Aaron Rodgers Not Expected To Attend Mandatory Minicamp

Adam Schefter reports that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is not expected to attend Green Bay’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. 

Aaron Rodgers

This means that Rodgers could be subject to $93,085 for his absence, depending on whether the Packers are willing to excuse the absence and waive the fine. 

Tom Pelissero adds that there’s “no change” with Rodgers.

Rodgers has already walked away from a $500,000 workout bonus by missing OTAs, so this isn’t a huge sum relatively speaking. 

The next big date for the Packers will be the start of training camp in late July. 

Last week, Packers president Mark Murphy reiterated in his monthly Q&A with fans that they’re committed to resolving the ongoing rift with Rodgers. 

“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base. The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better,” Murphy writes.

Rodgers’ only comments regarding the situation came during an appearance on ESPN a few weeks ago. While Rodgers didn’t offer much in terms of specifics regarding the situation with the Packers, he did say that it is not about Jordan Love and more of an issue with the organizational philosophy in Green Bay. 

With my situation, look it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I love Jordan; he’s a great kid. [We’ve had] a lot of fun to work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years. It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way.”

Rodgers admitted that winning the MVP last year threw a “wrench” into a situation that was already put in motion. 

“A lot of this was put in motion last year and the wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year,” Rodgers said. “This is just kind of, I think, a spill-out of all that. But it is about the people, and that’s the most important thing. Green Bay has always been about the people — from Curly Lambeau being owner and founder to the 60s with Lombardi and Bart Starr and all those incredible names to the 90s teams with coach Holmgren and Favrey and the Minister of Defense to the run that we’ve been on. It’s about the people.

“I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers said. “History is important, legacy of so many people who’ve come before you. But the people, that’s the most important thing. People make an organization, people make a business and sometimes that gets forgotten. Culture is built brick by brick, the foundation of it by the people, not by the organization, not by the building, not by the corporation. It’s built by the people.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play a number of amazing, amazing people and got to work for some amazing people as well. It’s those people that build foundation of those entities. I think sometimes we forget that.”

Green Bay has reportedly offered Rodgers a contract extension. However, the details of their offer aren’t known and it’s possible that a contract alone wouldn’t change much from Rodgers’ end, as there could still be questions about his future with the team. 

Rodgers, 37, is a former first-round pick of the Packers back in 2005. He agreed to a four-year, $134 million extension that includes over $100 million guaranteed in 2018. 

Rodgers is owed base salaries of $15,050,000 and $25 million over the next two years of the agreement.

In 2020, Rodgers appeared in all 16 games for the Packers and completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards, 48 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

We’ll have more regarding Rodgers and the Packers as the news is available. 

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