Another take from Brandt:
What I’m now thinking about the Aaron Rodgers/Packers standoff… There are now comments from former teammates of Aaron who have talked to him- players such as James Jones, John Kuhn and AJ Hawk- who hardly make the situation seem as dire as the breathless reporting of a couple of weeks ago. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. As I've been saying, the Packers appear to want their cake and to eat it too: they want their present quarterback, the NFL MVP, to play for them this year while keeping the seat warm for their future quarterback. And Rodgers is understandably not down with that plan. Some of those looking for solutions are focused on the contract: making Aaron the highest paid player in the league, adding guaranteed years, etc. But... you only get to the contract part of things if the "other stuff" is worked out. As someone who managed an NFL Cap for 10 years, I know this: the money and the contract can always be figured out. From the start, this dispute has seemed about much more than money; some fissure, some chasm, some dislike between Rodgers and the front office. It is only when that part is resolved- if it ever can be- that the money part enters the equation.