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Aaron Rodgers, Packers at crossroads as trade remains possible

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An offseason commerce of Aaron Rodgers stays an choice for the Green Bay Packers for a wide range of causes, league sources instructed ESPN.

A situation that after appeared unthinkable, a Rodgers commerce might be pushed by monetary causes, the state of the Packers franchise and in the end the sentiments of the group and the star quarterback.

League sources consider the franchise prefers to maneuver on from Rodgers, simply because it as soon as did with Brett Favre. These sources additionally consider that Rodgers is effectively conscious of the Packers’ emotions on the state of affairs.

Rodgers mentioned throughout an interview this past week with “The Pat McAfee Show” that he’s “open to all sincere and direct conversations” with the Packers and {that a} commerce “would not offend me, and it would not make me really feel like a sufferer.”

Rodgers additionally famous within the interview {that a} doable commerce, at this level, is “conjecture” till he decides what he needs to do “transferring ahead for myself.”

However no matter Rodgers’ choice, adjustments are coming to Inexperienced Bay — it is only a matter of how intensive they are going to be. Rodgers himself quipped in the course of the interview: “Is it a reload or a rebuild?”

The Packers at present are projected to be greater than $16 million over subsequent season’s wage cap and have a listing of impending free brokers that features a few of Rodgers’ closest mates on the group: Randall Cobb, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, Allen Lazard and Mason Crosby.

Aaron Jones is also slated to have a cap variety of $20 million, and the Packers may save $10.4 million towards the cap in the event that they had been to chop or commerce the star operating again. Inexperienced Bay additionally may save $16 million if it designated Jones as a post-June 1 minimize.

So it is a Packers franchise at a crossroads — no extra so than at quarterback, the place Rodgers is due $59.5 million in assured cash this yr and one other $49.25 million in 2024.

The Packers used a really complicated contract construction with Rodgers when the perimeters agreed on an extension final offseason. Of the assured cash owed to Rodgers in 2023, $58.3 million of it’s structured as an choice bonus. The window to train that choice is from the primary day of the brand new league yr (March 15) till someday earlier than Inexperienced Bay’s regular-season opener in September.

By together with that choice bonus in Rodgers’ contract, either side have greater than sufficient time to discover a commerce companion. As soon as the choice is exercised, Rodgers’ cap quantity for 2023 could be $31,623,570.

Whereas Rodgers is due near $110 million in assured cash over the following two years — cash he’s not anticipated to stroll away from — the Packers additionally should resolve on quarterback Jordan Love‘s fifth-year choice that may be price roughly $20 million absolutely assured by Could 1.

Love flashed in mop-up motion in a recreation towards Philadelphia this previous season, finishing 6 of 9 passes for 113 yards and a landing.

“They drafted my alternative, and if I did not win two COVID MVPs, this dialog in all probability would’ve occurred earlier,” Rodgers mentioned in the course of the interview Tuesday. “However in a yr the place I am not going to win MVP, it permits for all of the completely different conjectures of if Jordan is prepared and if it is time to transfer on.”

Rodgers, 39, in the end has a significant voice in what he needs to do in 2023 — whether or not that is enjoying Inexperienced Bay or one other group, or retirement. At no time throughout his feedback on “The Pat McAfee Present” or to reporters on the finish of the season did Rodgers declare he could be again in Inexperienced Bay. In actual fact, his phrases and actions have demonstrated in any other case.

Rodgers, who has spent his complete 18-year profession with the Packers, was mentioned to be emotional on the sector throughout pregame warmups earlier than Inexperienced Bay’s season-ending loss at Lambeau Area to the Detroit Lions.

After the sport, Rodgers declined Lions rookie huge receiver Jameson Williams‘ request for his No. 12 jersey, saying “I am gonna maintain on to this one,” earlier than strolling off the sector, trying up on the Lambeau crowd and getting into the tunnel along with his arm wrapped round Cobb’s shoulder.

Rodgers tops a listing of quarterbacks going through main offseason questions that features Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo.

If this case feels acquainted for Inexperienced Bay, it ought to. Favre was 38 years outdated on the time Inexperienced Bay traded him to the New York Jets and was 39 whereas enjoying his first season away from the Packers.

There could be substantial curiosity in Rodgers’ companies throughout the league ought to the Packers resolve to commerce him.

Supply: www.espn.com

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