Tuesday at 4:00 PM Eastern brings about a notable change in the NFL. It is the official end of the league day for June 1st, which means that after that time, the mechanics of roster moves change with respect to the salary cap.
In particular, this will change the cap implications of a potential trade of Aaron Rodgers — or Julio Jones, or any other player with multiple years remaining on a contract, for that matter. As we at APC broke down a few weeks ago, it makes moving Rodgers much easier to tolerate financially, and there is a temptation to think ahead to the possibility that he gets moved shortly after this afternoon’s deadline comes and goes.
But according to one Packers beat writer, that won’t be happening, at least not in the immediate future. General manager Brian Gutekunst reportedly is content to wait Rodgers out and continue trying to convince him that the Packers are the right place for him to play in 2021.
If Rodgers and the Packers are able to patch things up to his satisfaction and he returns, his teammates will surely welcome him back with open arms as they search for another Super Bowl ring. In today’s curds, we look at the report about Gutekunst’s stance, one of those teammates’ public comments on Rodgers, and much more.
Source: Packers still 'will not' trade Aaron Rodgers as important date nears – The Athletic (subscription)
Although today is June 1st, it's tomorrow -- the day after June 1st -- when the salary cap ramifications of trades actually change. But don't expect Brian Gutekunst to send Rodgers packing...at least not any time soon.
Packers TE Robert Tonyan ready to 'win a Super Bowl whenever' Aaron Rodgers returns | NFL.com
Here's the full quote from Tonyan: "If, when or whatever happens and Aaron comes back, I'm ready, and there's no gray area with me. I'm ready to hit the ground running and win a Super Bowl whenever he's back." He didn't have any real insight into Rodgers' plans, however, noting that they check in but "leave (contract matters) to the businessmen."
Packers announce promotions in player personnel department | Packers.com
On Friday, the Packers promoted a pair of scouts to new positions. Chad Brinker is moving up to a personnel/football administrative executive, while Patrick Moore has a new title as assistant director of college scouting.
Packers Hall of Fame banquet, Charles Woodson induction, now Sept. 2 | Green Bay Press-Gazette
The ceremony was moved back one more time, this time to avoid a conflict with the Packers' final preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. This (hopefully final) reschedule is the fourth time it has been pushed back after multiple moves due to the pandemic.
Expanded role could mean Year 2 breakout for Packers RB A.J. Dillon | Packers Wire
Dillon will be RB2 barring something unexpected, a role that saw Jamaal Williams get around 150 touches and 700 total yards each of his two years under Matt LaFleur. A similar workload likely awaits Dillon, and his one shot at extended playing time, against Tennessee, suggests that he could be a more efficient runner than Williams was.
What Happened to Green Packers Cornerback Josh Jackson? - Sports Illustrated
Jackson was a healthy scratch in the playoffs, sitting behind KeiVarae Russell -- who just got a pink slip last week. But Jackson was also running with the starters in OTAs last week thanks to some absences in the cornerback room. This summer is probably his last chance to impress the brass at 1265.
World’s only alpine parrot may have moved to the mountains to avoid people | New Zealand
I can see where this species is coming from.