Report: Packers prefer moving on from Rodgers
The Green Bay Packers would prefer to move on from quarterback Aaron Rodgers this offseason, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Rodgers is believed to be aware of the Packers' feelings regarding the situation, Schefter reports.
An offseason trade reportedly remains an option for Green Bay. Financial reasons, the state of the franchise, and both Rodgers' and the team's feelings could push the Packers into moving their longtime quarterback, Schefter adds.
During a recent interview on the "Pat McAfee Show," Rodgers said he's open to having "honest and direct conversations" with Green Bay and wouldn't be offended if the club moved him.
The 39-year-old added that a potential trade was "conjecture" until he decides on his future. With Rodgers set to earn $59.5 million fully guaranteed and account for a $31.6-million cap hit in 2023, he also said his contract isn't viable for any NFL team.
Green Bay is expected to exceed next season's salary cap by $16 million. Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan, and Mason Crosby are among the club's impending free agents.
The Packers also need to decide on backup quarterback Jordan Love's fifth-year option.
Rodgers has spent his entire 18-year career in Green Bay. He led the NFC North club to three consecutive playoff appearances before it missed this campaign's postseason with an 8-9 regular-season record. Rodgers has previously said he wants to finish his career with the Packers.
A move away from Rodgers would be a complete turn for Green Bay. General manager Brian Gutekunst said during the team's season-ending press conference that the Packers are interested in seeing the four-time MVP return.