The NFL isn’t like the NBA or MLB but you have to imagine guys like Rodgers follow other pro sports and see how much power the star players have in terms of guaranteed money and trade clauses and opt out clauses.
At this point in his career, he doesn’t have much more to prove. He’s been a loyal soldier. But at what point does he say enough is enough and force the issue? He’s certainly earned that right. Would it piss off the fans? Probably. But loyalty and dedication is a two way street.
We all get attached to players and want the John Elway fairy tale ending but more often than not it doesn’t work out that way. I truly believe there was no back door move drafting Love other than I don’t think they were expecting Rodgers to play this well this year. There was nothing over the last 3 years to suggest his skills weren’t declining. But maybe the system and his own motivation changed and here we are.
The smart play would be to go “all in” for 2021 and see where the chips fall and then decide after this season whether or not to flip the switch and move on. It would be better for both Rodgers and the Packers. But can they realistically upgrade the roster with Rodgers making 20% of the cap? It will take a miracle just to bring back Jones and Linsley. And they still need LB and DL and CB help.