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:
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.