Aaron Rodgers probably won’t be on hand when the Packers start their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. As a result, the Packers could fine him ~$93K per day. However, they’re thinking about issuing him an excused absence, which would mean no fines for the star quarterback (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter).
“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said earlier this month. “The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact…We remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”
Excusing Rodgers from the fines could help to mend fences. The reigning MVP wants to be traded — the Packers say he’s not going anywhere. Rodgers is reportedly willing to stand his ground throughout the summer to get what he wants — especially since he says that the Packers promised to trade him.
Ultimately, the Packers hold the leverage. If the club refuses to deal Rodgers, the 37-year-old passer would miss out on his $14.7MM salary and $6.8MM roster bonus for 2021. He’d also have to pay back $23MM in unearned signing bonus money. If the stalemate continues, the Packers will be left to pick from the still-green Jordan Love and Blake Bortles under center.
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