The Packers hope that a long-term deal may help mend the rift with their longtime, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The team is also willing to make Rodgers the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. But the reigning MVP seems unmoved.
The split between Rodgers and his team has been the worst kept secret this offseason. Rodgers, who’s spent more time this offseason pitching himself as a potential Jeopardy! host, doesn’t seem interested in staying in Green Bay. But the team is determined to try to keep Rodgers on their roster. The NFL Network said the team has made Rodgers a “significant long-term contract extension offer” in the hopes he’ll stay and play.
Ian Rapoport said the team and Rodgers aren’t getting anywhere.
“They’re not in a good place,” he said of the relationship. “They’re not happy with each other. The Packers have done a lot of different things to try to make Aaron Rodgers happy to get him to come back to them …”
Things first went bad for the team and Rodgers during the 2020 draft when the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love. Even after Rodgers asked for a wide receiver or tight end because he felt he needed more offensive weapons, Fox News reported. Though some say the fights began in 2019 when General Manager Brian Gutekunst cut wide receiver Jake Kumerow only days after Rodgers praised him.
The Athletic reported that Aaron Rodgers won’t return to the team if Gutekunst remains. That’s despite the Packers offering to nearly double his $21.5 million salary for next season.
Rodgers has threatened to hold out of off-season practices, and he said he’ll sit out the season if need be. He could also retire if things continue to devolve.
He even went as far as to try and recruit players to leave and join another team with him, the NFL Network said. But, as Rapoport pointed out, “The Packers have zero plans whatsoever to trade him.”
Aaron Rodgers Would Play in NFL, Host ‘Jeopardy!’
If Aaron Rodgers can find a way to make amends with the Packers and return to the playing field this year, he said he could host Jeopardy! and play football at the same time.
“No, I’m not going to [quit football]. I just won MVP, I still have a lot left in the tank,” Rodgers explained. “I’m still going to play, and I’d love to host Jeopardy! at the same time. Jeopardy! films five shows a day, 46 days a year. That’s 230 episodes. And I work for six months out of the year. So the other six months, I would have time to probably film 46 days I think.”
Rodgers seems to be lobbying hard for the hosting gig after his stint as guest host last month. He’s a lifelong fan of the game show, and he even appeared as the host of Jeopardy! in an episode of The Conners recently.
Though the show has several more guest hosts to go and producers haven’t hinted at who they would like to see replace the late Alex Trebek.