Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is reportedly not backing off of his trade request. Rodgers will not be attending the team’s mandatory mini-camp beginning Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter. Rodgers can be fined a little over $93,000 if the Packers choose to discipline him, but they can waive the fines.
Schefter originally reported Rodgers’ discomfort with the organization ahead of the NFL Draft, bu the Packers have repeatedly stated they are not trading the franchise QB and reigning league MVP. Rodgers spoke to ESPN about his trade request, saying his frustration was with treatment from the organization rather than a specific incident. He said the team drafting QB Jordan Love did not play a part in his request.
Rodgers led the Packers to a second consecutive NFC championship game last season, throwing 48 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He wasn’t able to get past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the last game of the season, losing 31-26 after a controversial call by head coach Matt LaFleur to kick a field goal down three points with the game almost over.
With Rodgers expected to skip out on camp, Love will continue to take reps with the first team. The Packers obviously have high hopes for Love, but they’ll want to eventually reach a resolution with Rodgers before the official start of training camp.