GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Will Aaron Rodgers show up to training camp with the rest of his Green Bay Packers teammates on July 27?
“I appreciate the question,” team president Mark Murphy said on Friday in a Focus on the team’s unprecedented fiscal year. “It’s really limited to questions about the financial statements. I would just say that there is nothing new to update on the issue you raised.
While Rodgers didn’t take the COVID opt-out option, he only said, “We’ll see,” when pressed at The Match about his plans for the 2021 NFL season.
Murphy became president and CEO of the team at the end of the 2007 season, meaning he was with the Packers in 2008 when legendary Rodgers predecessor Brett Favre announced his retirement. changed his mind and was eventually traded to the New York Jets. This messy divorce has divided the fan base.
A similar situation could arise if Rodgers does not show up to training camp and make it clear that he does not want to return to the squad he has led for the past 13 seasons.
This would not only have an impact on the playing field, with Jordan Love presumably replacing the reigning MVP, but it could impact the team’s finances if fewer jerseys were purchased at the Packers Pro Shop and the team endures a losing season.
“Well, we sold all the tickets again” in 2008, noted team vice president of finance and administration Paul Baniel. “We have had sales since 1961.”
Stunned in Murphy: “And, you know, the person who replaced Brett Favre did pretty well.”
Of course, there’s no guarantee that love will be to Rodgers what Rodgers was to Favre. Maybe Love is rolling the bandwagon and giving the Packers another decade of success on the pitch – those wins meaning profitable season after season. Or maybe the Packers’ streak of success on and off the pitch will come to a screeching halt.
While it is true that the Packers sold their games during their lean times, these tickets were often sold for pennies on the dollar in the secondary market. While this fact doesn’t affect the team’s results, empty seats mean fewer beers sold on match days and fewer people likely to buy a jersey or take a stadium tour.
It should be noted that Rodgers, the 24th pick in 2005, and Love, the 26th pick in 2020, are two of 10 quarterbacks selected between the 20th and 32nd draft since 2005. Rodgers (nine), Lamar Jackson (one) and Teddy Bridgewater (a) are the only pro Bowlers in this group. Meanwhile, Brandon Weeden, Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel, Paxton Lynch, and Brady Quinn were high-profile busts.
Murphy, however, wouldn’t indulge in this uncertainty and its impact on the team’s finances.
“That’s our answer, and we’ll stick to it.”
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Training camp schedule
30 days before training camp: potential reductions
29 days before training camp: First year starting QB
28 days: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon and the best running back tandems
27 days: Record dominance of the red zone
26 days: in Wisconsin sport, misery loves company
25 days: Matt LaFleur’s record start
24 days: the triumph of turnovers and the one who escaped
23 days: Jaire Alexandre
22 days: Green Bay’s record second quarter
21 days: Aaron Jones’ place in NFL history
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20 days: How many kicks has Crosby missed since 2018 in Detroit?
19 Days: Eliminate passes for big players
18 days: the snubbed star, Za’Darius Smith
17 days: the domination of Davante Adams
16 days: Marquez Valdes-Scantling fills the need for speed
15 Days: These five players must bounce back
14 days: projection of the list of 53 men
13 days: quarterback overview
12 days: overview of running backs
Nos 46-48: Randy Ramsey, Oren Burks, Ty Summers
Nos 49-51: Jace Sternberger, Dominique Dafney, Hunter Bradley
Nos 52-54: Yosh Nijman, Ben Braden, Simon Stepaniak
# 55: Cole Van Lanen
Nos 56-58: Isaiah McDuffie, Jonathan Garvin, Tipa Galeai
Nos 59-61: Kurt Benkert, Juwann Winfree, Malik Taylor
Nos 62-64: Patrick Taylor, Dexter Williams, Isaac Nauta
Nos 65-67: Ka’dar Hollman, Kabion Ento, Stanford Samuels
Nos 68-70: Jake Hanson and two specialist challengers
Nos 71-74: Christian Uphoff, Henry Black, Innis Gaines, Jake Dolegala
Nos 75-77: Coy Cronk, Willington Previlon, Jack Heflin
Nos 78-80: Delontae Scott, Carlo Kemp, Bronson Kaufusi
# 81: WR Bailey Gaither
Nos. 82-84: WR Reggie Begelton, Chris Blair, DeAndre Thompkins
Nos. 85-88: LB Ray Wilborn, Scoota Harris; OL Zach Johnson, Jacob Capra
# 89: G Jon Dietzen
# 90: K JJ Molson