(WLAX/WEUX) – Well, what’s next in this saga?
Aaron Rodgers, as expected, did not report to the Packers’ mandatory minicamp yesterday.
As Jordan Love took the majority of reps with the Green Bay offense Tuesday and today at the team’s steamy practice field, the National Football League’s reigning MVP is noticeably absent.
Asked Tuesday afternoon if Rodgers was formally excused from this week’s three-day minicamp, head coach Matt LaFleur deftly told reporters in a Zoom call it was team business.
“That’s team business that we’re always going to keep confidential between us and the player,” LeFleur said.
The third-year Packers coach was then asked if he had spoken with Rodgers and if the two sides could work out their differences.
“I’m not going into my conversations with Aaron and the communication,” he said. “I think I’m naturally optimistic, but again, we’ll take it day-by-day and do whatever we can to help remedy the situation.”
While Rodgers-Packers dispute will continue to garner attention and be discussed ad nauseum in the coming weeks, one thing to remember is this: it’s only June.
Training camp doesn’t start until late July and both sides will ratchet up attempts to resolve the situation. Or part ways.
Green Bay is starting to become a nation divided, as team president Mark Murphy alluded in his monthly column published Saturday morning on the team’s website:
“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers had divided our fan base,” Murphy wrote. “The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact. 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. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who broke the story of Rodgers’ discontent on the afternoon of the first round of the NFL Draft, reported Monday the Packers have “discussed” declaring an excused absence for Rodgers to eliminate the $93,085 in fines for missing the mandatory minicamp. The excused absence and forgiving of fines could be viewed as an olive branch by the organization.
Stay tuned. The soap opera continues.