Terry Bradshaw was all the rage on Twitter today. Fortunately, it wasn’t because he finally did what he supposedly did in 2007.
Bradshaw continued his assault on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during an appearance on Colin Cowherd’s show.
Among other things, Bradshaw said Rodgers “has probably the worst footwork I have ever seen for a starting quarterback. Frankly, it just doesn’t matter if the quarterback delivers the ball accurately. Patrick Mahomes also has bad footwork and is already one of the greatest players in league history.
The most intriguing subject came from Bradshaw’s comments on Rodgers’ contract. Bradshaw compared Rodgers’ desire for a new contract to Bradshaw potentially calling FOX and demanding a new deal despite several years.
This is a misleading interpretation. Bradshaw has a contract – his deal with FOX. Rodgers (like every player) has two, his individual deal with the Packers and the larger contract between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Although Rodgers has three years to complete his deal with the Packers, the employment deal gives him the right to leverage the Packers, for example, by not showing up.
Will there be financial consequences? Yes. Does Rodgers have the right to accept these consequences and refuse services? Absolutely.
It was cleaner for Tom Brady to leave New England as his individual contract had expired and the team did not apply the franchise label. And it would be easier for Rodgers to come out if he hadn’t agreed to a deal that runs until 2023, which gives the Packers year-to-year flexibility on the back-end.
This remains the crux of the problem. The Packers want the opportunity to make their decisions about Rodgers one year at a time. Rodgers wants to bypass this process.
Rodgers isn’t the only one to have done this. 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 dig or make a deal, and if Rodgers will eventually come back to the Packers, acting like everything is overkill and / or fabricated.