The Aaron Rodgers saga has been at the forefront of NFL analyses since Adam Schefter tweeted that Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay. Since that time, speculation has abounded on whether or not Rodgers would play for the Packers this upcoming season. So far, he has skipped voluntary OTA’s and mandatory mini camp. According to a new policy adopted by the NFL, though, that might not be all Rodgers misses. He could end up opting out for the whole season.
What Is the Policy?
Last season, players were given the option to opt out of the season if they had any concerns about COVID-19. Many players, including Devin Funchess, chose to do so. While they were not paid for the season, they were not fined for not taking part in mandatory team activities.
This year, the NFL has continued that policy as there are still concerns among many who have family members who are high-risk. One addition to the rule for 2021, though, applies to Aaron Rodgers. This rule states that NFL veterans may opt out of the 2021 season for any reason, COVID related or not. The deadline for any player’s decision is July 2, this coming Friday.
What If Rodgers Opts Out?
If Aaron Rodgers decides to opt out of the season, the Packers would not be required to pay him his salary this year. Rodgers carries a cap hit of $37,202,000 this season, which would relieve some cap space for this year. The problem, of course, is that most of the big-name free agents are off the market. The cap savings this season would have no immediate benefit.
Additionally, there is an out clause in Rodgers’ contract after this season. If Rodgers does, indeed, choose not to play in 2021, it is likely that we have seen the last of him in a Packers’ uniform.
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