Report: Aaron Rodgers Given Option to Request Trade from Packers After 2021 Season

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 5, 2021

ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN - JULY 29: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers works out during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on July 29, 2021 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers apparently have an agreement in place to trade Aaron Rodgers in 2022 if the future Hall of Famer wants out in the offseason.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Thursday the Packers "have about six months to try and repair that relationship." Otherwise, Rodgers will be out the door.


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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported July 26 the Packers and Rodgers had hammered out the details for an arrangement that guaranteed he'd stay with the team through the upcoming season. As part of the deal, his contract voids in 2023 and the team will "review" where things stand once this year concludes.

Glazer's report provided more specifics and made it clear the ball is firmly in Rodgers' court.

Jordan Love is waiting to take over the offense, but maybe the Packers hope to keep the three-time MVP around beyond 2022. Considering what triggered the divide between the two parties, winning Rodgers over might be difficult in just one season.

The 37-year-old was a guest on Kenny Mayne's final SportsCenter in May and explained how his issues with the organization came down to philosophy and culture:

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For Rodgers, trading for Randall Cobb was probably a step in the right direction, but it likely won't single-handedly address all of his concerns.

Beyond allowing Rodgers to easily leave, the reported trade agreement can work to Green Bay's benefit because it will provide for some clarity about the quarterback situation.

Rather than going through another protracted standoff, the Packers front office and coaching staff should have a good idea about whether he'll return early into the offseason. That will be important in terms of setting up Love to succeed one of the greatest players in franchise history.