Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are heading into yet another off-season of uncertainty. The 2023 off-season marks the third in a row that the Packers will have to await Aaron Rodgers’ decision if he wants to keep playing. Tom Silverstein, a renowned Packers beat reporter, published an article recently that had eye-opening remarks about what Brian Gutekunst may want to do with Aaron Rodgers moving forward.
Brian Gutekunst “Ready To Move On” From Aaron Rodgers
In his recent article, Tom Silverstein reported:
At one point late last year, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told an NFL colleague he was convinced it was time the organization move on from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and see what Jordan Love had in him.
Whether Gutekunst was frustrated over the team’s mounting losses, realized that Rodgers wanted to start a new chapter in his life, or believed it was Love’s time to take over the team isn’t clear. But the colleague was certain Gutekunst had given a lot of thought to what the team would look like without Rodgers.
Whatever Gutekunst and Rodgers discussed immediately after the season and will discuss should Rodgers decide he wants to play next season will be paramount to whatever Gutekunst was thinking that day. the emotion of blowing a chance to make the playoffs in the regular-season finale and the bitter taste of an 8-9 season should be removed by then.
The Packers first must find out what Rodgers wants to do: return, retire, or ask for a trade. The Packers have no choice from a salary cap position to deny Rodgers a chance to return for the ’23 season, and so Gutekunst will have to embrace the possibility Love will sit on the bench for a fourth straight year.
The Green Bay Packers general manager openly talking about wanting to move on from their star quarterback is eye-opening to say the least. Aaron Rodgers himself has opening discussed playing for another team. During one of his weekly appearances on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers stated he would “understand if thee Packers decided they wanted to let the younger Love become their featured player.” At the end of the day, the possibility that Aaron Rodgers finishing his career with a different franchise is very real.
It Has Been Made Clear That The Packers Are Open Trading Aaron Rodgers If He Come Back
The Packers are open to working with Rodgers to facilitate a trade. For salary cap reasons, Aaron Rodgers would need to be open to reworking his contract. The Packers, however, are not planning to let his massive three-year $150 million contract, stand in his way.
Rodgers signed that three-year, $150.815 million restructured deal with the Packers last offseason. He has a $58.3 million signing bonus for 2023 and a cap hit of $31.6 million. His signing bonus has already been spread out until 2026. Several teams have reportedly inquired about Rodgers’ availability already. The Packers have told them they are not yet ready to engage in trade discussions, but the door obviously is not closed.
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