In maybe the least surprising NFL development of the first half of June, disgruntled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not appear for the start of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday amid reports the 37-year-old reigning NFL Most Valuable Player wishes to be traded.
Rodgers will likely forfeit a $500,000 bonus due to skipping organized team activities and other workouts, and he could be fined for each day he misses this week.
The fines would breakdown like this:— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) June 7, 2021
Missing Tuesday: $15,515
Missing Wednesday: $31,030
Missing Thursday: $46,540 https://t.co/SS5TWvUOfw
However, the Packers could ultimately elect to waive those penalties and excuse Rodgers' absences as general manager Brian Gutekunst and company hope their QB will return for at least one more season. According to Lily Zhao of Fox6 out of Milwaukee, head coach Matt LaFleur refused to comment on that matter when speaking with reporters Tuesday.
Matt LaFleur said he’s “naturally optimistic” about the Aaron Rodgers situation but declined to say if the team excused Rodgers’ absence. #Packers— Lily Zhao (@LilySZhao) June 8, 2021
"We’re going to take it one day at a time and try to remedy the situation as best we can," LaFleur added about Rodgers' latest decision, per Zhao.
Gutekunst, meanwhile, has insisted he's not willing to trade Rodgers ahead of the upcoming campaign.