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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are both “dug in” on their contract stalemate and retirement is a “serious consideration” for the reigning NFL MVP, according to NFL Network.
“If Aaron Rodgers retires (to host Jeopardy or just retire), he would have to repay the team $11.5M this year and $11.5M if he remains retired next year — all from his signing bonus,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Friday. “Unless the situation is repaired to his liking, this is a serious consideration.”
The 37-year-old Rodgers, who is under a $134 million contract with the Packers through 2023, reportedly told some people in the organization that he does not want to return for a 17th season in Green Bay. Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said Thursday night that the team “is not going to trade Aaron Rodgers,” adding “I do think he will play for us again.”
Rodgers — who recently auditioned as a guest host on the game show “Jeopardy!” — wants his contract extended, according to multiple reports.
But he’s already told multiple teammates that he doesn’t plan to return in 2021, according to ESPN.
Rapoport also noted that Rodgers’ agent Dave Dunn “helped Carson Palmer shoot his way out of [Cincinnati]…even if it took a while” and perhaps will employ “a similar game plan” with Rodgers. Palmer, the No.1 overall pick in the 2004 draft, forced a trade to the Raiders in 2011.
The Packers traded up to draft Rodgers’ likely successor, Jordan Love, out of Utah State with the 26th overall pick last year.
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