"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Mike from Des Moines, IA
What are the chances the Packers current supposed paralysis is all about the cap and we'll see movement once June arrives and some of that is ameliorated?
Are you talking about the June 1 rule that would allow the Packers to spread Rodgers' dead money over two years? They can reach a trade agreement now and wait until June to make it official. I think the Packers are being totally honest when they say they want Rodgers back. I get the sense this issue is going to be decided by the wiggle room in Rodgers' demands. I suspect the two sides are in the process of negotiating those demands.
Andre from Waycross, GA
Does it really matter that we saw part of the Jaguars player rankings? I've never worked in the NFL and am not privy to the inner workings like you, but the draft is over. Why should it matter if we know how highly they rated a couple of players?
As it stands, it's not a big deal. If it was the whole board, it would be a big deal, especially as it would pertain to the grades the Jaguars had assigned the other quarterbacks.
Tom from Vista, CA
What would Lombardi have done to an All-Pro center who wanted a little more money?
Lombardi traded Jim Ringo. Lombardi was a personnel man at heart. He knew a football team needed a constant flow of young talent. I think he would've been a great salary cap manager.
Jesse from Pittsburgh, PA
The roar of the '20's was the groan of the miners on whose backs and lungs the thing was powered. Too bad more of them can't own a team.
After watching the great documentary "Harlan County, USA" a few days ago, I wish there was a team of coal as there is a team of steel.
Randy from Billings, MT
If the Packers trade Rodgers, is there a way they can recover the dead money they are on the hook for?
How are you going to recover it? They paid it. He's not going to retire. The dead money isn't the big issue. The Packers can find ways to create cap space. The issue is quarterback. Do the Packers believe they have their quarterback of the future, or is the team likely headed into an extended period of losing until they find a replacement for Rodgers? Jordan Love was drafted to replace Rodgers. The Packers' hesitation for beginning that transition suggests to me the Packers have lost faith in Love.
Andrea from Magenta, Italy
I wasn't able to find proof in the jaguars.com archives, but I'm pretty sure that in one "Ask Vic" reply about 10 years ago you wrote of Tim Tebow: "Make him a tight end." Was Urban Meyer needed for it to happen?
This move could define Meyer, for better or for worse.
Sean from Chicago, IL
Maybe the reason Packers fans don't close their arms is because we remember the happy times we had with those individuals. It's a game, Vic. It's entertainment.
My former mail box says otherwise. You wanna be tough, you gotta get tough.
Tyler from Crane Lake, MN
In a salary cap/roster building sense, how much are elite running backs worth? As much as I love the Adrian Petersons and Aaron Joneses of the world, I would much rather have Jamaal Williams for two years, $6 million and $3.25 million guaranteed.
I don't think the Packers knew what they had in Williams until it was too late.
Ben from Indianapolis, IN
It looks like Aaron Rodgers had his public say. How does this change (if at all) GM Vic's decision?
First of all, my position on this is the result of my deep-rooted beliefs in how to build and manage a football team: It's a young man's game, take care of the future and the future will take care of the present, etc. Rodgers is the best quarterback I ever covered. I loved interviewing him after games and I'm appreciative of what he shared in helping me write stories that would inform and entertain my readers. It's nothing personal; it's just business. I'd trade him. I think the picks the Packers could get for Rodgers would help launch the Packers into a new era. I think the Packers need to be new. I fear if they stay the same, they'll get more of the same. I could be wrong. My old radio buddy Jeff Lageman said I was usually a year early, but don't you have to be a year early to get value in a trade? GM Vic would be willing to risk being a year early to get value for Rodgers. It won't be as much as the Packers could've gotten for him in a trade prior to the draft and all of those quarterbacks being picked, but I think they can still get something handsome in return for Rodgers. Find out if Love can be Rodgers' replacement. If he can't, then use the picks you got for Rodgers to find the next future of the franchise. That's where I stand. Be that as it may, I will accept a peace agreement and an all-in strategy. It's not something on which I'd put my name, but I understand its logic and how it could help heal a decade of disappointment and put a happy ending to the Rodgers era. Standing firm, in my opinion, is the absolute wrong thing to do. You want more of this angst? I don't. Resolution is a must.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
When hiding behind the "anonymous source," Rodgers' comments are straight and pointed. When on camera, he's talking in riddles and generalities. How do you read that?
He's using others to speak for him. That way he gets his message delivered without being directly responsible for it. Clearly, he doesn't want to burn his bridge to the Packers, which tells me he's not fully committed to playing elsewhere. Rodgers is bitter about the Packers making plans to replace him. He's always been a chip-on-the-shoulder personality. The Packers had to have known this is how he would react and might have even planned to use that reaction as a springboard to change, but circumstances have conspired against them. Again, the reluctance to make that move suggests to me their evaluation of Jordan Love has changed since they drafted him.
Jack from Sheboygan, WI
Rodgers is going to the Broncos, for sure. It's already a done deal. If Love turns out to be an All-Pro and the Packers hit on the draft picks they get in return for Rodgers, Gutekunst is a hero. If Love flops, how long before Gutekunst and Murphy are shown the door? One season? Two?
Brian Gutekunst knew he was taking a risk. He knew the Love pick would cause controversy. Matt LaFleur is also at risk, as any coach would be at risk if his quarterback flops and his team loses. Mark Murphy is much bigger than a member of the football operations braintrust. Murphy is the Packers' CEO. He was the driving force in the Titletown development. Murphy doesn't pick the players or call the plays. His inclusion in football operations is as a bridge, a connection between football and the business side of the Packers. His esteem will take a hit if the Rodgers situation ends badly, but his leadership provides the Packers with a sound and stable direction. He shouldn't take the fall for this if it ends badly.
Jesse from Bonita Springs, FL
Green Bay has five receivers sitting out OTA’s in a sign of solidarity to No. 12. In my opinion, two of those are fringe players for making the roster. Would GM Vic cut them on principle? As a fan, I’m ready for surgery to get rid of this cancer.
Let 'em pout.
Ron from Beaufort, SC
I don't think what we are hearing about Rodgers is the real story. I have my own opinion, which I will share. I think it goes back to his new fiancé. All of this started around the time she came into the picture. My thought is she does not see herself hanging out in Green Bay over the next four years or so. Force a trade and get him to a place like Denver (Boulder is her hometown) or out west to facilitate her career and a lifestyle she prefers. So he needs a reason and it's the GM. I say on June 2 announce his trade. Vic, your thoughts?
I think you're underestimating the power of the Tundra Lodge. It's the only place I know where you can enjoy a water park when the temperature is 22 degrees below zero outside.
Jon from Wright City, MO
Did the Packers get better this offseason?
If they get a nice return for Rodgers, Love becomes "The Man" and the draft class is productive, the answer to your question will be a resounding yes. Ask me this question again after there's resolution on Rodgers.
Bob from Plymouth, WI
Who would you feel more confident extending, Julio Jones or Davante Adams?
Neither. Dime a dozen.
Paul from Cumming, GA
Are the Packers going to spend this season trying to win last season's NFC championship game?
As they spent last season trying to win the previous season's NFC championship game? It's time to be new.