WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Aaron Rodgers will not attend the Green Bay Packers minicamp, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- Rodgers could be fined $93,085 since the offseason program is mandatory.
- The Packers organization is continuously working on mending its ties with the quarterback.
Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Aaron Rodgers is set to skip the minicamp with the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, the first compulsory offseason event.
Should he be absent during the three-day camp, Rodgers will need to pay a penalty of $93,085.
The Packers planned to give Rodgers an excused absence in a bid to waive the fines. The quarterback would receive a $15,515 fine on Monday, $31,030 on Wednesday and $46,540 on Thursday if the team won’t give him the excused note.
Accordingly, training camps are mandatory and cannot be revoked. A fine of $50,000 per missed day is set.
The reigning MVP had already been absent from the previous offseason programs that he is no longer eligible to get a $500,000 workout incentive.
Since the offseason, the Packers were working to fix its relationship with the quarterback. Per Packers president Mark Murphy, they (together with general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur) are continuously working to keep ties with Rodgers and get him back in the zone.
“As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond,” Murphy wrote Saturday as posted on the team’s website. “We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”
Rodgers’ rift with the Packers was publicized late April, when Schefter reported that the quarterback told several team officials that he wants out.
When asked about the tension with the organization, Rodgers pointed out how the management was treating him.
“It’s just kind of about philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go… It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way,” Rodgers told Kenny Mayne on SportsCenter last month.
In the past, the reigning MVP was usually present in most of the offseason programs. This year, however, he was missing in action during the phase of virtual offseason workouts and has not participated in any of the first two weeks of OTA practices.