- Aaron Rodgers reportedly turned down a two-year extension offer from the Packers that would’ve made him the highest paid player in the NFL.
- Rodgers is reportedly unhappy with the Packers and said last April that he does not want to return to the team this season.
- The Packers are still the betting favorites to win the NFC North and they have the 5th best odds to win Super Bowl LVI.
QB Aaron Rodgers turned down a two-year extension offer from the Green Bay Packers.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rodgers would’ve secured his next five years in Green Bay and his new deal would’ve made him the highest paid player in the NFL but he declined it:
GOODBYE: Aaron Rodgers turned down an offer from the Green Bay Packers to be HIGHEST PAID quarterback in the NFL… At least they have Blake Bortles! 🙃 pic.twitter.com/muc453LBUP
— SKOR North (@SKORNorth) July 20, 2021
The 37-year old Rodgers still has three years left in his existing contract with the Packers, and an extra two-years would’ve kept him in Green Bay until 2025. Making him the highest-paid player in the league would’ve provided the long-term security he once desired from the Packers. But turning down, as Schefter reports, proved that this isn’t about the money.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 29, 2021
Last April, reports surfaced that Rodgers was unhappy with the Green Bay Packers and reportedly told people within the organization that he does not want to return to the team for the 2021 season. Despite the reports, the Packers made it public that they had no plans of trading the three-time NFL MVP.
Since then, Rodgers has distanced himself from the team although he’s refused to answer questions regarding his future in Green Bay directly. Last week, NBC caught up with Rodgers during a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada and he merely said he will figure things out in a couple of weeks.
Rodgers did not appear in the Packers voluntary OTAs last month, the first time in his career that has happened. With training camp set to begin on July 28, it remains uncertain who will start for the Packers on Week 1 when they face the Houston Texans as three-point betting favorites at the BetOnline App.
Packers Still Favored in NFC North
Should the Packers still be the clear favorite in the NFC North despite the Aaron Rodgers drama?
— The Game Day NFL (@TheGameDayNFL) July 13, 2021
Despite the Rodgers’ drama, the Packers remain as the odds on favorite to win the NFC North Division. Green Bay is currently listed at -125 at PointsBet and are a -120 at the BetOnline App. They also have the third-best odds to win the NFC Conference at +800, behind only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+300), Los Angeles Rams (+700), and San Francisco 49ers (+700). Likewise, the Packers are tied with the 5th shortest odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +1600.
But of course, these odds are still in favor of Green Bay because the best NFL betting sites still believe that he is going to be the team’s week 1 starter. The Las Vegas Superbook still has Rodgers as heavy -400 favorite to play in Green Bay this season while Bovada says that he is a massive -1400 odds on favorite to to sit out the season as earlier believed if he doesn’t get his way.
However, the numbers could change if Rodgers defied the odds and doesn’t end up in Green Bay one way or another. Declining an offer to become the highest paid QB in the NFL and securing his long-term future only means that this isn’t about money. Usually, that’s when it’s the hardest to work things out. But we’ll see.