Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers is unhappy and wants out. Strangely, the latest news coming out of the MVP’s camp involves Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
Rodgers won’t return to the Packers as long as Brian Gutekunst remains the general manager. He’s so fed up with him that he’s mocking him in group chats with teammates by referring to him as the person Jordan hated the most during his dominant run on the Bulls.
Aaron Rodgers refers to Brian Gutekunst as Jerry Krause, the GM Michael Jordan hated
According to Bob McGinn of the Athletic, Rodgers has mocked Gutekunst in group chats with his teammates by referring to the GM as Jerry Krause, the Bulls’ architect during the Jordan dynasty years.
As we learned in the Last Dance docuseries, Jordan despised Krause. Despite winning six championships together, the two did not have a good relationship.
Before the 1997-98 NBA season, Krause told the Chicago media that Bulls head coach Phil Jackson wouldn’t return in 1998-99. Everyone on the team, most notably Jordan and Scottie Pippen, was furious at Krause for prematurely breaking up the dynasty.
The Packers have only won one Super Bowl during the Rodgers era, but the QB believes management hasn’t done a good job of surrounding him with the best talent. There’s also the issue of Gutekunst drafting Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft without consulting Rodgers.
While Rodgers and Jordan both hated their general managers, the Packers icon is doing something MJ never thought about.
Aaron Rodgers may not report to training camp
Multiple reports have stated that Rodgers won’t report to Packers’ training camp in July and is hell-bent on getting traded. While Jordan hated playing for Krause, he loved suiting up for the Bulls and never thought about holding out.
Rodgers’ contract runs through 2023 and contains a roster bonus of $6.8 million for being on the roster as of March 20. If the Packers don’t trade the gunslinger and he doesn’t play at all in 2021, he would lose his $14.7 million base salary and $500,000 workout bonus.
No player in NFL history has been traded after winning the MVP Award. Rodgers won his third MVP in 2020 after throwing for 4,299 yards and 48 touchdowns while completing 70.7% of his passes.
Jordan retired from the NBA for the second time in 1998 after winning his sixth title, sixth Finals MVP, and fifth regular-season MVP. He was never traded during his legendary career.
If Rodgers has played his last snap for the Packers, a team in the AFC West could make a major offer for the future Hall of Famer.
The Broncos want A-Rod
According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, the Denver Broncos will “put the most in front” of the Packers to try to make a Rodgers trade go down. John Elway has been looking for a star quarterback ever since Peyton Manning retired, and Rodgers fits that bill.
Many insiders around the NFL believe Rodgers has played his final game for the Packers. If Green Bay trades the signal-caller, they will try and move him to an AFC team so they don’t have to worry about him dominating their conference.
Jordan and Rodgers are two of the greatest players in sports history. However, one of them is acting like a baby, while the other played the game at the highest level despite having a tense relationship with this superiors.