Aaron Rodgers Trade Saga Takes a New Turn, QB Fails to Report to Packers Mandatory Minicamp

Published 06/08/2021, 10:52 AM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


The writing is on the wall. Aaron Rodgers has failed to show up for the mandatory minicamp. The Packers QB had missed OTAs earlier last month. And it seems the holdout is set to continue.  

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The Packers minicamp started on Tuesday at 8:30 am and according to NFL reporter Tom Pelissero, Rodgers failed to turn up. This means that backup QB Jordan Love will be taking reps as QB1.

Perhaps the franchise saw this coming. Ever since the Packers lost their NFC Championship, Rodgers has hinted at things being rocky. 

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Starting from his comments regarding his future being a “beautiful mystery” to dodging questions about a potential trade, this trade saga is one that seems to rage on for eternity. 

Failure to turn up could see Aaron Rodgers being fined   

The Packers‘ 3-day minicamp is mandatory for every player to attend. Failure to do so can see them enduring fines. While Rodgers has missed Day 1, if he turns up for the remaining two days, he could be spared. 

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But missing minicamp altogether could see the franchise issuing a fine of $93,085. This could be waived off by the franchise if they decided to do so. 

And that would likely be the best thing to do. The two parties clearly share a fractured relationship. Imposing fines for not showing up would only make things much worse.

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Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

However, Rodgers not turning up is a clear sign that there’s a long way to go before the franchise can convince the QB to return to Lambeau Field. 

For now, it remains a waiting game. With more training camps lined up and then preseason around the corner, whether Rodgers shows up or not will tell a lot about his intentions of returning.

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If the Packers refuse to trade him, the QB could of course retire. A decision that could end up costing him his $14.7 million salary. This saga is far from over. And Packers fans can only wait and watch as it unravels. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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