Former NFL QB teases 'expensive' reason for Aaron Rodgers' absence

Why is Rodgers missing from Jets minicamp?
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The NY Jets officially kicked off their two-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and all but two of the 91 players under contract were in attendance. One of the two absent from the team's facilities was quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers was an unexpected and unexplained absence from minicamp this week, and while the Jets aren't concerned about his lack of attendance — especially seeing as they've seemingly known about it for months — there's been a natural curiosity about where he is.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Tuesday that Rodgers informed the team he would be skipping minicamp to attend an event that is "important to him." What kind of event are we talking about? If rumors are to be believed, it's an expensive one.

Former NFL quarterback Chase Daniel took to social media on Wednesday to throw fuel on the Rodgers fire. Daniel insisted that Rodgers' absence was an "expensive" one, suggesting that the truth about his trip could be revealed in due time.

Why is Aaron Rodgers absent from NY Jets minicamp?

There has been widespread speculation about Rodgers' absence over the last couple of days. It's not worth repeating some of these theories, but Daniel's comments will only further some narratives.

Whatever the case, the Jets don't seem concerned by Rodgers' absence. It's worth noting that the four-time MVP has been in attendance for every voluntary event of the offseason to this point.

Rodgers supposedly informed the Jets months ago that he would not be attending minicamp, so while it technically goes down as an "unexcused absence," the Jets were made fully aware of this situation months in advance.

By all accounts, there's no reason for anyone to be concerned about Rodgers missing two days of padless practice in the middle of June.

Do the Jets wish Rodgers was there with his teammates? Of course. But is this going to have any bearing on the success (or lack thereof) of the team come the regular season? Of course not.

We don't know where Aaron Rodgers is or what he's doing, but it ultimately doesn't matter. As long as he's with his teammates come the start of training camp next month, everyone will move on and forget this even happened.