"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Nate from Star Prairie, WI
Is it a win/win? I'm guessing Rodgers' camp caved.
Until we know the details of a modified contract, I don't think we can or should form an opinion of what happened and what it means for this season and beyond? I can't pronounce Rodgers' presence at training camp to be a resolution until I know the details of a new agreement. Do you remember what I wrote a few weeks ago? I said if I was Rodgers' agent I would advise him to report to training camp, make himself available to the media and tell them how he feels. He has. That's not a resolution, that's a tactic.
Mark from United Kingdom
This upcoming season is already in the toilet. Every interview will have questions of "Is this your last season here?" and "Where will you be playing next year?" Rodgers and Adams have opened Pandora's box and I am tired of the questions before they have even been asked. I don't want a soap opera, I want football.
Until we know of a contractual resolution, the beautiful mystery is not going away. What might a contractual resolution be? A voidable that voids after the '21 season, after '22? If it voids after '22, the Packers can trade Rodgers after this season. The Packers would get the compensation they want and the one more year of Rodgers they desperately need. If it voids after this season, the Packers get the one more year they need in exchange for Rodgers becoming a free agent and breaking the bank.
Dan from Plymouth, WI
What reception do you think Packers fans will give Rodgers and what reception do you think they should give Rodgers when he enters Lambeau the first time this year?
He'll be cheered because they are fans of the Green Bay Packers and Rodgers makes the Packers a winner, but there will be less tolerance for playing poorly and defeat because there will also be a lingering bitterness for the way he treated the Packers and their fans for the past six months. The fans should express what they feel; they've been given license.
Michael from Jackson, MI
How would McCarthy have handled the Rodgers situation?
McCarthy always said it's a quarterback-driven league. He knows the importance of having a star quarterback; he knows you can't win titles without one. McCarthy would've done everything in his power to smooth the waters and persuade Rodgers to return.
Derek from Neshkoro, WI
Just want you to know I can’t wait for Thursday. Interested in your thoughts.
The first shoe has fallen; Rodgers is in camp. I'm waiting for the second shoe to drop; the Packers announce or word leaks out on a new contract. Those are my thoughts.
Rodney from Hummelstown, PA
What are your thoughts on the way the NHL's salary cap works vs the NFL's. In the NHL, a player's cap hit is the average yearly amount of the total salary and signing bonus over the life of the contract. There isn't any restructuring or moving salary forward to make more room in the short term.
The players wouldn't agree to it because it would discourage reckless spending. The players want reckless spending.
Eric from West Salem, WI
What do you make of the situation in Green Bay? What are they doing? Thank you for your time with us!
They are pursuing a resolution, I think.
Jerry from Savannah, GA
Vic, Adam Schefter is now saying it was expected for Aaron Rodgers to return to the Packers. Has he lost all credibility?
When Rodgers' maneuvering eventually makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history, will Adam tell us again it wasn't about the money? It's always about the money because money is about power.
Ray from Clark, NJ
Vic, I see this as a potential win-win agreement.
You're right. I don't have to swim Scott Creek in the nude and my neighbors don't have to see it.
Jesse from Bethlehem, PA
Randall Cobb rumors (were) coupled with media suggestions the rationale is to mentor younger WRs. This concept of vets wanting to or being used for that purpose is pure bologna, correct?
It's baloney, not bologna. Baloney is foolish or deceptive talk. Bologna is a meat. Trade for a mentor? That's baloney.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What do you think about the Packers trading for Randall Cobb after Rodgers campaigned for it?
I think it's a really bad look.
Jake from Fredericton, Canada
Regardless of what we think of Randall Cobb the player, Aaron Rodgers wanted him back to win a championship together so he does not miss out. Do you expect an extra motivated QB and, perhaps, team this year? Is the Packers identity already established this season and will it truly be the last dance?
I hope it is. This dance is giving new meaning to all in. The Packers are mortgaging their honor and dignity as an esteemed professional football franchise by allowing themselves to be held hostage by the fear of losing. It's understandable, but embarrassingly weak. I'd rather lose on my feet than win on my knees.
Ben from DePere, WI
Vic, as a fan, I loved Randall Cobb. He provided so many great memories, but is he really worth trading for to make Rodgers happy? I feel like this makes our organizational leadership appear to be unwilling to stick to their plan and I'm worried indecisiveness will affect our team after Rodgers leaves in the next 1-3 years. Would you have brought back old players to make Rodgers happy for one year?
I wouldn't have brought Rodgers back. This kind of turmoil must be avoided.
Sean from Arlington Heights, IL
What would you have asked if you were in that press conference that nobody else asked?
All the right questions were asked and Rodgers was forthright in answering them. It was a perfect platform for him because the questions were so perfectly obvious he was able to rehearse the event to the point of scripting it. He was, in effect, using the media to negotiate with the Packers. It's exactly what I said he should do.
Wayne from Germany
You got it.