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Adam Schefter shares latest prediction for Aaron Rodgers situation

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has less than two weeks remaining to decide if he will show up to training camp with the Green Bay Packers, and one NFL insider thinks there were would need to be a significant change to the star quarterback’s contract for that to happen.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “Get Up!” Thursday that he does not believe Rodgers will report to the Packers under his current deal. The reason for that is Rodgers still wants out of Green Bay, and his contract ties him to the team for three more seasons. If the Packers want Rodgers to play in 2021, Schefter thinks they will have to give him assurances that he will be traded next offseason.

How can they do that? One way would be to restructure Rodgers’ contract so it voids next March. Another would be to build in some sort of massive bonus that the Packers are not going to pay, thus forcing them to move on from the reigning NFL MVP.

Obviously, Schefter does not think Rodgers is going to change his mind about wanting out of Green Bay. It may be too late in the offseason for the Packers to trade him now, so an agreement to part ways in 2022 would make sense.

Rodgers reportedly turned down a contract extension offer from the Packers this offseason for a very specific reason. The issues he has with the team clearly are not going away.

Peyton Manning offers his take on Aaron Rodgers’ future with Packers

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning wants to see the Denver Broncos do well. As one of the teams most closely linked to a possible Aaron Rodgers trade, one would think that would be something Manning wants to see, but it turns out that’s not the case.

Manning was asked about Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers while attending MLB All-Star festivities in Denver this week. The former quarterback said he sees Rodgers as a Packer, and hopes the two sides can work it out. He also voiced confidence in Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater as potential starters for the Broncos.

Manning wants the Broncos to do well, but he’s also a football fan. For him, like many others, Rodgers playing for anyone other than the Packers would just be strange. Then again, the same could have been said about Manning leaving the Colts.

Some others associated with the Broncos would be much more eager to see the team land Rodgers. Manning seems content with however things play out, though it’s hard to imagine he’d be upset with Rodgers winding up in Denver.

Von Miller confident in Broncos’ leadership to pull off Aaron Rodgers trade

Von Miller

If Aaron Rodgers is available in a possible trade, Von Miller is confident that his Denver Broncos could make it happen.

Miller participated in the All Star Celebrity Softball Game at Coors Field, which is one of the events that comes with hosting the MLB All-Star Game. The Broncos linebacker was asked by News9’s Mike Klis if he had heard anything about the team acquiring Rodgers, who is dissatisfied with the Packers.

Miller first endorsed Denver’s quarterbacks, Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, before expressing confidence in the front office.

“First and foremost, I’m comfortable with Drew, I’m comfortable with Teddy. G.P. (George Paton) and John Elway, if A-Rod is out there for us to get him, those are the two guys to have on the job.”

Miller noted how Elway has successfully recruited big-time players in the past, like Peyton Manning.

“So if there’s a guy to be had, G.P. and John Elway are the two to put on it, if it can be done.”

Miller said that even if Rodgers is not available, he has complete confidence in Lock and Bridgewater, who have impressed him in camp.

Miller is giving the right answer publicly, but everyone knows the team would be best off with Rodgers. There is no debate about that. Denver has long been viewed as a favorite to land Rodgers. But the Packers do not seem to have any plans to let him go.

Did Aaron Rodgers’ father Ed rip Packers in private message to writer?

Aaron Rodgers

A Twitter account that sure seems to belong to the father of Aaron Rodgers ripped the Green Bay Packers in a private message sent to a writer not too long ago.

On May 15, writer Les Heintz published an article on a Minneapolis site called Zone Coverage that was titled “Why Packers Fans Blame Aaron Rodgers.” In the article, Heintz argued that Rodgers was hurting his reputation and needed to mend fences with the Packers.

Heintz tweeted a link promoting his story and received a public Twitter reply to his tweet that said, “Dumb article!”

The public reply came from a Twitter account with the name “Ed Rodgers” and the handle “@edrodgersdc.” Rodgers’ father is named Ed and is a chiropractor (hence the doctor of chiropractic/dc initials).

Heintz reacted to the reply swiftly without thinking much and gave a snarky response.

“I’m glad you found someone to read it to you!” Heintz replied.

Heintz says he then received a direct message from the Ed Rodgers DC account, which is a private message only visible to the people involved. In that message, the Ed Rodgers account delved into Packers issues and absolutely ripped the team. Heintz published the message in an article for “Inside Hook.”

“Hey Les, I don’t like your article,” the message began. “You’re assuming that all the media coming out is true. Plus you’re forgetting this is a business.

“Favre lasted too long and then waffled. Aaron has given this organization everything even when the GMs over the years did little to nothing to get him elite weapons. Except for some early on drafts by Ted, there was no one brought in with elite talent except (Davante) Adams.

“It is so mind boggling to his family and friend since Aaron is a generational talent. And the hiring of (Mike) McCarthy was a joke considering we could have had Sean Peyton (SIC) who is a great offensive coach especially when compared to the buffoon MM.

“So give Aaron’s break (SIC). I don’t blame him it should have happened sooner. Last years draft was a joke. They moved up to get a QB that most experts say could have been taken in the 2nd round. It was a terrible draft. And I predict their treasured QB of the future will be average at best.

“The fans cussed at my son when he took over for Brett and now they’re cussing at him when he wants to leave. Stupid fan base! I hope he leaves for a team that truly will appreciate his talent and character.”

There is a lot going on in that message, but one big question is whether the account actually belongs to Rodgers’ father, or if it is someone pretending to be Rodgers’ father.

Let’s look into some details supporting the notion that the account belongs to Rodgers’ father. The account follows just 81 accounts. Most of those accounts are writers/reporters who cover the Packers.The account follows Aaron Rodgers and his brothers, as well as some Chico, Calif. reporters, which is where the Rodgers family lives. It also follows some SEC accounts; Ed’s son, Jordan, played in the SEC at Vanderbilt and was an analyst for SEC Network. The account is followed by numerous Packers reporters (why would they waste their time following a phony account?), as well as noted ESPN national NFL reporter, Adam Schefter.

The account has tweeted a photo from inside the stadium in Tampa ahead of a 2014 game between the Packers and Bucs.

It also has promoted a family photo shared by Luke Rodgers, Aaron’s brother, that features their family attending a hockey game.

All signs point to the account being run by the real Ed Rodgers.

If it indeed belongs to Rodgers’ father, it’s clear the man is very protective of his son despite a publicly-reported fallout in the family.

The account even defended the direct message, saying “I get tired of some folks bashing my son.”

Perhaps the contents of the direct message shared with Heintz gives some hints about Aaron’s frustration with the team. Aaron may just be fed up that the team hasn’t gotten him enough weapons and drafted a quarterback last year instead of a piece that could have immediately helped the offense. The message also called Mike McCarthy a “buffoon.” Aaron Rodgers effectively got McCarthy fired and reportedly did not think the coach was too smart football-wise.

The Ed Rodgers account also blasted Packers fans as “stupid.” Though the same account later acknowledged publicly on Twitter that they “overreacted” and said the fan base was “pretty awesome.”

Aaron Rodgers is still holding out from the Packers, but he is not saying he won’t return to the team. Aaron Rodgers reportedly has issues with the Packers’ general manager.

Prior to her breakup with the quarterback, Danica Patrick was reportedly working to help Rodgers mend his relationship with his family.

Tom Brady ruthlessly mocks himself over losing ‘The Match’ again

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady showed us once again in “The Match” this year that he is not the best at everything, but he continues to win on social media. This time, he made himself the subject of his own trolling.

Brady and Mickelson lost to Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont., on Tuesday night. They were 1-up after the 7th hole but fell apart and lost with two holes remaining. On Wednesday, Brady turned the trash talk on himself by sharing some hilarious Twitter memes.

Of course, Brady used the same Brooks Koepka meme while mocking Rodgers and DeChambeau leading up to “The Match.” The seven-time Super Bowl champion definitely talked more trash than anyone in the foursome, but he and Mickelson once again came up short. They also lost to Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods last year.

Brady has struggled now in his two appearances at “The Match,” but he remains a huge draw for obvious reasons. Even if he didn’t live up to the promises he made on the practice green, he will likely still be invited back next year.

Aaron Rodgers has 3-word answer about playing for Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Will Aaron Rodgers be playing for the Green Bay Packers this season despite all the holdout drama? He was asked that question on Tuesday and gave a 3-word response.

Rodgers was part of a foursome competing in a televised golf match called “The Match” on Tuesday. He was asked by announcer Brian Anderson whether he will be quarterbacking the Packers in Week 1 this season.

“I don’t know,” Rodgers said.

Truthfully, that is actually an answer Packers fans should be pleased about. Rodgers did not say “no.” He did not say “no way.” He left open the possibility of playing for them.

Rodgers had the opportunity to opt out of the season and didn’t.

Between Rodgers’ response and what the Packers’ president’s latest move was, fans should be slightly optimistic.

Important deadline passes for Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Aaron Rodgers

It is unclear if Aaron Rodgers plans to play football in 2021, but the reigning MVP has kept himself eligible to do so.

Like last season, there is an agreement in place between the NFL and NFL Players Association that allows players to opt out of all of 2021 and essentially delay the player’s contract. Last Friday was the deadline for players to opt out, and there was no indication that Rodgers went that route. The official transaction list was distributed to teams on Tuesday, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rodgers was not a part of it.

That is hardly a surprise, but it does answer a big question. Some had speculated that Rodgers could opt out of the 2021 season to prevent having to pay back money if he can’t reach a resolution with the Packers. That never seemed like a realistic option, however.

Rodgers is not expected to report to training camp later this month. It’s possible he could take his holdout into the regular season, though a recent rumor about a country club gave Packers fans some hope.

Packers president ignores Aaron Rodgers in latest column

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers fans have had one obvious concern at the forefront of their minds all offseason, but team president Mark Murphy could be done addressing the situation for now.

Murphy writes a column for Packers.com once a month in which he addresses a topic of interest for the team and answers five questions from fans. Last month, Murphy addressed the Rodgers drama and surprised some people when he said he believes it has divided the fanbase. He also said the Packers were working with Rodgers on a resolution.

In Monday’s column, Murphy made no mention of Rodgers. He was undoubtedly flooded with questions about the reigning NFL MVP, but Murphy instead chose to discuss other topics like fans being welcomed back at Lambeau Field and the recent news about NFL throwback uniforms.

Did Murphy intentionally omit Rodgers from his column? Probably, but that doesn’t mean the situation has grown more tense. Both sides have gone fairly quiet in recent weeks, which could be a positive sign. It could also mean there is nothing to report and that Rodgers is no closer to returning to the team.

Whatever the case, Rodgers’ camp probably appreciates the silence from Murphy more than some of the unflattering quotes the team president has delivered.

Aaron Rodgers sends 2-word tweet after Bucks make NBA Finals

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers sent a two-word tweet after his Milwaukee Bucks made the NBA Finals on Saturday night.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is a minority owner of the team. His tweet was simple and focused on the team winning the championship:

At least Rodgers is aligned with many fans in Wisconsin on one matter.

The Bucks have been a top team in the regular season for three years in a row, but they were coming up short in the playoffs. They lost in the conference finals two seasons ago, the conference semis last season, but they have broken through to the NBA Finals this year.

Now it will be between the Bucks and Phoenix Suns to see who wins it all.

Aaron Rodgers makes key 2020 decision as first deadline passes

Aaron Rodgers

The first key deadline of Aaron Rodgers’ offseason has passed in terms of whether he’ll play for the Green Bay Packers in 2021.

Rodgers had until 4 p.m. ET Friday to decide whether or not he was going to opt out of the 2021 season. Doing so would have protected Rodgers from any fines he would pick up from holding out from the Packers and allowed him to retain some bonus money, but the decision also would have been irreversible.

Unsurprisingly, the deadline passed without any news from Rodgers, meaning the quarterback is still eligible to play in 2021. While this doesn’t necessarily clear up the quarterback’s future in Green Bay, it’s at least a key step toward adding some clarity to the situation.

Rodgers was considered unlikely to opt out even though he’s unhappy with the Packers and wants a trade. The finality of the decision simply made it unfeasible for the veteran quarterback. It leaves the door open to him possibly playing for Green Bay in 2021. On the other hand, it also suggests he believes there’s still the possibility of a trade, though a new report cast some serious doubt on that.