The Weight of Rodgers’ Rift

The Packers open training camp in eight days — with the future of their most important player still uncertain.

Aaron Rodgers turned down a two-year contract extension that would have made him the highest-paid player in football and kept him in Green Bay for the next five seasons, according to ESPN.

In 2018, Rodgers inked a four-year, $134 million extension, which included a $57.5 million signing bonus that made him the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time.

He is still among the top five players in yearly average salary for 2021:

  • Patrick Mahomes: $45M
  • Dak Prescott: $40M
  • Deshaun Watson: $39M
  • Russell Wilson: $35M
  • Rodgers and Jared Goff (tie): $33.5M

The 37-year-old reigning MVP is at odds with Packers management — most likely stemming from their 26th pick in 2020, QB Jordan Love — and reportedly wants to leave Green Bay, either by forcing a trade or retiring.

If Rodgers sits out this season, he would miss out on $21.5 million in cash — and he’ll be fined $50,000 every day he doesn’t show up to camp.

His absence could change the landscape of the league — and would definitely transform the NFC North, where Green Bay has won the division seven of the last 10 seasons.