Veteran players are due to report to Green Bay Packers training camp one week from today. Will star quarterback Aaron Rodgers show up? Most believed yes, and this writer still does (perhaps not on time but eventually), but then Adam Schefter dropped a bombshell Tuesday that Rodgers was offered a two-year extension this offseason that would have made him the highest-paid player in league history, but he turned it down.
Leave it to Schefter to depress Wisconsinites on a day the Milwaukee Bucks can win their first NBA title in 50 years! By annual average value, the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes is the NFL's highest-paid player at $45 million per season.
Rodgers has a base salary of $14.7 million this year but already got more than $18 million in bonus money. The three-time MVP has made more than $250 million on the field in his career, so perhaps this entire offseason saga has nothing to do with money. Reportedly, he wants to be traded to Denver.
In the wake of this Schefter report, "Jordan Love" is trending on Twitter because of the possibility he will be the Packers' Week 1 starting quarterback – although that would still be a huge upset. Green Bay officials say they will never trade Rodgers, but it's the same franchise that traded Brett Favre 13 years ago.
William Hill Sportsbook continues to hold Green Bay's win total and odds to make the playoffs off the NFL board. The Packers are currently +2.5 for Week 1 at New Orleans. Rodgers is still listed as the +800 second-favorite behind Mahomes (+475) to win a fourth MVP Award and Rodgers is +1000 to lead the NFL in passing yards – something he has never done.
If Rodgers doesn't report to camp, he would be fined $50,000 each day he missed. He already lost out on around $600,000 this offseason for skipping OTAs/mandatory minicamp.
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Will Aaron Rodgers be the Packers' Week 1 starting QB?
- Yes -170
- No +130
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