Terry Bradshaw was trending on Twitter today. Fortunately, it was not because he had finally done what he had allegedly done in 2007.
Bradshaw continued his attack on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a performance on Colin Cowherd’s show.
Bradshaw said, among other things, that Rodgers “probably has the worst footwork I̵
The more intriguing topic came from Bradshaw’s comments about Rodgers’ contract. Bradshaw compared Rodger’s desire for a new contract to Bradshaw, who potentially called FOX and demanded a new deal despite having several years left.
It’s misleading. Bradshaw has a contract – his deal with FOX. Rodgers (like any player) has two, his individual agreement with the Packers and the broader contract between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Although Rodgers has three years on his contract with the Packers, the employment agreement gives him rights to apply leverage to the Packers by, for example, not showing up.
Will there be financial consequences? Yes. Does Rodgers have the right to assume these consequences and withhold services? Absolutely.
It was cleaner for Tom Brady to leave New England because his individual contract had expired and the team did not use the franchise tag. And it would be easier for Rodgers to get out if he had not agreed a deal that runs through 2023, and that gives Packers year-on-year flexibility on the back.
That remains the core of the problem. The Packers want the benefit of the ability to make their decisions about Rodgers one year at a time. Rodgers wants to short-circuit that process.
Rodgers is not the only one who has done that. Carson Wentz did it in Philadelphia. Matthew Stafford did it in Detroit. Deshaun Watson is doing it in Houston. And Russell Wilson will eventually do it in Seattle.
The only questions at this point are whether the Packers are digging in or making a deal, and whether Rodgers will eventually return to the Packers, acting as if it was all exaggerated and / or fabricated.