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Now you see them and now you don’t is how an updated advertisement promoting the 2021 NFL schedule release can be described. The people we were seeing last week, quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers have been removed from the original ad that aired last week, with a new promo hyping the AFC matchup between Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. Does that mean the NFL knows something about the future of Aaron Rodgers, but can’t tell us? Here’s the commercial:
Fittingly it was Complex Sports who noted this past week that the hype for the Kansas City/Green Bay game was removed from a promotional ad the NFL put together for this week’s schedule release. Since teams already know who they are playing, everyone who follows the NFL knows a game between the Chiefs and Packers will take place. However, with a cloud hanging over Green Bay, the participation of current Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers in that game is now in doubt as the league unwraps their final present of the offseason, the schedule.
Far be it from the NFL to engage in false advertising, which is why the league changed their ad promoting the schedule release this week. Since Rodgers may even go so far as retire rather than play for the Packers amid ongoing issues with the front office, the league pulled the Green Bay quarterback from the ad, only fueling speculation they know something is about to happen.
Aaron Rodgers, for salary cap purposes, can’t be traded before June 1st unless the Packers want to suffer a huge hit in dead cap space for the 2021 season. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported a 60/40 change that Rodgers is traded before the start of training camp, adding, “Denver is a team that’s buzzing in league circles,” as a spot the Packers’ QB would prefer to go if Green Bay follows his request.
Would Aaron Rodgers really toss away his legacy as one of the greatest Green Bay Packers players of all-time just because he is insulted by how he has been treated?
In a word, yes, because he knows he is closer to the end than the beginning of his career, and he knows he already had other options outside of the NFL if he retired this offseason. Perhaps he knows that his one chance to host “Jeopardy!” is now and is willing to walk away from the Packers to secure a job that might last twice as long as the 16-year career he has had in Green Bay. Maybe, too, he is truly so annoyed, hurt, and upset with how the Packers have treated him in recent years that he would rather have an ugly divorce than stay in a bad football marriage anymore, with the Packers front office giving him just enough to justify acting the way he has been in recent weeks.
Can things be saved between Rodgers and the Packers? Maybe, but early indications are the NFL has its doubts, increasing the doubts those outside of the league offices have. Either way, the NFL knew enough to stop hyping any matchups involving Aaron Rodgers during the 2021 season; and, at least for now, is all you need to know about how bad things are in Green Bay. Because if Rodgers leaves, the Packers will drop off the list of Super Bowl contenders overnight, with their quarterback either donning a new uniform or taking on a new job this fall. Something that sadly, is becoming more and more likely as this drama continues to play out.
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