years and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Maybe he’s just over that part of his NFL career. Some may scoff at that and again, it’s somewhat understandable. To me, it looks like Rodgers started drama just so he could be validated by onlookers as to why he didn’t want to show up with the team thus far this offseason. Rumors have been all over the place on this too from Rodgers wanting GM Brian Gutekunst fired to wanting a new long-term deal to finish out his career as a Greenbay Packer.
Over the weekend at the American Century Championship Golf Tournament over the weekend, Rodgers told NBC Sports reporters, “I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this week… and then I’m going to get back to working out and figure things out in a couple of weeks.” A couple of weeks? You mean, like before you’re supposed to report to the Packers training camp on July 27th? You sly fox. While there are still scenario’s still making their way around news cycles such as a potential trade to Denver, the Packers front office has been adamant about not wanting to trade Aaron Rodgers this offseason. Honestly, that’s probably the smart thing to do anyway. The optics alone wouldn’t be a good move and likely wouldn’t be well-received by the Packers fanbase to ship their franchise QB to another team when he just came off of an MVP season in 2020.
Not to mention the Packers still have to figure out how to lock up Davante Adams, who’s set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Not having Rodgers on the roster may prompt Adams to sign elsewhere. Whatever the case may be, it looks like July 27th is the possible date that everything in the offseason saga between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers front office could come to a head. I’m banking on Rodgers eventually showing up to training camp. Rodgers may not like his GM but he loves his teammates.
Rodgers is a lot of things but wasting his teammate’s time and opportunity isn’t one of them. At least, that’s the vibe I get from him. Plus, it would be nice for him to be locked in so I don’t have to worry about the possibility of Jordan Love starting this season and him mucking up my fantasy team. Show up, Rodgers! You’re our only Packers hope!