Newton is entering a decisive season, one that will determine how his career canon will play out.
Players often take a conservative measurement when it comes to their health and whether teams always have their best interests. And the COVID vaccines are likely to provoke even more thought and wariness.
By late July, it will have spanned six months without Rodgers having thrown a single spiral in the presence of Packers coaches. That’s a hell of a statement.
Rodgers’ absence this week is a significant moment in an escalating standoff with the Packers, signaling a deepening resolve that the team’s front office must consider in a longer vantage as it prepares for the 2021 season.
Regardless of whether or not the NFL MVP shows up to Green Bay minicamp this week, his statement will lack any ambiguity.
If the totality of 2021 is a disappointing rehash of last season, it’s hard to see McCarthy surviving that kind of failure, especially inside an NFC East that’s in a state of flux.
To be clear, no deal for either player is imminent. But if one was, NFL teams will soon be allowed to split the cap hits.
He took some light slaps. He appealed to the kind of thing fans would understand. But he never called in the airstrike that could have advanced a trade push. And a few days later, that’s what lingers.
The star QB spoke affectionately about virtually everyone involved with the Packers franchise — but notably left the front office out of that mix.