Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is absent from OTA

GREEN BAY – Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not in Green Bay for the first week of Packers offseason workouts, coach Matt LaFleur said Tuesday. The workouts are voluntary and Rodgers was not expected to be on hand.

Rodgers’ new contract calls for a workout bonus of just $ 50,000 for his participation in the three-day mandatory minicamp, which runs from June 7-9.

The Packers’ remaining OTA days are May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 13-14 and June 16.

Among the other players who weren’t on hand Tuesday were cornerback Jaire Alexander (who signed a rich new extension last week) and receiver Sammy Watkins.

As to whether Rodgers will be here anytime during voluntary workouts or OTA sessions, LaFleur said, “It’s all on him. It’s voluntary. ”

Prior to the 2021 offseason during which Rodgers was involved in a standoff with Packers brass, the four-time MVP quarterback had always been present for at least one offseason practice before training camp. Rodgers recently told radio host Pat McAfee he planned on coming to Green Bay sometime before mandatory minicamp.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur (left) said he has been in touch with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Even if Rodgers is not in Green Bay, he and LaFleur are staying in close contact.

“I talked to him last night for a while, which was great; just kind of updated him on where we are,” LaFleur said. “Just like every offseason, there’s always tweaks to what you’re doing. He’s in good spirits.”

With Rodgers absent, quarterback Jordan Love will receive a majority of the practice reps. The balance between having the offense ready for the playbook Rodgers will run and progressing Love along at a realistic pace is an ever-present goal, according to LaFleur.

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