GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers is not expected to be in practice when the Green Bay Packers open their minicamp Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It would be the first mandatory offseason job to be missed by the disgruntled quarterback, who is subject to a $ 93,085 fine if he does not show up at the minicamp, which will last three days, at some point.
Schefter reported Monday that the Packers have discussed giving Rodgers an excused absence, which would void the fines. If they decide not to, then Rodgers would be fined $ 15,515 for no-show on Tuesday, $ 31,030 for Wednesday and $ 46,540 for Thursday.
Meanwhile, training camp fines amount to $ 50,000 per day lost, are mandatory and cannot be waived.
Rodgers has missed enough of the offseason program to lose his $ 500,000 training bonus.
The Packers have worked through the offseason to repair the relationship with Rodgers, but to no avail. The passer was absent from the virtual training phase and has not attended any of the first two weeks of team organized activities (OTAs) practices.
Packers president Mark Murphy reiterated this weekend that, along with general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur, he is still working to find a solution to get Rodgers back with the team.
“As I wrote last month, we remain committed to working things out with Aaron and we want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond,” Murphy wrote Saturday on the team’s website. “We are working to resolve the situation and we have seen that the less both sides speak, the better.”
News of Rodgers’ discontent with the Packers was made public on April 29, when Schefter reported that the quarterback told members of the organization that he did not want to return to the team.
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In his only comments on the situation since, Rodgers suggested that his annoyance stems from the way he has been treated by the board.
“It’s about a philosophy and maybe they forget it’s about the people who make things work,” Rodgers said in an interview with Kenny Mayne on SportsCenter in May. “It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way.”
This is the first time in Rodgers’ career that he has been absent from the team’s mandatory minicamp. In fact, up until this year, he had been a regular on most, if not all, offseason shows.
Rodgers was in Hawaii with his fiancée, actress Shailene Woodley, and other friends during the first week of May, when the Packers held their first OTA practices.