Aaron Rodgers is seriously considering his retirement options.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are both "dug deep" during their contract standoff, and the reigning NFL MVP is considering retirement, according to NFL Network.
“If Aaron Rodgers retires (to host Jeopardy or simply retire), he will owe the team $11.5 million this year and another $11.5 million next year — all from his signing bonus,” Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted Friday. “Unless and until he can rectify the situation to his satisfaction, this is a significant consideration.”
Rodgers, 37, is under contract with the Packers for $134 million through 2023 and recently told certain members of the team that he does not wish to return for a 17th season in Green Bay. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Thursday night that the team "will not trade Aaron Rodgers" and that "I believe he will play for us again."
Rodgers — who recently auditioned to be a guest host on the game show "Jeopardy!" — reportedly wants his contract extended.
However, ESPN reports that he has already told several teammates that he does not plan to return in 2021.
Additionally, Rapoport noted that Rodgers' agent Dave Dunn "aided Carson Palmer in shooting his way out of [Cincinnati]...even though it took a while" and could employ a "similar game plan" with Rodgers. Palmer, the 2004 draft's first overall selection, forced a trade to the Raiders in 2011.
Last year, the Packers traded up to select Jordan Love out of Utah State with the 26th overall selection.