Appearing as a guest on ESPN’s Get Up with Mike Greenberg, former Jets and Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum was asked to weigh in on what’s been happening in Green Bay, where disgruntled quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains absent from mandatory minicamp.
The reigning MVP shed light on the situation during a SportsCenter interview with Kenny Mayne (in his final appearance on ESPN airwaves) last month, implying he hasn’t felt appreciated by the Packers’ front office. “A lot of this was put in motion last year, and the wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year," said Rodgers, who was vacationing in Hawaii at the time. “I've been fortunate enough to play with a number of amazing, amazing people and got to work for some amazing people as well. It's those people that build the foundation of those entities. I think sometimes we forget that."
With Rodgers still fuming and no resolution in sight, the 37-year-old’s holdout figures to go on for quite some time. Jordan Love, a first-round pick in last year’s draft, has gotten the majority of reps this spring and would likely start under center for Green Bay if Rodgers’ absence extends into the regular season. Tannenbaum thinks that will indeed be the case, asserting Wednesday that Love, not Rodgers, will be the Packers’ Week 1 starter September 12th at New Orleans.
“Jordan Love, the very quarterback they traded up [for] that started this whole mess, will be the opening-day starter for the Green Bay Packers,” said Tannenbaum, firm in his belief Love will beat out former Jaguars starter Blake Bortles in training camp this summer. “Aaron Rodgers is still going to be a Green Bay Packer, but he’s not going to show up until probably Week 3 or 4.”
Rodgers already punted on a $500,000 workout bonus by no-showing for voluntary OTAs and is now subject to a $93,085 fine for skipping mandatory minicamp, which runs through Thursday. Blowing off training camp would be another $2 million down the drain. Some close to Rodgers have hinted he’d rather retire than play another down for Green Bay, and after his recent hosting stint on Jeopardy!, the Packers vet may feel it’s time to explore other, non-football pursuits. Of course, walking away from a comfortable, $22-million salary is much easier said than done.