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NFL insider: Aaron Rodgers ‘solid on never playing for Packers again’

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has no intention of reporting to the Green Bay Packers until his ongoing feud with the team is resolved. The only way to resolve it may be for the team to trade the star quarterback, and yet another longtime NFL insider believes Rodgers is not going to change his mind.

Peter King of The MMQB wrote in his weekly column that he believes Rodgers “is solid on never playing for the Packers again.” But even with that in mind, King proposed a possible solution that would allow the two sides to coexist in 2021.

King thinks the Packers should consider promising Rodgers that they will trade him after the 2021 season. The team could also sweeten the pot by telling Rodgers and his representatives that they would work with him if the quarterback gives them a list of teams for which he would like to play.

There are several reasons Rodgers might be open to that scenario, assuming he does not want to retire. The 37-year-old was paid a $6.8 million roster bonus back in March. The Packers could, in theory, come after that money if Rodgers refuses to show up. He also probably has a better chance to win a Super Bowl in Green Bay than any other place he might end up if the Packers trade him this year, so that should appeal to Rodgers on some level.

Packers president Mark Murphy recently said the Rodgers situation has divided the team’s fanbase. With King’s scenario, both sides could sell the idea that they are making one last run at a Super Bowl together before mutually parting ways. That would be much better than the team and one of the best players in franchise history drawing out a long, tenuous divorce. After next season, the Packers could turn things over to Jordan Love.

If you saw the photos and videos of Rodgers living it up in Hawaii recently, you might get the impression that football is not at the forefront of his mind. However, he is the reigning NFL MVP and still at the peak of his game. We’d be shocked if he retired, so the Packers may want to consider exploring King’s idea.

Packers president: Aaron Rodgers matter has ‘divided’ fans

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy shared thoughts about the reality of the Aaron Rodgers situation.

Murphy answered fan questions for his monthly column published on the Packers’ website. One fan told Murphy not to let the “bast-rds” drag him down.

Murphy responded with this:

“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base. The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better,” Murphy wrote.

The part about not saying as much publicly probably helps. It does no good for two sides to continue having leaks and rumors going back-and-forth.

Some fans probably feel that the team should stand strong and not give in to Rodgers. Others probably feel that the quarterback just won MVP and that Green Bay should bring him back at any cost. Rodgers reportedly wants one big change in order to consider a return to the Packers.

Here is where Packers reportedly stand on Aaron Rodgers trade demand

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers appears to be willing to stay away from the Green Bay Packers for as long as it takes to force a trade, but the team is reportedly no closer to granting him his wish.

Matt Schneidman of The Athletic was told by a source that Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst continues to maintain that he “will not” trade Rodgers. That is noteworthy since Green Bay could free up a significant amount of salary cap space by trading Rodgers after Tuesday, which is June 1.

The Packers would be left with a dead salary cap hit of more than $38 million if they traded Rodgers before June 1. Dealing the reigning NFL MVP after that date would free up roughly $16 million in cap space, and the dead cap hit decreases to around $21 million. If the Packers were to trade Rodgers, they were always going to do it after June 1.

As of now, they are not. Rodgers publicly admitted for the first time last week that he is at odds with Green Bay’s front office. He says that has nothing to do with the team trading up to draft Jordan Love last year but is more about the current “philosophy” within the organization.

Some people close to Rodgers reportedly believe the quarterback will never play for the Packers again. There is one significant change the team could make that might help ease the tension, but they appear to be unwilling to make it.

Rodgers certainly seems to be enjoying his life away from the field this offseason. If he is truly dug in and would rather retire than return to Green Bay, Gutekunst may eventually change his mind. For now, however, the stalemate continues.

Miles Teller trolls Packers fans with Aaron Rodgers tweet

Miles Teller

Actor Miles Teller trolled Packers fans during the week with a tweet about Aaron Rodgers.

Teller and his wife have been in Hawaii hanging out with Rodgers and his fiancee, Shailene Woodley. Mind you, this is all taking place during Packers OTAs.

On Thursday, Teller tweeted a photo of himself with his wife at a restaurant in Hawaii. His caption was “Cheers to signing with the Packers.”

Because Teller was with Rodgers, many wondered what the heck was going on. Was he breaking some news about Rodgers signing with Green Bay? Is he messing around?

Teller is actually a Philadelphia Eagles fan. A day before he sent his tweet, the Packers announced the signing of receiver DeAndre Thompkins. Thompkins originally signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2019. Some savvy fans figured that Teller was trolling the Packers and the fans about the Thompkins signing, knowing most would wonder if it were about Rodgers.

Of course, the tweet almost certainly was not about Rodgers. The latest information on the quarterback is that he is done with the Packers.

Report: People close to Aaron Rodgers think he is done with Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has given no indication that he will join his Packers teammates at work anytime soon. That may be something fans in Green Bay are going to have to get used to.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Friday that there are people close to Rodgers who remain adamant that he is stuck in and won’t play for the Packers ever again.” At the very least, Rodgers and the Packers are nowhere near settling their differences.

The Packers began the third phase of their offseason program this week, and Rodgers was never expected to attend. He’s one of several players who have been pushing for changes to the NFL’s offseason schedule, so he may not have shown up even under different circumstances. However, playing for the Packers seems to be the furthest thing from the reigning MVP’s mind at the moment.

La Canfora said he would not be surprised if Rodgers drags the situation out until September in an attempt to force a trade.

Rodgers was in Hawaii this week vacationing with his fiancee Shailene Woodley, actor Miles Teller and Teller’s wife Keleigh, who shared some photos and videos of the crew on social media.

Aaron Rodgers has funny response to vicious trolling from Tom Brady

Aaron Rodgers

Tom Brady wasted no time talking trash to Aaron Rodgers after it was announced on Wednesday that the two quarterbacks will be facing one another in “The Match” this year. It probably took Rodgers a while to process it all, but he came up with the perfect response.

This year’s installment of “The Match” pits Brady and Phil Mickelson against Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau. After the news dropped, Brady immediately took to Twitter to create memes roasting Rodgers and DeChambeau. One of them took a shot at Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for their ill-advised decision to kick a late-game field goal in their playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

The meme Brady used was created when Brooks Koepka showed just how much he hates DeChambeau during an interview at the PGA Championship last week. Koepka felt the need to hilariously apologize to Rodgers for his role in all the trolling. That drew this response from the reigning NFL MVP:

Rodgers then shared an awesome “Star Wars” mash-up that someone made supporting him and DeChambeau.

Koepka isn’t involved in “The Match” and was just trying to make light of the situation, but that didn’t stop DeChambeau from taunting him in a separate tweet.

All of those involved (and even some who aren’t) are certainly doing a great job promoting the event. July 6 can’t come soon enough.

Alex Smith backs Aaron Rodgers in dispute with Packers

Alex Smith

Aaron Rodgers has the backing of at least one longtime NFL quarterback in his ongoing spat with the Green Bay Packers.

Alex Smith, most recently with the Washington Football team, criticized the Packers for failing to consult with Rodgers before drafting Jordan Love. Smith said it was “inexcusable” that this was not communicated to Rodgers beforehand, especially with the Packers in contention for championships.

“It’s inexcusable how they ever got to this point,” Smith told Colin Cowherd Wednesday on “The Herd.” “Aaron’s been there 16 years, what he’s given to that organization and been there. … I don’t think it was the fact that they drafted Jordan Love in the first round. How do you have a guy like Aaron and you aren’t going out of your way to make sure that he knows that he’s loved, that they want him there? That we may be taking a quarterback in the first round, we want to make sure you’re okay with it.

“You’re thinking you’re a move away from the Super Bowl and then blindsided with a pick. I just don’t understand how you haven’t addressed that beforehand when you make a move like that.”

It’s worth noting that Packers GM Brian Gutekunst seems to agree with Smith to a certain degree. Fundamentally, some of these problems could have been prevented with better communication.

The Packers don’t seem to regret the Love selection. They also don’t appear any closer to resolving the Rodgers situation, and if Smith’s thinking aligns with Rodgers, it’s fair to see why.

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Brooks Koepka hilariously apologizes to Aaron Rodgers over ‘The Match’

Brooks Koepka

Wednesday’s announcement of the latest installment of “The Match” prompted some hilarious trash talk, and even those who aren’t taking part are getting involved.

The leading trash talker so far has been Tom Brady, who will partner with Phil Mickelson to take on Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau in July. Brady made heavy use of a meme featuring DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka to troll his opponents. This prompted a hilarious response from Koepka, who kept it simple.

Is Koepka apologizing for Rodgers having to play with Brady? Or is this a shot at his noted rival? You decide.

Brady’s trash talk, at the very least, is nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe Rodgers will have some kind of response, though he seems to be occupied elsewhere right now.

Tom Brady savagely trolls Aaron Rodgers to promote ‘The Match’

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is once again partnering with Phil Mickelson in this year’s installment of “The Match,” and the seven-time Super Bowl champion has wasted no time talking serious trash to his opponents.

Turner Sports announced on Wednesday that Brady and Mickelson will face Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau on July 6 at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont. Not long after the news was released, Brady got to work trolling Rodgers and DeChambeau. He did not hold back.

That, of course, is a reference to the Green Bay Packers kicking a field goal late in their playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. They were down 8 (Brady said 7) with just over two minutes left and facing 4th and goal from the Tampa Bay 8-yard line. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur opted to kick a field goal and hope his team got the ball back, which it never did.

Brady also took aim at DeChambeau using the same meme.

He didn’t really have to do that, as the meme itself mocks DeChambeau in a way. It was born this week when a video went viral that showed just how much Brooks Koepka hates DeChambeau.

Lastly, Brady acknowledged how annoyed Rodgers and DeChambeau must already be with his trash talk.

We have a feeling Rodgers won’t be bothered. He was already trolled over the field goal decision when he hosted “Jeopardy!” earlier this year, and the reigning NFL MVP took it in stride. You can see that video here.

Brady is doing his best to make sure “The Match” is just as entertaining this year as it has been in the past.

Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson to face Aaron Rodgers, Bryson DeChambeau in ‘The Match’

Phil Mickelson

Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson lost to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in “The Match” last year, but the duo will get another chance to prove their worth against new opponents in July.

Turner Sports announced on Wednesday that there will be a fourth edition of “The Match” played on July 6 at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont. Brady and Mickelson will face off against Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau.

“The Match” has been wildly popular since Mickelson and Tiger Woods faced one another back in 2018. The event returned last May when Mickelson and Brady faced Woods and Manning and raised over $20 million for charity during the pandemic. Then in November, Mickelson partnered with Charles Barkley to defeat Manning and Stephen Curry.

Brady has already begun talking trash ahead of the July showdown.

Golf fans were probably hoping Brooks Koepka would be involved given how much him and DeChambeau hate each other, but this year’s match should be plenty entertaining.

Brady embarrassed himself in many ways during “The Match” last year, so he should be extremely motivated to turn things around. Between that and Mickelson coming off a huge win at the PGA Championship, we like their chances against DeChambeau and Rodgers.