Following the Green Bay Packers‘ disappointing playoff exit, the attention around the franchise has centered on Aaron Rodgers‘ future. The star quarterback aired uncertainty concerning his remaining time in Green Bay. Another wrinkle to the situation has cropped up as one of Rodgers‘ former teammates believes he knows exactly why the future Hall of Famer voiced those remarks.
Aaron Rodgers airs uncertain future
The chatter around the Packers spun into uncertain vibes after Aaron Rodgers voiced he was unsure about his long-term future with the franchise following their playoff exit.
Rodgers has remained steadfast in his desire to stay with the franchise but has acknowledged that he lacks control over what lies ahead. It didn’t take long for his words to garner significant attention and transition into trade rumors.
Although Rodgers has since clarified his comments, one of his ex-teammates believes he knows the intent of the postgame remarks.
Aaron Rodgers’ ex-teammate believes he has revenge motive against the Packers
Beyond the uncertain chatter spewed out by Aaron Rodgers, many are curious why the star quarterback chose to go that route.
Former Packers’ Pro Bowl offensive lineman T.J. Lang believes he knows why the 37-year-old decided to voice his remarks after the NFC championship game loss, according to reporting by John Healy of Radio.com,
“I think he was quietly pissed when they took Jordan Love a year ago,” Lang said. “The one thing I’ll say about Aaron Rodgers, pretty much the last 10 years of his career he’s wanted that team to just go all-in for one year. ‘Just give me some pieces, let’s just go all-in, let’s trade a future first if we have to get a couple guys. Let’s just go all-in and try to win this thing.’
And then last year, he hinted at them doing that, ‘Hey, I’m excited, let’s see who they can bring in,’ and they bring in a QB. I think that was the ultimate slap to the face when you feel like you’re one piece away from winning the whole thing.”
Lang spent the bulk of his NFL career with Green Bay, which gives him insight into his former teammate’s mindset. Even if that were the case, Rodgers likely won’t voice that publicly as it could create more friction and a stronger negative perception around the situation.
Nonetheless, there is something to Rodgers’ words that certainly gives off a strange vibe around the Packers.
Green Bay publicly backs their quarterback
Since Aaron Rodgers cleared the air concerning his initial uncertain comments, the Packers have moved quickly to voice that the star quarterback isn’t going anywhere.
Head coach Matt LaFleur has already stated on a couple of occasions that he feels Rodgers will remain with the franchise for several more years. Meanwhile, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy took an even stronger route by voicing that the franchise would be “idiots” to move off the likely 2020 season MVP.
Green Bay recently turned down the LA Rams’ trade attempt to acquire Rodgers before they landed for Matthew Stafford. General manager Brian Gutekunst followed those rumors by stating there is no truth to those reports while further backing the 37-year-old as the future under center. (H/T Packers Wire)
“We’re really excited, not only for next year, but for the years to come. He’s playing at such a high level that he always has,” Gutekunst said. “He’s our quarterback, and he’s our leader.”
Through it all, what has been made quite clear is that Rodgers wants to play his entire career with the Packers. Beyond his current contract, the situation is out of his hands, and his comments after the NFC championship game only further underlined that fact.