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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.

Aaron Rodgers no longer generating trade interest?

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has yet to indicate whether or not he will report to the Green Bay Packers this offseason, but it does not sound like the team is exploring potential trades for the reigning NFL MVP.

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. Some have wondered if Rodgers could go that route, but Friday is the last day players can opt out. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “Get Up!” Friday morning that the feeling around the NFL is Rodgers won’t opt out, so what’s next?

Not a trade, apparently.

“Now, I talked to a source who said, ‘Look, he’s the most competitive person in the world, opting out and killing his season right now on July 2 would be difficult for him to do,'” Fowler said, as transcribed by Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels. “I’ve also checked in with multiple teams around the league who are monitoring the Aaron Rodgers trade situation. They said there is no trade market for Rodgers right now.”

The later we get into the offseason, the less likely Rodgers is to be traded. The vast majority of NFL teams already know who their starting quarterback will be in Week 1. A select few (like the Denver Broncos) would probably be willing to acquire Rodgers at any time, but the Packers insist they are not trading the 37-year-old.

A recent rumor about Rodgers and a country club got Packers fans excited, but there is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the situation.

Here is why Aaron Rodgers is reportedly unlikely to opt out of 2021

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has a unique opportunity to sit out the 2021 season without taking a huge financial hit, but the Green Bay Packers star is unlikely to go that route.

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. Rodgers is in the middle of a dispute with the Packers that has no end in sight, so there has been speculation that he could simply opt out and have the team agree to trade him next offseason.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, that is unlikely to happen. The main reason is that the deadline to opt out is July 2, and the decision is final.

Rodgers already collected a $6.8 million roster bonus for this season in March. He also has an $11.5 million signing bonus for this season. That money would still eventually be paid out if he opts out of 2021. However, as one source told Florio, Rodgers is confident he won’t have to pay back any money even if he doesn’t opt out and still ends up not playing this season.

There are still too many unknowns with the situation between Rodgers and the Packers, so the belief is that the 37-year-old will not want to make himself ineligible for the 2021 season by July 2.

Another option for Rodgers would be retiring due to a football injury and then returning in 2022. However, Florio notes that Rodgers has given no indication that he would go that route.

A recent country club rumor involving Rodgers got Packers fans excited, but the drama is likely to drag on for at least several more weeks.

Should Packers be worried about Davante Adams’ latest Aaron Rodgers comments?

Davante Adams

The situation between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers has gotten quiet over the past few weeks, and it is hard to tell if that is a positive or negative sign for the team. Davante Adams once again shared his thoughts on the stalemate this week, and some within the NFL community think the remarks should worry the Packers.

Adams told Paulina Dedaj of FOX News on Monday that he will be at training camp next month “ready to rock” regardless of what happens with Rodgers. The star receiver certainly did not sound confident that Rodgers will also be in attendance.

“Hopefully, Aaron will be there as well and if he’s not, we’re gonna get going,” Adams said. “Like I said in the press recently, I back him and I support him whatever he does. It’s just kind of how we get down. We’ve always had each other’s backs since I first got here. Like I said, praying that he comes back, but if not I’ll be there and I’ll be working.”

It’s worth noting that Rodgers and Adams are close. Adams probably has a better idea of what is going on than the average person, and we doubt he would weaken Rodgers’ stance even if he knew the reigning NFL MVP was eventually planning to show up.

That said, former NFL executive and ESPN analyst Mike Tannenbaum said on “Get Up!” Wednesday that he thinks the Packers should be concerned.

It doesn’t seem like Rodgers is anywhere close to backing down, even if a recent rumor about him joining a country club got some Green Bay fans excited.

Adams and Rodgers are arguably the best QB-WR duo in the NFL, so it goes without saying that Adams wants Rodgers back. Perhaps he understands that No. 12 holding out into the season is a legitimate possibility.