NFL Analyst Suggests Green Bay Packers Not Fully Committed to Keeping Aaron Rodgers

Published 04/12/2021, 2:53 PM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers still hasn’t made his future clear. After yet another disappointing performance by the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game, Rodgers seemed very upset.

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The Packers lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC title game and missed out on yet another Super Bowl. One NFL analyst believes that the Green Bay Packers haven’t made their commitment to Rodgers clear.

NFL analyst Nick Wright spoke recently about the Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers. Wright believes that the Packers are not fully committed to Aaron Rodgers.

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He likened the situation to an engaged man who is still using social media dating apps, despite being committed. He doesn’t think that the Packers want to risk themselves and commit to Aaron Rodgers.

“I don’t think they yet believe it’s a mistake. They are engaged to be married, and they are refusing to delete Tinder and Bumble from their phone.

“They just want to keep a slight option open. ‘No, I’m happy, we’re good, but I’m not quite ready to deactivate the account’. They are keeping their options open because right now, they can very cleanly move on from Rodgers in 2 years.”

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Wright added that the idea of re-negotiating isn’t as bad an idea for the Packers as they may think. The Packers probably feel that the two parties want completely different things, therefore haven’t bothered getting serious.

For Green Bay, they probably want to save money by letting Rodgers leave. However, Wright points out that the Packers can save money while still keeping Rodgers on the terms of his current deal.

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

“You’re talking about extensions. That can be – Rodgers wants X, we want to offer Y, how many years, etc. It’s so much easier than that.

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“How much money do they want to open up? $10 million, $12 million, $15 million? They can do all that on his current contract, but it would tie Rodgers there longer than he currently is.”

Can the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers come to an agreement? While neither side has expressed a public desire to part ways, there have been rumblings about the same.

However, the Packers will not let Rodgers go without planning for the future. Rodgers is still only 38 years old, and can still play at a high level for the next few years to come.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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