Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. He's the reigning NFL MVP and the only reason why the Green Bay Packers have managed to be so competitive over the past decade and a half.
However, it seems like his time at Lambeau Field could be coming to an end, as a recent report claims that he's no longer interested in being a part of the team and would welcome a trade somewhere else.
"Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday," Adam Schefter reported a couple of days ago.
Green Bay Packers Should Wait Until June 2 Before Trading Aaron Rodgers
Some people speculated that Rodgers could be traded as soon as during the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Nonetheless, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk explained why he's not likely to be traded until before 2:
"If the Packers are going to trade Rodgers, it could make sense to process the transaction as a post-June 1 deal. Trading Rodgers before June 2 would result in a $31.55 million cap acceleration. Coupled with the cap charge coming from the $6.8 million roster bonus that Rodgers already has been paid, that would amount to $38.35 million in dead money," started Florio.
Rodgers was linked to a move to the San Francisco 49ers earlier on Thursday. Then, the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders were rumored to be working on a deal to get him but nothing happened:
"A post-June 1 trade would reduce the added 2021 cap charge to $14.352 million, pushing the balance of $17.198 million to 2022. Thus, even though teams like the Broncos and Raiders have used their 2021 first-round picks, the Packers would be better off waiting until June 2 to do the deal — which would entail getting draft picks in 2022 or beyond," Florio concluded.
That's why it would be smart for the Packers to wait another 31 days before pulling the trigger on any move for Rodgers, assuming he - indeed - wants to leave and that they're ready to move on.