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Adam Schefter Reveals Where He's Leaning With Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 12: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Much like last year, the situation in Green Bay with quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one that every NFL person is observing. But ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has a deeper knowledge on where things are leaning than most.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show, Schefter said that while it's up to Rodgers what he does, he appeared to be saying goodbye when the Packers lost to the 49ers on Saturday night. He said that from what he's heard, people around the NFL believe that Rodgers is leaving the Packers.

“It’s going to be up to him,” Schefter said, via NESN. “He sounded to me like a guy saying goodbye the other night to Green Bay. To me, it reminded me a little bit of the Saturday night that the Patriots lost to the Titans and the way Tom Brady sounded after that game a little bit… Now, look, there’s no doubt the relationship that he’s had with the organization has been better this year. They’ll talk about it, they’ll figure it out, but I’ll tell you this: when I talk to people around the league, they seem to think he’s leaving.”

Despite leading the Packers to the NFL's best record and having another MVP-caliber season, Rodgers' relationship with the Packers has been dicey. Schefter believes that money could play a much bigger factor this year than last year though:

“He’s got a $46.1 million cap number, which was made that way so that they would have to do something with him and he would have to sign off on it. And he’s got that 46.1 number at a time when they, the Packers, are projected to be $44.8 million over the cap. They have one of the worst cap situations in the league. They are greatly restricted, they need the help of their quarterback. So if the quarterback wants to return, he will go help them. And if he wants out, he will say you need to unload my salary," Schefter said.

So the Packers appear to be stuck between a rock and a hard place with Rodgers.

At the time it seemed like a smart gamble to make - going all in on the reigning MVP. It nearly worked too.

But it didn't get the Packers what they want: A Super Bowl.

Now the Packers need Rodgers' help just to get out of this situation.

It's going to be a long offseason in Green Bay, Wisconsin.