Not every day the reigning NFL MVP wants out of the team he's been playing for over the first 16 seasons of his career, so - obviously - Aaron Rodgers' desire to leave the Green Bay Packers has been all over the news.
The future Hall of Famer has reportedly had it with the organization and is looking forward to a new challenge elsewhere, with some people even stating that he'll consider retirement if he's not traded.
"I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers recently said. "And, you know, history is important, legacy of so many people who’ve come before you. But the people, that’s the most important thing. The people make an organization. People make a business and sometimes that gets forgotten."
The Athletic: Packers Won't Trade Rodgers Despite His Desire To Leave
Nonetheless, The Athletic's Matt Schneidman reported that Packers' GM Brian Gutekunst won't even consider trading him unless he's 100% certain that he's not bluffing and will never play for the Packers again:
"If they were to trade him after June 1 (Tuesday), according to former NFL agent Joel Corry, they’d free up $16.05 million in cap space this year while shouldering a $21.152 million dead money hit, as opposed to eating a monstrous $38.356 million dead money charge if they traded him before June 2," Schneidman said.
Broncos, Raiders, And Dolphins Could Be Potential Destinations For Rodgers
Schneidman added that should the Packers entertain the thought of trading Rodgers, the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, and Miami Dolphins would be the teams to keep an eye on, but citing that any big move seems unlikely right now:
"If Gutekunst were to entertain trade offers, the teams that would make the most sense as possible landing spots are the Broncos, Raiders and Dolphins. Even worse on a resume than trading Rodgers would be trading him to an NFC contender, and those three AFC teams have intriguing supporting casts for movable quarterbacks (though the Dolphins may not want to part with Tua Tagovailoa just yet)," the report added.
Not showing up to minicamp, practice, and games could potentially cost Rodgers a huge load of money in fines. Then again, he's made plenty of cash throughout his career, so maybe he's not afraid to play hardball and force his way out of Lambeau.