Ladies and gentleman, I have something very serious and definitely not quite silly and all a bit of a non-story here that you really, really need to know about.
Apparently, there are some NFL teams who think that Aaron Rodgers should become a free agent when he comes back from injury. And it is all because the Packers put him on Injured Reserve for the second time this season.
According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Packers violated NFL rules regarding players who are eligible to be placed on injured reserve - and that Green Bay should have to release the quarterback as a result.
According to Schefter, NFL rules stipulate that a player needs to have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve. If that is not the case, the team is obligated to release the player once he is healthy.
Well, you can guess what the Packers. After coming back from a shoulder injury and playing last week Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Mike McCarthy shut Rodgers down for the rest of the season and placed him on IR with the quarterback being "sore" and the Packers having nothing to play for after being eliminated from playoff contention.
The Packers were shutout by the Minnesota Vikings last night as Brett Hundley got the start at quarterback with Rodgers on the sidelines. After the game, Mike McCarthy had his say.
"Frankly, I don't see any issue with Aaron Rodgers going on IR," McCarthy said Sunday. "My understanding is we communicated, followed the procedures and guidelines that you have to, to put a player on IR. So from our perspective, there's no issue."
If Rodgers didn't suffer a new injury but was placed back on injured reserve anyway, NFL rules stipulate that the Packers would have to release him.
Now, nobody is expecting the NFL to fully enforce this. It would be absolute havoc. But imagine, just imagine, if Aaron Rodgers needed to be forcibly released and had to become a free agent. The Cleveland Browns would probably offer him $40m per year for the next decade. It would be incredible.
Let's just wait and see what the NFL themselves have to say about all this.
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