Aaron Rodgers Misses the Start of Packers’ Team Activities

Aaron Rodgers with Green Bay Packers in 2017
Aaron Rodgers with Green Bay Packers in 2017. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9010037ah)

It appears that Aaron Rodgers hasn’t changed his mind about wanting out of Green Bay. According to multiple reports, Rodgers was not present at the start of the Packers’ recent organized team activities.

Rodgers, who asked Packers to trade him earlier in the year, also missed the Packers’ previous offseason activities. The 37-year-old veteran won’t receive a fine for his absence as the OTAs are voluntary, but he will miss out on a $500k offseason workout bonus.

It is important to note that missing out on OTAs is something new for Rodgers, as he was a regular participant in the past seasons.

The first mandatory appearance that Aaron Rodgers has to make at the Packers’ facilities is a mandatory minicamp that takes place from June 8th to June 10th. In case Rodgers skips that one, too, he will be issued a fine of around $100k. The fines increase to $50k per day if he holds out during training camp.

Despite winning the 2020 NFL MVP Award and leading Green Bay to the NFC Championship finals, Rodgers is reportedly disgruntled with the Packers’ front office and is determined to force a trade. There are several things that caused the rift between the Packers and their star QB, including Green Bay’s decision to use their first-round pick in 2019 on Rodgers’ successor.

Rodgers already handed the Packers list of teams that he wants to join. It includes the San Francisco 49ers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Denver Broncos.

Green Bay, on the other hand, still refuses to engage in any serious talks about Rodgers. Both team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst said in recent media appearances that the organization has no intention of trading their best player.