Now the Aaron Rodgers saga with the Green Bay Packers gets interesting. The team started its first organized team activities of the offseason Monday, and Rodgers was not there despite having a $500,000 workout bonus in his contract. This isn't really a surprise because these aren't mandatory activities, but Rodgers usually does attend. SportsLine offers updated odds on whether Rodgers will be with Green Bay Week 1 of the regular season.
The NFL Players' Association had urged players to skip OTAs because the union wants to push the NFL to move towards an all-virtual offseason, similar to that of 2020 during the pandemic. Some clubs have agreed to restrict the number and/or intensity of voluntary OTA sessions in order to persuade players to participate.
Rodgers already has missed enough to disqualify him from cashing his $500,000 bonus. CBS Sports' Joel Corry wrote recently that Rodgers has had a workout bonus at this amount in every year of his contracts with the team since signing his first extension during the 2008 season. He collected every one of those previous bonuses for a total of a $6 million. Rodgers had been a regular participant in the Packers' offseason program and OTAs in his career.
According to ESPN, 18 other Packers have offseason bonuses as well. The big date to circle is June 8 as that's when the team's mandatory minicamp begins. If Rodgers does not report for that, he is subject to a fine of $93,085.
Green Bay will hold practices Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week and have a media day Tuesday – practices are closed to the media. Of course, Rodgers has reportedly demanded a trade, but the Packers have been just as adamant that they aren't doing that. Think there may be a few questions about all this Tuesday from reporters?
We could get some insight from Rodgers himself Monday night as he is scheduled to be a guest on Kenny Mayne's final appearance on ESPN at 11 p.m. ET. Rodgers hasn't answered a question about his status with the team in over a month.
The Packers' other quarterbacks on the roster are second-year Jordan Love and recent signees Blake Bortles and Kurt Benkert. Training camp starts in late July. Green Bay's first preseason game is Aug. 14 at home vs. the Houston Texans, who have their own star quarterback issues. William Hill, like most sportsbooks, currently has the Packers' win total and odds to make/miss the playoffs off the board.
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Will Aaron Rodgers be the Packers' starting QB Week 1 of this season?
- Yes -180
- No +140
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