"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Jeff from Winnipeg, Manitoba
If Rodgers goes out and has a comparable season to last and the Packers trade him next offseason, do you expect the market to change or do you expect the Packers to receive similar offers as they would have this year?
Despite being a year older, he'd still be a hot property. He'd bring at least two ones and a two. What if he doesn't have a season comparable to 2020? What if there are signs of decline or if he sustains a significant injury? Depending on the strength of the quarterback draft crop, his trade value could fall dramatically. The unknown is the worry.
Tom from Sacramento, CA
Vic, I finally watched Aaron's press conference. He resonated with the working class, at a time when the current generation is starting to fight for better wages and more respect for the work they do and what they produce. I know this press conference worked in his favor, but I heard nothing but complete honesty. In our country's current state of affairs, we could use more people like Aaron.
My inbox is back in love with Rodgers. I'm not surprised.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What are your thoughts on Rodgers' re-worked contract?
Reports are his contract doesn't void until after the 2022 season. That's a huge win for the Packers because they retain the ability to trade Rodgers following the '21 season. The team is the winner of this confrontation, provided Rodgers plays with the determination and dedication we've come to expect from him, and he doesn't pout and become a problem. Obviously, to keep Rodgers focused and happy, he'll have to be permitted a greater voice in personnel matters. That's the part I don't like. Remember, for every player Rodgers brings in, one goes out, and that player also has friends on the team.
Eric from Green Bay, WI
How is Rodgers wanting Cobb any different than Brady wanting Brown, Fournette and Gronk?
Trading for Cobb to satisfy Rodgers is no different than the Bucs trading for Gronkowski to satisfy Brady. Does that make you feel better? I've never held the Bucs in the same esteem I reserve for the Packers, so it doesn't do much for me. I think what you're saying is because the Bucs won the Super Bowl, players should be involved in personnel matters. I don't agree. One time isn't a trend. Brady won six titles in New England and I doubt Belichick allowed Brady trade powers.
John from Las Vegas, NV
Vic, you said all the right questions were asked of Rodgers at the presser. Would you have asked the following? "Aaron, you had the best offense in the NFL last season. When you turn Brady over three times in the second half at home and only score six points off those, how is that the team's or Gutey's fault?" This whole thing turns my stomach.
A press conference is for acquiring information. That kind of question would've stopped the flow.
Chris from Lexington, KY
Why doesn’t this feel like resolution?
There's still worry for the unknown. Will this new agreement, which includes a re-worked contract and GM powers, satisfy Rodgers? Will the Packers be able to keep the peace? How will Rodgers' teammates react to his new powers? Will they view him as a lame duck quarterback?
Sean from Chaska, MN
Well, Vic, we've already spent next year's salary cap to go all in for 2021. The train is coming and there better be a fifth Lombardi on it because we are tied to the tracks.
The Packers are not tied to the tracks. Mark Murphy did a masterful job of bringing peace to the Rodgers situation without creating a mountain of dead money. Murphy protected the Packers' cap and retained the ability to trade Rodgers and receive draft-pick compensation that might launch the Packers into the post-Rodgers era. The cost allegedly is one fewer year on Rodgers' contract and possibly the promise to trade him following this season. As I wrote above, I think the new agreement is a huge win for the Packers and Murphy gets the credit. My lone concern is for the powers granted to Rodgers. I think they'll be problematic and I hope Murphy has a plan for keeping Rodgers content through one more season.
Brian from Conroe, TX
So, who won?
In the present, the Packers are decisive winners. Rodgers' victory would come in the future, when he joins a new team and signs a contract that would make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Michael from Rockford, MI
Which way is the Packers' arrow pointing?
It's an up arrow. The cap is fixable for '22 with a healthy cut (and trade) and gut, and the Packers are likely to have the picks to launch a new beginning. If Love shows well in the preseason, the arrow would turn hard to the north.
Clark from Boise, ID
I understand successful organizations welcome input from labor. So, do Rodgers' grievances have any merit, or is he just whining above his pay grade?
There's nothing wrong with a player of Rodgers' esteem making a personnel request. Roethlisberger likes tall receivers and the Steelers have accommodated him. The problem I have with the Rodgers situation is it became too dramatic. He made his grievances a line in the sand and the team clearly ceded power to him. Gutekunst would've never made the Cobb trade; Rodgers effectively made that trade, on a day when he was hyper-critical and in great detail of team personnel decisions in the past. That's way over the top. When did you ever hear Ted Thompson go into detail about personnel matters. "That's proprietary information," Thompson would say. So, where do we go from here? When the roster cuts are made, will it be asked what input Rodgers had in those decisions? Will word leak out Rodgers favored one wide receiver over another? If I'm a player on the team and the wide receiver who was cut is my best friend, how do I feel about that? I think it's problematic. GMs build rosters with a sharp focus on the future. They favor young talent that can be developed. It's how a team sustains success. The Cobb trade is myopic.
Isaac from Nashville, TN
Vic, could a defense thrive with only one true edge rusher? I'm imagining a scenario in which the opposite edge player is mainly a force against the run.
That's standard operating procedure. The Steelers' situation is unique because they have the luxury of a rusher, T.J. Watt, who's equally as good against the run. You have to be able to stop the run or you won't get a chance to rush the passer. The Fournette touchdown run around end must not happen.
Jerry from Savannah, GA
Vic, why did it take Aaron Rodgers 13 years as a starter to tell the Packers and the public he wanted more say in the way things are done? Could it be the beautiful mind of Rodgers schemed this whole drama to protect his legacy of not winning more Super Bowls? In other words, if they win the Super Bowl this year his entourage can deflect his poor play during championship games and say the Packers should have taken advice from Rodgers sooner.
Let's revisit your question later this season.
James from Nogojiwanong, Canada
Aaron Rodgers, who could not move the ball from inside the 10-yard line with the NFC championship on the line, now has GM-like powers. The actual Packers GM had to humiliate himself publicly over the Cobb acquisition. How can this possibly work?
It works only if Brian Gutekunst maintains restraint and measured discourse. I believe he will.