SJ - June 8, 2021
Aaron Rodgers was a no-show, as expected, for the first day of Packers mandatory minicamp on Tuesday morning. The much discussed holdout is now official.
Will the Packers fine him? Will they eventaully trade him? Will Rodgers sit out the entire season? So many questions and almost no answers. Expect wall to wall coverage of the reigning NFL MVP's holdout.
Rodgers is not in attendance at the Packers’ first mandatory work of the offseason, a minicamp that began at 8:30 this morning, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
That’s no surprise: As soon as the Packers lost in the NFC Championship Game in January, Rodgers began making cryptic comments that hinted that he might not return to the team, and more recent reports have made it clear that Rodgers is serious about wanting out.
But just because Rodgers isn’t there now, doesn’t mean he won’t be when the season starts. If the Packers are adamant that they won’t trade Rodgers, he may decide that he’d rather keep playing for the Packers than not play at all. Retiring would mean not only not earning his $14.7 million salary this season, but also that he would have to pay back millions of dollars in previously earned bonuses.
Packers fans are still holding out hope that Rodgers will return before the season. He certainly could. I'm holding out hope that the entire situation gets a lot uglier before the two finally part ways.
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