Aaron Rodgers bails on Packers OTAs
The move was to be expected and certainly the Green Bay Packers can’t be surprised by Aaron Rodgers opting to skip out on OTAs.
Rodgers was not present on Monday for the start of organized team activities as the fiasco between he and the front office continues to roll on.
Reports stated earlier this offseason that Rodgers had informed the team he wanted out as a cluster of different issues led No. 12 to that conclusion. The Packers have since done damage control with general manager Brian Gutekunst reiterating that Green Bay wants Rodgers around for a long time.
The news of Rodgers missing OTAs was reporter by ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
No big surprise here but …
Aaron Rodgers was NOT among the group of players who reported to Lambeau Field on Monday for the start of organized team activities.
Story coming shortly on ESPN.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 24, 2021
Demovsky laid out the consequences, financially, for Rodgers skipping out on this and potentially more this offseason.
If Rodgers does not report for next month’s minicamp, he is subject to a fine of $93,085 ($15,515 for the first missed day, $31,030 for the second missed day and $46,540 for the third missed day).
It would get even more expensive come training camp. There is a mandatory fine of $50,000 per day missed, plus one week’s regular-season salary for each preseason game missed. – Rob Demvosky of ESPN.com
Rodgers has already missed enough to disqualify him from a $500,000 workout bonus.
While the money is noteworthy, it likely means very little to Rodgers in a potential mending of the two sides between he and the Packers. Neither side has budged yet as the feud continues on.
An important reference point in all of this came via Adam Schefter of ESPN.
It’s notable that, until now, throughout his career, Aaron Rodgers has been a regular participant in the Packers’ offseason program and OTAs. https://t.co/g5sEMganIe
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 24, 2021
A regular participant no longer as Rodgers was absent from OTAs this time around. It’s likely that as the weeks drag on into training camp and more team activities that some sort of conclusion will be reached. Whether the means Rodgers is in a Packers uniform or not in 2021 is yet to be seen.