当亚伦·罗杰斯(Aaron Rodgers)于去年7月从休赛期休假回到绿湾包装工队(Green Bay Packers)时,双方都使根据对合同的调整更容易在休赛期分开。然而,总经理布莱恩·古特坎斯特(Brian Gutekunst)周三表示,他从未承诺罗杰斯(Rodgers)在2021赛季后会交易他。

So what will the Packers do if Rodgers decides he still wants to play in 2022 but not for Green Bay?

Gutekunst在新闻发布会上说:“这些是一些假设,我认为我们现在不会走这些道路。”

It has been widely believed that Rodgers and the Packers had a handshake agreement that if the reigning MVP still wanted out after the 2021 season they would trade him.

“那不是我告诉他的事情,”对名册动作的全力控制的格特昆斯特(Gutekunst)在周三的另一次会议上与覆盖团队的作家的单独会议说。“再次,我认为上个赛季与亚伦回来之前的整个对话是,无论在上个赛季结束时,我们都会坐下来,我们会以一种或另一种方式进行操作。”

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It’s unlikely the Packers would play hardball and force Rodgers to play solely for them — and they certainly won’t release him and let him get away for free — but Gutekunst said he is not tempted to take a haul of draft picks for Rodgers and/or receiver Davante Adams, who is scheduled to become a free agent next month.

“Because I think we’ve got as good a shot as anybody to win a Super Bowl next year,” Gutekunst said when asked why he wouldn’t want to trade Rodgers. “He’s the MVP of the league. That’s our goal. I think we have an opportunity to do it right now. That’s why.”

While Gutekunst said the Packers “kind of wasted that opportunity” as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, he wouldn’t put the divisional round loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Rodgers’ performance. Instead, the GM pointed at the inability of other facets of the team to pick up for a substandard performance by another unit — in this case special teams.

It marked the second straight season that the Packers failed to make the Super Bowl as a No. 1 seed.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t finish it off the last two years, but there’s no reason to think we can’t get right back there and knock on the door and get there,” Gutekunst said. “So, yeah, I think we’re full forward ahead.”

On Tuesday, Rodgers told The Pat McAfee Show that he still has things to think about before making a decision about an 18th season. Gutekunst, offering no hints as to whether he knew which way Rodgers was leaning, said he thinks “we’ll know here shortly” and that the team won’t pressure him into making that decision.

“That not a question I can answer for you,” Gutekunst said. “Obviously he’s going through his process. I think the one thing that I know for sure is Aaron takes this stuff very seriously. His performance and what he brings to our football team on so many different levels, he puts a lot into that and he knows how much work it takes during the offseason to prepare himself to give to our team what he does. So I think he’s going through his process right now to get himself ready to make sure he knows that he wants to do that because I don’t think it’s easy what he does to prepare for a season.”

In the meantime, the Packers are in somewhat of a holding pattern while they wait.

“Obviously everything around here kind of centers on the quarterback,” Gutekunst said. “It’s a big piece and a domino that kind of has to fall before we go down the other avenues. So it’s important as we go through this and the puzzle pieces we have to try to make fit. That’s the first one to go.”

They began the process of solving their salary-cap problem by restructuring the contract of defensive tackle Kenny Clark. The Packers created $10.892 million in cap space by converting part of Clark’s salary and all of his roster bonus into a signing bonus and then adding voidable years, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. Even with that move, the Packers were still about $38 million over the cap for 2022.

And that doesn’t include Adams. The All-Pro receiver is a candidate for the franchise tag, which can be applied between now and March 8, but Gutekunst said he views that as a “last resort” and that both sides would prefer to get a long-term contract done.

Gutekunst还说,由于背部手术而错过了上个赛季的大部分时间,全职业外线后卫Za’darius Smith的未来是该团队“随着我们前进的艰难选择”。

史密斯(Smith)的薪金帽指控为2813万美元,在罗杰斯(Rodgers)中排名第二。

Gutekunst said he is optimistic about the health of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, whose return from ACL surgery was complicated and eventually was stopped in the playoffs. “Long term, we feel really good about him as our left tackle,” Gutekunst said.

经验丰富的射手梅森Crosby,who missed nine field goals and two extra points last season but has one more year remaining on his contract, could still be in the Packers’ plans, especially if Rodgers returns, Gutekunst said.

Gutekunst说:“对于我们的足球队所在的地方,拥有冠军的踢球手,一个可以在这个水平上竞争的人很重要。”

包装工还有另外两个踢球手 - JJ Molson和最近签名的Dominik Eberle-在花名册上。

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