Report: Sportsbooks Preparing For Aaron Rodgers To Retire

Bill Huber of SI.com reports that Las Vegas sportsbooks are preparing for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to retire at some point next week. 

Aaron Rodgers

According to Huber, Westgate SuperBook recently closed all its NFC North markets, including projected wins, playoff odds, divisional odds and weekly lines for the four division teams.

Meanwhile, two other sportsbooks contacted by Huber said the expectation is Rodgers is going to announce his retirement sometime before the Packers’ first practice on Wednesday.

FanDuel still has the Packers ver/under win total at 9.5 while DraftKings has Green Bay as the favorites to win the NFC North, but they no longer have the Packers’ win total on the board.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk spoke with one source with knowledge of the dynamics of the Rodgers situation who said: “Vegas oddsmakers tend to be pretty sharp.

Florio’s source added that there are a lot of scenarios are in play and “many, many factors” relevant to the outcome for the Packers and Rodgers.

Should Rodgers retire, he would avoid $2 million in fines for holding out of training camp, but he would have to pay back his $6.8 million roster bonus and would be subject to repay $11.5 million of unearned signing bonus money from 2021.

It’s worth mentioning that Rodgers’ agent is David Dunn, who represented Carson Palmer when he retired as a member of the Bengals before eventually being traded to the Raiders. 

Adam Schefter reportedly earlier in the week that Rodgers turned down a two-year extension from Green Bay this offseason. 

The deal would have tied him to the Packers for five seasons in total and made him the highest-paid player in the NFL, per Schefter. 

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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