Did you ever think Aaron Rodgers would get a Carson Palmer comparison?
Well, it’s not for the best, as Rodgers is now in a situation similar to what Palmer went through in 2011. Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, and the management views him as a long-term part of their franchise.
That’s similar to what happened to Palmer in the sense that he wanted to be traded in 2011, but was told he was a critical part of the Cincinnati Bengals. Team owner Mike Brown eventually traded Palmer after drafting Andy Dalton in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, though the trade didn’t come until the 2011 NFL Trade Deadline.
Palmer was able to bring in a first- and second-round pick that the team eventually used on Dre Kirkpatrick and Giovani Bernard. He earned his value as well, throwing for over 4,000 yards in four of his final seven seasons.
Palmer spent two seasons with the Raiders, where he was initially traded then was dealt again to the Arizona Cardinals, where he found a good home for his last few seasons, earning a Pro Bowl appearance and leading the Card to a 13-3 record in 2015.
That said, Palmer threatened to retire if he wasn’t traded.
The situation currently happening in Green Bay feels more toxic and on an even bigger platform than what Palmer went through, making retirement feel like an even stronger possibility for the star quarterback.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s under “serious consideration.”
If Aaron Rodgers retires (to host Jeopardy or just retire), he would have to repay the team $11.5M this year and $11.5M if he remains retired next year — all from his signing bonus. Unless the situation is repaired to his liking, this is a serious consideration, I’m told. https://t.co/kEQwpexqX0— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2021
What’s even more interesting is the note that Rap made on the agent being the same. That’s probably more just a coincidence, but there’s no denying that going through that could aid the process a second time around.
With Rodgers clearly still having quite a bit left in the tank, a trade still feel more likely than a retirement. While it may not matter to Rodgers, those financial implications are quite hefty as well.
This will be a major story for the remainder of the offseason.