NFL Star Blows Off Team

( – In an unexpected turn of events, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers has opted out of participating in this week’s mandatory minicamp, coach Robert Saleh has disclosed in a statement.

The prominent quarterback had previously informed the Jets of his planned absence due to a personal commitment he deemed significant.

“He had an event that was important to him,” Saleh explained, as cited by The New York Post.

Rodgers was present at the team’s facility on Monday where he completed his physical examination and fulfilled his responsibilities for photo day.

Notably, Rodgers’ absence was one of two major unexcused absences; the other was new defensive end Haason Reddick. Both players are potentially facing fines due to their nonattendance.

Coach Saleh elaborated on his communications with Rodgers, indicating a strong ongoing dialogue.

“Aaron and I spoke before OTAs started. He’s been very good in communication, he’s been here the entire time,” Saleh said.

He further acknowledged the reason behind Rodgers’ absence: “It’s unexcused, but he had an event that was very important to him, which he communicated to me.”

In parallel, Haason Reddick’s situation also captures attention. Reddick, who joined the Jets from the Eagles in a trade finalized in late March, is reportedly seeking a renegotiation of his contract.

Saleh, having spoken to Reddick over the weekend for the first time since the trade, did not express concern about Reddick’s potential holdout extending into the training camp.

The two did not discuss the continuation of the holdout or his contract specifics during their conversation.

“I appreciated the dialogue. He’s in a really good place mentally, working his tail off like we already know, but he’s choosing to sit out so it’s unexcused,” Saleh commented.

He confidently added, “I’m not concerned about Haason Reddick. I understand everything that’s happening, but at the same time I know that when it comes time to play football, he’s gonna be ready to play football.”

Reddick, a seasoned 29-year-old athlete and two-time Pro Bowler, is set to earn $21.8 million in 2024, which is part of a three-year, $45 million contract he signed before the commencement of the 2022 season.

Regarding inquiries about potential contractual negotiations for Reddick, Saleh directed those to general manager Joe Douglas.

It was noted that discussions regarding Reddick’s contractual terms had taken place between the Jets and Reddick’s representatives prior to the execution of the trade.

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