It seemed at one point like the issues between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have at least something to do with the star quarterback’s contract situation. The more we learn, however, the less believable that is.
Peter King of NBC Sports spoke with Packers wide receiver Davante Adams recently. Adams indicated that “respect” is at the core of the dispute between Rodgers and the Packers. While Adams was careful not to criticize the team, he shared some very interesting thoughts.
“It’s just something that’s part of the business—you’ve got to keep people happy,” Adams said. “And it’s tough because you have so much time invested in one place and you’ve done so much for one place you just hope to see that respect reciprocated, I guess you could say. And when it doesn’t work out exactly how you want, you have issues like this.”
Earlier in the offseason, there was talk that the Packers wanted to restructure Rodgers’ contract in a way that would make it easy for them to part ways with him after this season. A more recent report claimed Green Bay offered to make Rodgers the highest-paid quarterback in football, but an agreement could not be reached. Perhaps that is because Rodgers is not concerned about his contract.
As King notes, the disagreement between Rodgers and the Packers is “much more a respect situation than a contractual one.” That almost certainly stems from the team trading up to draft quarterback Jordan Love last year without first consulting Rodgers. The 37-year-old feels he does not have enough of a voice within the organization, and it’s unclear how the Packers can convince him otherwise.
The relationship between Rodgers and one particular person in Green Bay appears to be tarnished beyond repair. That may ultimately lead to the reigning NFL MVP refusing to return to the team. The majority of disputes between professional athletes and their respective teams are about money, but it does not look like that is the case with Rodgers.
The situation between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers made a challenging job even more so for NFL schedule makers this year, and we now have confirmation that the league is banking on Rodgers remaining in Green Bay and playing in 2021.
NFL vice president of broadcast planning and scheduling Mike North spoke about this season’s schedule during an appearance on the “Ross Tucker Podcast” this week. He said schedule makers “kind of hit pause on the process” when it was reported on the first day of the draft that Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay.
“We asked 10 experts and we got 10 different answers. We’re hoping (he stays in Green Bay). None of us know for sure,” North said.
The Packers are scheduled to play five games on national TV this year. North noted that four of those games are earlier in the year, when there would likely be intrigue from fans who want to know how Jordan Love looks. The fifth game is later in the season and could always be flexed out if Rodgers is not with the Packers.
You can hear more of North’s remarks below:
The Packers continue to insist they will not trade Rodgers. There have been numerous reports that there is one change they could make that might please the star quarterback, but they don’t appear to be willing to make that move, either.
Many fans are hoping Rodgers and the Packers work things out before the start of the season. Based on the way they structured the schedule, it goes without saying that the NFL wants the same.
Aaron Rodgers has yet to give Green Bay Packers fans any glimmer of hope that the issues between him and the franchise can be resolved, but head coach Matt LaFleur made his feelings known on Friday.
LaFleur was asked by reporters if he has any update on the Rodgers situation. While he didn’t offer much, LaFleur essentially professed his love for the reigning NFL MVP.
“We still obviously feel the same way. We want him back in the worst way,” the coach said, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. “I know he knows that. And we’ll continue to work at it each and every day.”
That is the same sentiment that was shared by Packers CEO Mark Murphy earlier this month, when he said the team is committed to Rodgers and is trying to address his concerns. Rodgers has not publicly revealed why he is unhappy, but all indications are he still wants out of Green Bay.
The Packers obviously feel Jordan Love can be their quarterback of the future, which is why they traded up to draft him in the first round last year. In doing so, however, they may have run Rodgers out of town. Rodgers could wind up leaving the team over a personal issue he has with someone else in the organization.
There are likely several reasons that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, but at least one of them may not be fixable. That’s because it seems personal.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano spoke about the situation between Rodgers and the Packers on “Get Up!” Friday morning. He noted how Rodgers seems to disagree with the way the Packers are operating, but nothing has changed in the 16 years that the 37-year-old has been with the franchise. That’s why the reporter believes the biggest issue is that Rodgers simply doesn’t like general manager Brian Gutekunst.
“The Packers have a way of doing things. Yes, it’s possible that Brian Gutekunst didn’t effectively communicate to Aaron Rodgers that this is the Packers’ way of doing things and it applies to you just as it has applied to everyone else who has ever been here,” Graziano said. “But Rodgers has been there 16 years. It’s not like he’s new, either.
“I think there’s a personality issue between the two. … You do wonder if that’s a hurdle that can be cleared. Can they make it right with money? Can they convince Rodgers that Green Bay is the best place for him to be if he wants to win another Super Bowl? All of those things are possible, but if you can’t overcome a personal issue you have with the guy you work for, that might be too much.”
It is obvious that Rodgers was set off by the Packers trading up in the first round to draft quarterback Jordan Love last year. Perhaps Gutekunst was the driving force behind that decision, and it sounds like the GM kept Rodgers totally in the dark about it.
Rodgers reportedly won’t consider returning to Green Bay if Gutekunst is still there. Many people think he’ll eventually move past that, but one teammate explained why Packers fans should not expect a happy ending.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers can’t agree on much of anything these days, including whether the quarterback was promised a trade or not.
Reporting for the last two weeks has indicated that the Packers told Rodgers that he would be traded, then didn’t do so. ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio also hears that Rodgers believes he was promised a trade before the Packers changed their mind.
However, the Packers view this differently. Florio reports that a Packers source calls this “unequivocally false.” Not only that, but the Packers weren’t even aware that Rodgers believed he’d be traded.
It certainly makes things more confusing. A miscommunication is possible, but it’s hard to believe Rodgers’ camp wouldn’t be following up on such a promise. If the Packers never made such a promise, it’s also not clear how Rodgers came to that belief in the first place.
It’s also hard to believe the Packers could be so clueless if things like this were actually happening behind the scenes. Regardless, this doesn’t really bode well for the two sides sorting things out anytime soon.
The NFL released its full 2021 regular season schedule on Wednesday night, and it may have provided a hint regarding how television executives feel about the situation between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers are scheduled to play five games on national TV this season, which is the most of any team in the NFL. As Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes, that could be an indication that TV executives do not believe Rodgers will be playing for a new team in 2021.
Rodgers has informed the Packers that he wants a trade, but they have maintained publicly that they are committed to him. They reportedly offered to make the 37-year-old the highest-paid quarterback in football, though the exact details of the proposed deal are unknown.
Even if Rodgers does leave Green Bay, TV networks probably feel the Packers would still be enough of a draw with Jordan Love under center. However, they are obviously banking on those five games featuring the reigning NFL MVP.
The NFL made one notable change involving Rodgers to its schedule release promo, which you can see here. At this point, no one really knows what the outcome will be in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers is 37 years old, which was once viewed as an extremely advanced age for an NFL quarterback. Thanks to players like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, that is no longer the case. Rodgers was named NFL MVP last season and could still play several more years, and he may be leaning on Brady’s approach in order to do that.
Albert Breer of The MMQB spoke about Rodgers’ contract situation with the Green Bay Packers during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week. He said he had a conversation with Rodgers two years ago and asked the star quarterback if he is still motivated by so many teams passing on him in the 2005 NFL Draft. Rodgers said he doesn’t think about that all that much and has found a new source of motivation — playing for as long as he can.
That’s where Brady comes in, as Breer says Rodgers is a follower of the “TB12 Method.”
“His new motivation, he said, was, ‘I’m gonna see how long I can keep playing at this level.’ He actually bought Tom Brady’s book ‘The TB12 Method’ and adopted some of the principles there,” Breer said.
It’s unclear if Rodgers is an avid follower of Brady’s lifestyle or was just looking for a few pointers. Either way, the fact that he told Breer he bought the book is yet another endorsement of the TB12 Method. Rodgers had one of his best seasons as a pro in 2020 with 4,299 yards, 48 touchdown passes and five interceptions. He is showing no signs of slowing down.
The Packers supposedly offered to make Rodgers the highest-paid QB in the NFL, though the details of the proposal are not known. Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, and at least one of his teammates does not envision him backing down.
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The Green Bay Packers are not making Aaron Rodgers available for trade despite his issues with the team. But if they ever do decide to explore a trade, it does not sound like the Cleveland Browns would be one of the teams in the mix.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported that the Browns are happy with what they have in Baker Mayfield and believe he can lead them to a Super Bowl. Because of their faith in Mayfield, they would not be interested in pursuing a trade for Rodgers.
That may sound crazy to some, but the age of both players has a lot to do with it. Rodgers is turning 38, while Mayfield is 26. Mayfield has a long future ahead of him in Cleveland.
Of course, this might be a moot point anyway. Maybe the Browns’ front office knows Rodgers wouldn’t name Cleveland as his desired trade destination, so they could gain favor with Mayfield by saying they want him more than Rodgers. Either way, getting that information out there is a smart move for their relations with Mayfield.
If he does seek a trade, there are some reports about for whom Rodgers would like to play.
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Some recent information gives us an idea about how problematic the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers is.
We have known since the day of the NFL Draft that Rodgers wants out of Green Bay. The Packers have offered him money to try to get him to change his mind.
A recent report from The Athletic’s Bob McGinn said that the Packers offered to make Rodgers the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
There are no details about the terms of the offer. We don’t know how much money was guaranteed, nor the length of the contract offer, which is likely a chief concern for Rodgers. But McGinn uses the example as a way to point out how Rodgers’ issues with the team go beyond money.
One former teammate thinks that the relationship and issues are fixable. However, another reporter thinks that Rodgers will not be changing his mind.
Rodgers has three years left on his contract after signing a 4-year extension in 2018. He has a $37 million cap hit in 2021.
Among other issues, Rodgers probably also did not appreciate being blamed for the team’s lack of moves.
Davante Adams has been one of the most dominant wide receivers in the NFL for years now while catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, so it goes without saying that he would be devastated to see the star quarterback leave the Green Bay Packers this offseason. Like most of us, however, Adams says he is unsure of how the situation will turn out.
Adams shared some of his thoughts on the drama surrounding Rodgers and the Packers during an appearance on “The Herd w/ Colin Cowherd” on Monday. He said he did not want to give away too much but indicated Rodgers is unhappy over what the Packers have not done rather than what they’ve done.
“I can’t speak on specifics, but there’s certain things that he wants and maybe the club wasn’t so excited about living up to right away,” Adams said. “That can affect a guy who has done so much for an organization.”
Packers fans might be even more concerned about the response Adams gave when asked how Rodgers’ potential departure might impact the receiver’s future with the franchise. Adams, who is set to become a free agent after the season, admitted the Rodgers situation could sway his decision.
“Potentially, potentially. That’s my guy. That’s the only guy that I’ve played with,” Adams said. “We’ve built up a special connection over the years that has put us both in really great positions in our careers. … It would change a lot. It doesn’t mean I’d be gone, but I’d have to do some extra thinking if my guy wasn’t here.”
You can hear Adams’ full comments below:
Adams finished in the top five in every major receiving category last year and led the NFL with 18 touchdown receptions despite missing two games. He and Rodgers have been virtually unstoppable together when both are healthy.
Packers fans didn’t feel any better about the Rodgers drama when Adams sent this tweet recently, either, but the Pro Bowler hasn’t said anything all that surprising.