Quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t going anywhere.
Ever since the last few seconds ticked off the clock on Sunday and the Green Bay Packers were denied another Super Bowl appearance, sports talking heads bloviate that it was his last game as a Packer because:
* He is ever so mindful the Packers traded up in the first round last spring to take what is presumed to be his eventual heir-apparent, Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.
* The Packers will trade Rodgers.
* He himself will demand a trade.
* If not, Rodgers will announce his retirement to force a trade.
First and foremost, Rodgers is under contract for three more seasons. He signed a four-year, $134 million extension in 2018 and the dead cap money alone for 2021 would be more than $31 million. Even the Packers can’t afford that amount considering they have several key free agents they must sign to be able to build upon their relatively young roster.
Second, why would Rodgers wish to leave a team that is a perennial playoff team? Get to the postseason and anything can happen, right? And Green Bay is already a heavy favorite to win the NFC North Division again next season.
Third. Why would Green Bay even think about trading this season’s presumptuous league MVP? Imagine the flak that would cause among Packers fans.
One thing is extremely clear. Head coach Matt LaFleur is in no hurry to see a Rodgers-less Packers team.
When asked in his postgame presser whether he wants Rodgers to return, La Fleur quickly replied, "I mean, the guy's the MVP of this league. He's the heart and soul of our football team. So, hell yeah, he better be back here.”