Rodgers did not report to OTAs, and the Packers have given no indication they are willing to trade the three-time MVP. If Rodgers does not attend mandatory minicamp this week, he’ll begin accruing fines.
As the standoff continues, even people around the NFL are divided on the issue, with at least a few thinking Rodgers has been “dramatic,” according to ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler.
“They’re sort of drawn to pick one side,” Fowler said this morning, via Bleacher Report. “Some think that Aaron Rodgers is being a little dramatic; others think that the spotlight should be placed on the way Green Bay does business and maybe they’re putting the brand name above the player. And so, this might not change Aaron Rodgers’ decision-making in all of this, but it does reinforce Green Bay’s plan. They’re going to wait this out, actively look for solutions.”
Over the weekend, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy admitted in his monthly email to the public that the Rodgers situation has divided the fan base.
“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base,” Murphy wrote in his column. “The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact.”
Murphy was also supportive of Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst, who has been the main focus of Rodgers’ frustrations with the franchise.
“[Mark] Murphy pointed out in his letters, he’s strongly supporting GM Brian Gutekunst in all of this, so people around the league thought that Murphy would never fire an executive or a GM over what a player wants, and that still seems to be the case,” Fowler said today.
Green Bay begins minicamp on Tuesday. Rodgers can be fined up to $93,085 if he missed all three days.