Aaron Rodgers is next up to become No. 1 on the list of the NFL’s highest-paid players. But so far, the negotiating process between the quarterback and the Packers has been interesting and occasionally combative, even as Rodgers’ ideal contract value has come into focus.
As a former NFL general manager who signed plenty of quarterback deals in my career, I would strongly advise new Green Bay GM Brian Gutekunst to finish the Rodgers negotiation as quickly as possible, certainly before the start of training camp. And I’d recommend the Packers pay him what it takes to satisfy one of the league’s best players. The team does not want this to be an ongoing story.
Rodgers began this offseason finishing his rehab from the broken collarbone that cost him nine games last season and doomed the Packers to Authentic Corey Grant Jersey a 7-9 record. He also was in a surly mood after the team released Jordy Nelson to clear salary-cap space, and his quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt was fired.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA has retained multiple law firms to research the options for fighting the new policy, which mandates all players in the playing area to stand for the anthem, and which requires any player who would protest the Sean Davis Jersey anthem to remain in the locker room.
One potential challenge would come in the form of a non-injury grievance under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deadline for filing the grievance would come in late July, and the argument would be that the NFL failed to engage in good-faith bargaining with the union before taking away a right that the NFL had previously given to the players, and that the NFL had confirmed on multiple occasions.
The league gave players the right to protest in 2009, via a poorly-drafted http://www.steelersnflofficialonline.com/Authentic-Sean-Davis-Jersey policy that requires the players to be present on the sideline for the anthem http://www.jaguarsfootballofficialonline.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_COREY_GRANT_JERSEY.html but that makes standing optional. In 2016, the NFL confirmed that players are not required to stand after Colin Kaepernick was first spotted sitting during the anthem. In 2017, the NFL once again told players that they would have the right to protest, after the President said that he’d like to see an NFL owner respond to an anthem protest by saying, Get that son of a bitch off the field, he’s fired!