Are the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers heading toward an awkward situation?
Seven days away from the start of draft week, no resolution appears to be in sight regarding the Rodgers-to-New York Jets trade.
The Packers have already moved forward to the Jordan Love era, but it would suit everyone involved to get a deal across the line sooner rather than later.
If not, a potentially awkward situation could await.
Are Packers and Aaron Rodgers heading toward awkward situation?
The Packers began their offseason program on Monday. New QB1 Jordan Love was in attendance, bringing in a new era in Green Bay.
However, while Aaron Rodgers is under contract, he has every right to attend the offseason program. In fact, he has a great incentive to be there.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Rodgers would gain $50,000 by participating in the Packers' offseason program.
Rodgers has often skipped the voluntary workouts in Green Bay regardless, so it seems even less likely he would show up now the team has effectively moved on from him. Still, until a trade is made, Rodgers can decide to show up whenever he wants.
On Monday, the Packers begin Phase 1 of their offseason program, which is the strength-and-conditioning phase. Organized team activities (OTAs) are scheduled to begin on May 22 and run through to June. The Packers' three-day mandatory minicamp will take place on June 13-15.
While under contract, Aaron Rodgers has the option to show up to any of these workouts. It's debatable how beneficial it would be to him, the Packers, or the Jets, as Rodgers typically has his own workout program before joining for mandatory minicamp and training camp.
But if trade negotiations continue to stall, maybe showing up to the Packers' offseason program would be a way of speeding things up. It seems unlikely, but it's an awkward scenario the Packers would rather avoid. All the more reason to get a trade done as soon as possible.