Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers remains in doubt, and the possibility of him staying took a hit when it was rumored that he is asking $50 million a year from the team.

However, according to former Packers vice president Andrew Brandt, the issue doesn’t seem to be about money at all. He speculated that there are far bigger reasons why the veteran QB and the team still haven’t reached a decision on their partnership.

For Brandt, if it’s money alone, then things would have been “resolved by now.” Obviously, that is not the case as more rumors continue to pop out about Rodgers and the Packers.

“Packers have shown willingness to pay top-of-market and push out Cap pain. All the rumors seem some subterfuge for the real reasons – whatever they are – for what is going on between the team and AR,” Brandt wrote on Twitter.

True enough, the Packers have repeatedly said in recent weeks that they have no plans in trading Aaron Rodgers despite persistent rumors that say they are heading for a breakup. But as Andrew Brandt suggested: what’s holding them back if they want to keep him.

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Both the 38-year-old signal-caller and the team are in good terms, but several experts believe that their relationship has run its course and it’s time to move on. Brandt himself predicted that both sides are going to move on from each other, noting that it’s “time for a change.”

“With Aaron and the Packers, it’s been an extraordinary run. I know the “only one Super Bowl” narrative but again, this is not tennis or golf—it is a team sport. Packers fans are blessed to have had him this long, and I know he feels blessed to have been the face of this iconic franchise. But I continue to think it’s time for a change,” Brandt wrote on Sports Illustrated last January.

Of course the Packers might be considering their other free agents before reaching a deal with Rodgers. Maybe the 2021 NFL MVP wants to see the roster that the front office will build before committing? After all, Rodgers himself has said he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuild and considering the number of free agents Green Bay has, there’s no assurance they’ll be able to keep their core players.

For the conspiracy theorists, maybe the recent rumors is a prelude to Rodgers’ exit? Or maybe it is a way to put pressure on the Packers?

Whatever is causing the delay in making a decision on Rodgers’ future, it is undoubtedly a development worth keeping an eye on. Several teams have already been linked with the superstar QB, and it won’t be hard for Green Bay to find a trade partner for Rodgers given his history of success.