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Packers GM Brian Gutekunst insists Aaron Rodgers will not be traded

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is digging in on Aaron Rodgers.

Gutekunst spoke with reporters after the first round of the NFL Draft was completed on Thursday night. He was asked about Rodgers following reports that the quarterback doesn’t want to play for Green Bay anymore.

“We’re not going to trade Aaron,” Gutekunst said.

He also upped the stakes.

“I do think he’ll play for us again,” Gutekunst said.

Either Gutekunst is in denial, believes he can do what the Seahawks did with Russell Wilson, or he’s lying. Maybe he really thinks he can outlast Rodgers here. Good luck. The 37-year-old might even consider retirement before returning to the Packers if he really doesn’t want to play for them.

For now, we know the Packers are not letting teams make trade offers for the reigning NFL MVP. And here’s an explanation of what reportedly occurred in contract talks between the sides.

John Lynch shares what Packers told him about Aaron Rodgers trade

John Lynch

The San Francisco 49ers have a new quarterback, but it’s not Aaron Rodgers.

The Niners on Thursday selected Trey Lance No. 3 overall in the draft. The same day they also called the Green Bay Packers to inquire about Rodgers’ status.

49ers GM John Lynch confirmed they reached out to Green Bay. Lynch says the Packers ended the conversation quickly because they had no interest in trading Rodgers.

That matches what was reported earlier in the day.

There was also a rumor on Thursday that the Niners made a massive trade offer for Rodgers. It sounds like it never even got to that point.

Rodgers reportedly is not going to play for the Packers again. Green Bay doesn’t sound like they have any interest in trading him. Either the Packers’ stance will soften, or maybe Rodgers would walk away from football.

Report: Rams showed trade interest in Aaron Rodgers

Sean McVay

Numerous teams would have interest in Aaron Rodgers if the Green Bay Packers actually made him available in a trade. We know of two NFC West teams that already did show interest in Rodgers.

Adam Schefter was talking on ESPN’s coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday. He shared some information on Rodgers’ status with the Packers.

Schefter mentioned that Rodgers was not part of the Packers’ virtual offseason. He says that Rodgers has “dug in” about not wanting to be back in Green Bay.

What’s interesting is that Schefter named two teams that have reached out to the Packers regarding Rodgers: the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.

“They heard from the Rams in January,” Schefter said. They heard from the 49ers last night. I’m told that no team has made an offer. But it will be interesting to see, in light of this news today, if another team steps forward tonight and makes an offer to the Green Bay Packers.”

The Rams were probably just looking around and starting with the best quarterbacks possible in their quest to upgrade from Jared Goff. Maybe they also knew that Rodgers was not happy.

The Rams were reportedly told at the time that Rodgers was not available. So LA ended up trading for Matthew Stafford. The 49ers have reportedly tried to make a big push for Rodgers and were willing to deal the No. 3 pick.

Did Packers tell Aaron Rodgers they were going to trade him?

Aaron Rodgers

Is Aaron Rodgers frustrated with the Green Bay Packers in part due to a trade not happening? That’s what one very interesting rumor suggests.

Former ESPN host Trey Wingo said on Twitter Thursday that the Packers told Rodgers they were going to trade him over the offseason. When they backed off, things became problematic between both sides.

Wingo says within the last week, Rodgers told the Packers he would not play for them again.

Why would the Packers have told Rodgers they would trade him and then not do it? The team seemingly has been trying to rework his contract. Were they thinking he would blink? Something there doesn’t seem to add up.

If the Packers do become open to trading Rodgers, there is one team that already is trying to get him.

Packers GM issues response to Aaron Rodgers reports

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is attempting to play down reports about quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ unhappiness in Green Bay.

In a statement issued to the media, Gutekunst said the Packers are “committed” to Rodgers “in 2021 and beyond.”

“As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” Gutekunst said, via the Associated Press. “Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”

This reads like an attempt at damage control that is coming far too late. The team’s decision to use its first-round pick on quarterback Jordan Love in 2020 was taken by Rodgers as a message that his days in Green Bay were numbered. At no point in the last year has anyone involved been able to shake that perception, and it’s clear that Rodgers still believes that.

It sounds like there are many other issues factoring into Rodgers’ unhappiness, and the Packers appear to be stuck both unwilling and unable to accommodate him. At this point, there really isn’t anything Gutekunst can say publicly to quiet the speculation that will only increase from here.

Report details how Aaron Rodgers’ contract talks with Packers went

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay. That much has been established.

The 37-year-old quarterback was upset last year when the Packers drafted Jordan Love in the first round. Not only was that an obvious sign the Packers thought Rodgers’ career was winding down, but taking a quarterback prevented them from helping the team add first-round talent to other positions.

Rodgers gave obvious signs as soon as the season ended that he wasn’t happy with Green Bay. There was some thinking that he was angling for a new contract.

So what transpired that led up to Thursday’s report that Rodgers wants out? NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Rodgers’ agent went to Green Bay. Rodgers wanted a contract extension, but Green Bay just wanted to restructure his current deal, which runs through 2023. When word got out that Rodgers wasn’t happy, teams came calling. The Packers then offered Rodgers an extension, but nothing happened.

And that leads us to Thursday, when news leaked that Rodgers wants out.

Rodgers just won NFL MVP and seems to have at least a few good years left in him. The Packers probably had some reasonable concerns about committing so much money to him given Rodgers’ age. Now it seems he is ready to force his way out. Keep in mind that the Packers reportedly have felt limited by Rodgers’ contract.

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 and would cost the team $38 million in dead cap money if cut. His cap hit is nearly $40 million in 2022, though his dead cap money drops to $17 million, which is a more manageable amount of money if the Packers wanted to move on from him. Rodgers is taking up around 20 percent of the $182 million salary cap in 2021.

Here is why Aaron Rodgers is so unhappy with Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is reportedly so unhappy with the Green Bay Packers that he does not want to return to the team, and it sounds like there are several factors that led to his frustration.

The tension between Rodgers and the Packers really seemed to reach a boil a year ago, when Green Bay traded up in the first round of the draft to select quarterback Jordan Love. Rodgers has admitted he was not pleased about the decision. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, and the Love pick is one source of frustration for him.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Rodgers’ contract is also an issue. The 37-year-old has wanted an extension rather than a restructure, but the negotiations have not gotten anywhere.

Depending on who you ask, the contract dispute may only be a small issue in the grand scheme of things. If you remember, Rodgers was frustrated three years ago that the Packers made significant changes to the team without consulting him first. Those changes included moving on from wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. His discontent has probably been building for a while.

Rodgers raised a big red flag with the comments he made after the NFC Championship Game this year, though he later downplayed them. He has also taken shots at Green Bay’s front office in the past. It sounds like he simply wants out.

Could Aaron Rodgers become the full-time host of Jeopardy?

Aaron Rodgers Jeopardy

When it was announced that Aaron Rodgers would be guest-hosting “Jeopardy!”, most assumed it was for a combination of fun and charity. However, the Green Bay Packers quarterback made clear he wanted the permanent job — and apparently he has a shot at it.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Rodgers “really impressed” the show’s producers during his two-week stint as guest host. The quarterback was impressive enough that he will reportedly receive consideration for the permanent job once that decision is made.

If there’s any doubt about whether Rodgers would want the job, you only need to know how hard the quarterback prepared for the gig. Some might question how he could host a game show while simultaneously playing quarterback in the NFL, but he appears to have a plan for that, too.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the biggest Rodgers rumor going around at the moment.

Report: Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers have denied that there is any tension between Aaron Rodgers and the team, but the star quarterback apparently feels much differently.

Rodgers has told some within the Packers organization that he does not want to return to the team, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The team is aware of his frustrations and has had president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur all fly out to meet with Rodgers in separate trips this offseason.

The Packers have made it known to rival teams that they have no intention of trading Rodgers, but the 37-year-old remains unhappy with his situation. Schefter confirmed that the San Francisco 49ers reached out to Green Bay about a potential trade for Rodgers. The Los Angeles Rams also placed a call before they traded for Matthew Stafford back in January.

Green Bay has reportedly offered to extend Rodgers’ contract, but it does not sound like any progress has been made on that front. Gutekunst said earlier this week that the team is “working through things” with Rodgers’ contract and remains fully committed to the three-time MVP.

Rodgers’ discontent stems in part from the Packers trading up to draft quarterback Jordan Love in the first round last year without informing the veteran of their plans.

Rodgers has three years left on his contract after signing a four-year extension in 2018. His cap hit is around $37 million this year and nearly $40 million in 2022. He sent Packers fans into a collective panic with the comments he made after the NFC Championship Game, though he later downplayed them. It now sounds like the concern is warranted.

Report: Packers turned away 49ers’ trade inquiry for Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to select a quarterback with the third overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL Draft, but their preference may have been to use the pick to acquire one of the greatest players in football history.

The 49ers reached out to the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday about potentially trading for Aaron Rodgers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. No formal offer was made and there is said to be a “zero percent chance” the Packers trade Rodgers.

While Pelissero was told no actual offer was made, a rumor on Thursday claimed the Niners offered the No. 3 overall pick, Jimmy Garoppolo, more draft picks and then some.

The 49ers probably knew they had virtually no chance of acquiring Rodgers, but it is not a surprise that they tried. If you remember, they also reached out to the New England Patriots a few years back about trading for Tom Brady. Niners general manager John Lynch has confirmed that happened and even shared a funny story about making the call.

There has been an awkward tension between Rodgers and the Packers this offseason, beginning when the three-time MVP made these comments after losing the NFC Championship Game. The two sides also have not been able to work out a restructured contract, but team executives insist they are committed to the 37-year-old QB

If there is one thing we know about Lynch, it’s that he is always going to shoot his shot.