Since last offseason, there has remained an unresolved future ahead for Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers. The star quarterback has stayed the path of wanting to play his entire career with the franchise. However, there has been a dramatic shift in that tone, leading him to levy an ultimatum to the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers voices his desire to leave the Packers
After months of internal rumblings regarding Aaron Rodgers’ frustration with the Packers, he has reached a breaking point.
Hours before the first round of the 2021 NFL draft on Thursday, reports surfaced that the star quarterbacks voiced to some within the organization that he wants out. It marks the first time in his career that he’s aired that sentiment to the franchise where he’s spent his first 16 seasons.
The situation has now taken another concerning turn with Rodgers’ latest demand.
Aaron Rodgers refuses to play another down with the Packers if they don’t fulfill his demand
With the saga around Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Packers taking a drastic turn, it has put plenty of pressure on the franchise.
Rodgers’ frustration with the organization has hit another level after the latest report from Yahoo Sports‘ Charles Robinson revealing that the star quarterback won’t return unless general manager Brian Gutekunst is gone.
The 37-year-old’s disdain toward Gutekunst likely stems from the team’s handling of the roster, primarily through the draft. It likely goes well beyond moving up in the first round in last year’s draft to take Jordan Love.
The Packers have done a poor job in providing Rodgers more offensive weapons to utilize in the passing game. Since Gutenkunst became the general manager in 2018, he has yet to take a receiver before the third round.
Meanwhile, the team has been hesitant to add talent through a trade or free agency. The Packers haven’t provided much in the way of more game-changing playmakers to couple alongside Pro Bowl wideout Davante Adams.
All that, coupled with the lack of an extension to remain in Green Bay, has pushed him to this breaking point. The pressure is all on the franchise now to decide on the pressing matter.
Packers control his ultimate fate
It marks the first time in Rodgers’ career that he’s gone to any extreme extent with his situation in Green Bay.
He has previously voiced his internal concerns to the franchise, but nothing to this level of him threatening to retire. Rodgers has moved well beyond reasoning as it’s been months of bubbling frustration with matters that have gone largely unresolved.
The three-time MVP holds a strong connection with the fan base and organization, but things have reached an apparent impasse. Rodgers wants a say in how the rest of his NFL career pans out, which this may be his only route.
The question becomes whether the Packers will make that franchise-altering move now or wait it out until next offseason when his dead cap hit drops drastically. The front office likely believes they can work through this current mess, but it’s a ticking time bomb that will implode at some point.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Las Vegas Raiders are reportedly among his preferred landing spots. The 49ers are likely out of the picture after taking Trey Lance in this year’s draft, but the Raiders and Broncos could make strong offers.
Nonetheless, the ball is in the Packers’ court to decide what lies next with their disgruntled star quarterback.